A day of rehearsals with Rafael Payare

Through this series of photos, the OSM invites you to discover a rehearsal with its new Music Director, Rafael Payare. The pictures were taken on January 12, 2021, during rehearsals for the concert Charles Richard-Hamelin and Mozart’s Concerto no. 24: Merging Finesse and Depth.

9:45 a.m.

Rafael Payare and spouse cellist Alisa Weilerstein arrive at the Maison symphonique for a day of rehearsals.

After complying with all sanitary protocol measures implemented by the Maison symphonique, Maestro Payare settles into his dressing room to review the day’s schedule.

10 a.m.

Rafael Payare enters onto the stage of the Maison symphonique for the first rehearsal of the day, devoted to two enchanting, magical works: Fairytale Poem by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite.

Maestro Payare and Concertmaster Andrew Wan share their perspectives on certain musical passages. Collaboration between conductor and concertmaster is essential in creating a concert’s magic.

1:15 p.m.

The afternoon is devoted to a rehearsal with Quebec pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, featuring Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 24. This is an opportunity for the two artists to meet for the first time.

Before stepping up to the podium to conduct, Rafael Payare takes note of the pianist’s interpretation and provides a few instructions.

2 p.m.

Rafael Payare and Charles Richard-Hamelin join the musicians on stage to rehearse, under the watchful eye of OSM Assistant Conductor Thomas Le Duc-Moreau. After a busy, music-filled day, Rafael Payare will sort out the final details for tomorrow’s recording.