Bourne's Montreal: Cubans And Clarinets
July 17, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
FIJM 2014's opening night Concert D'Ouverture featured the OSM (Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal) playing Gershwin classics in the city’s still-new Symphony Hall.
The OSM opened with Gershwin’s "Cuban Overture," which was not quite as lively as it ought to be played. They maybe could've used more Cuban drummers. They have oodles of Cuban musicians living in very international Montreal.
Classical pianist Alain Lefevre played some charming Previn-esque originals in a trio with two of the jazz scene's masters, bassist Michel Donato and drummer Paul Brochu.
"Rhapsody In Blue" climaxed the first half, with Lefevre playing more jazzfully than classically, across the bar lines and feeling improvisatory -- although the linchpin of the orchestra was a clarinet soloist whose name I never knew.
Lefevre certainly knew, and as the orchestra was cheered, Lefevre walked through all the horns to shake the clarinetist's hands.
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