I Musici de Montreal chamber orchestra continues its season by welcoming the incredible Quebec harpist Valérie Milot and the renowned Canadian conductor Tania Miller in a program where Debussy and Ravel’s impressionism rubs shoulders with the Boieldieu’s romanticism.  The concert will take place on Thursday, November 17, at 7:30 pm, at the Salle Pierre-Mercure of the Centre Pierre-Péladeau.

« Paris has long delighted everyone with its beautiful architecture, its top-notch food, and its buzzing nightlife. The wonderful harpist Valérie Milot and renowned Canadian conductor Tania Miller will share Paris’s musical splendour and sensitivity with us in a program combining the Impressionism of Debussy and Ravel with the Romanticism of Boieldieu. Without a doubt, the harp is best suited to unveil the entire colour palette of these magical works. You’ll have an opportunity to rediscover violinists Amélie Benoit-Bastien and Hubert Brizard in the second half of the concert—two professional musicians you’re familiar with by now. Both violinists are I Musici de Montréal members who will play in Arvo Pärt’s extremely trippy and meditative Tabula Rasa. » says Jean-François, conductor and artistic advisor.

A sought-after soloist, Valérie Milot regularly performs a rich solo repertoire with prestigious orchestras. Simultaneously, her YouTube channel boasts over three million views. Her numerous collaborations mark a vast discography and frequent appearances on stage, and on radio and television. Valérie is a professor of harp at the Montreal Conservatory of Music, in addition to holding a Prix avec Grande Distinction upon the completion of her studies with Caroline Lizotte (2008). Winner of the Prix d’Europe the same year, she is the first harpist to win this award in almost a century. Her accomplishments continue thereafter, when she is named Révélation Radio-Canada and received multiple prizes. 

Recently appointed Acting Principal Conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, the Canadian Conductor, Tania Miller was Music Director of Canada’s Victoria Symphony for 14 years, and was named Music Director Emerita for her commitment to the orchestra and community.  She has distinguished herself as a visionary leader and innovator with a deep commitment to contemporary repertoire and composers and has gained a national reputation as a highly effective advocate and communicator for the arts. An avid writer about music and the arts, her writing has been featured in the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Symphony Magazine, Toronto’s Globe and Mail, and Better Humans. In addition to her engagement with Calgary Opera, other operatic engagements include numerous productions as Artistic Director of Michigan Opera Works (Rape of Lucretia, Semele, Dido and Aeneas), as Conductor of Opera McGill in Montreal (Tales of Hoffmann, Marriage of Figaro), as Assistant Conductor of University of Michigan Opera (Daughter of the Regiment, L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Le Rossignol, Magic Flute) and as assistant to Michigan Opera Theatre’s production of Eugene Onegin. 


Debussy Danse sacrée et danse profane for harp and string orchestra

Ravel – Pavane pour une infante défunte

Boieldieu Concerto pour harpe en do majeur (in tre tempi) 1801

Frehner Mojave Dreaming

Pärt – Tabula Rasa for two violins and prepared piano


Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.: Pierre-Mercure hall

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