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Angélique Kidjo Sings Glass 2024-2025

Glass’ music fuels the imagination of Angélique Kidjo, who brings Beninese legends to life with her vocal depth and power.

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While Beethoven poetically depicted birdsong and rippling streams, Janácek, a stark observer, contrasted the stillness of forest life with the conflict-filled world of humans. Meanwhile, Glass drew inspiration from African poems that tell of the creation myth and deities of the ancient Ifé Empire, fuelling the imagination of Angélique Kidjo, who brings these legends to life with vocal depth and power.

Artists

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Elena Schwarz, conductor

Angélique Kidjo, voice

Programme

Leoš Janáček, The Cunning Little Vixen, Suite (arr. C. Mackerras, 22 min.)

Philip Glass, Ifé, Three Yorùbá Songs (20 min.)

Intermission (20 min)

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 in F major, op. 68, ‘‘Pastoral’’ (39 min.)

Total duration105minutes