Carl St.Clair, conductor
Alain Lefèvre, piano
RAVEL: Le Tombeau de Couperin
RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G Major
BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Obsession, unrequited love and…opium; when mixed properly, these ingredients leave you with Berlioz’s vivid and dream-like Symphonie Fantastique. Also featured is Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, a series of portraits dedicated to friends lost in World War I along with his jazzy Piano Concerto in G Major with the spectacular Lefèvre.
Acclaimed as a “hero” (Los Angeles Times), a “spectacular pianist” (Fanfare), a “smashing” performer (Washington Post), Alain Lefèvre won the 2010 JUNO Award for Best Classical Album of the Year. Saluted by the international press for his “phenomenal technique” (The Spectator), Lefèvre is a pianist who “breaks the mold” (International PIANO, London), and who “truly stands out from the typical trends and artifices offered on the international scene” (Classica). Music reviewer David Patrick Stearns in a feature article on the conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin for The Inquirer wrote about a performance with Lefèvre as soloist: “Monitoring his unedited radio broadcasts, I’ve heard perhaps the single greatest performance of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F.’’
From the beginning of his career, Lefèvre has included, commissioned and battled for the music of our time. Alexander Brott, Walter Boudreau, John Corigliano, François Dompierre, Pierre-Max Dubois, Henri Dutilleux, Alain Payette are but a few of the composers he has added to his core répertoire. Lefèvre has also championed the music of the forgotten genius, composer and pianist André Mathieu, called the “Canadian Mozart”. He was music director, composer and pianist for the 2010 motion picture “L’Enfant prodige,” a film based on André Mathieu’s life.