The OSQ offers a comfort concert

The attacks that occurred on Halloween night shook Quebec City. The Orchester symphonique de Québec will present a comforting webcast on Friday evening.

A free show, presented live, at 8 p.m., on the OSQ’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Quebec soprano Hélène Guilmette will be featured in three of the seven pieces performed under the direction of guest conductor Nicolas Ellis. We will also find readings by comedians Jacques Leblanc and Robert Lepage.

“We need light, to escape and comfort in a month of November which started badly and with the pandemic which continues”, launched the lyric singer, during an interview.


The soprano from Montmagny will sing the Bist du bei mir from Stölzel, the Pius Jesus of Requiem de Fauré and the Morgen by Strauss.

“I proposed the Morgen by Strauss. It is a play which is filled with hope and which speaks of the beautiful tomorrows. We find a magnificent violin solo, from start to finish, which will be performed by Catherine Dallaire, ”she mentioned.

Hélène Guilmette specifies that this show aims to give courage and to think about the people who have left us.

“There are no words to describe the violent and brutal way in which these people left. This concert will highlight the bright side more than the tragic side. The goal is to stick together and do good, ”she explained.

This will be, for the soprano, a second concert without an audience since the start of the pandemic.

“We will have to get used to concerts without an audience. I feel like it’s going to be like this for a little while, ”she remarked.

The OSQ will also be in the spotlight, during this concert presented live, with theAdagio for strings by Barber, the Symphony number 7 by Beethoven, the Symphony number 2 by Schumann and the Symphony number 5 by Mahler.

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