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17. A Journey In Style: Jazz, Organ and Beyond

17. A Journey in Style: Jazz, Organ and Beyond

Maison symphonique de Montréal

Ensemble InSpirations presents a mosaic of different musical traditions: touches of folklore from the Balkans, klezmer, jazz, and a sprinkling of Latin flavour. An original programme conceived by five seasoned artists giving audiences the chance to discover an unexpected dimension of the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique.

Ensemble InSpirations
André Moisan, clarinets and saxophones
Frédéric Alarie, double bass
Hélène Lemay, trombone
Paul Picard, percussions
Jean-Willy Kunz, organ


Balkan Traditional, Grana od bora (arr. Bojan Z Quartet & J.-W. Kunz)

Béla Kovács, Shalom Aleichem, rov Feidman!

Bart Howard, Fly Me to the Moon (arr. H. Lemay & R. Prévost)

Frédéric Alarie / John ColtraneIn Spirit / Impressions

Chick Corea, Spain

Paquito d’Rivera, Guataca City

“A solid and bright musical instinct”

– Frédéric Cardin, Ici Musique


$22 to $45*


SATURDAY August 10, 2019

03:15 P.M.

Win a pair of VIP tickets to the opening concert of the Classical Spree
and meet Maestro Kent Nagano!

Purchase a minimum of two Classical Spree concerts and you become eligible to win front row seats at the OSM’s concert on the Esplanade of Olympic Park, August 7! From the Parterre seated area, you will contemplate the Orchestra’s magic and even meet its conductor Kent Nagano during a private post-concert cocktail.

Your participation couldn’t be made any simpler: by purchasing two concerts or more through or at the OSM ticket office, you are automatically entered in the draw to win 1 of 10 pairs of tickets, next August 1**. Get ready to immerse yourself at the heart of the music by transforming your concert experience into a simply unforgettable adventure!

*Valid exclusively for tickets purchased at or at the OSM box office. Purchases via the Place des Arts website or ticket services will not be entered into the draw.
**For details, please consult the Contest Rules.

“With its large range,” writes Jean-Willy Kunz, the organ “can rival the double bass in the low registers, and join with the percussion to complete the rhythm section of this extraordinary quintet.” This description appears on Ensemble InSpirations’s 2015 album Impressions, from which this concert presents a broad spectrum of highlights.

Balkan folk song Grana od bora was first arranged by Yugoslavian-born jazz pianist Bojan Z and his quartet; Shalom Aleichem is an original klezmer composition by Hungarian clarinet virtuoso Béla Kovács. Klezmer—an instrumental folk genre from Eastern European Ashkenazi Jewish communities—reflects Jewish soundscapes, from the modes and articulations of cantorial (synagogue) music to dance rhythms. Kovács’s piece begins with a lament supported by clarinet trills and glissandi, then accelerates—not without some humorous effects—and comes to a sparkling conclusion.

First introduced in 1954, Bart Howard’s “Fly Me to the Moon” achieved mass popularity in an instrumental bossa nova version in 1962. Frédéric Alarie’s homage to renowned saxophonist and improviser John Coltrane takes up the latter’s famous standard, “Impressions.” Next comes Chick Corea’s jazz hit “Spain,” which quotes Joaquín Rodrigo’s 1939 guitar concerto Concierto de Aranjuez before settling into a samba-like rhythm that alternates between composed themes and improvisations. “Guataca City,” by Cuban-born saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito d’Rivera, closes out the concert.