“The point is to sound good. But it cannot hurt to look good,” writes Arthur Kaptainis in Friday’s (11/17) Montreal Gazette (Canada). “Which is why [Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Yannick] Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain will take custom stage apparel rather than traditional tails to Europe for their six-city tour, starting in Dortmund, Germany, on Nov. 26 and ending Dec. 3 in Paris. The designed-in-Quebec duds are by Marie Saint Pierre, founder of Maison Marie Saint Pierre and an alumna of LaSalle College, which is collaborating on the project. Shoes are provided by Montreal-based Aldo. You can get an eyeful as well as an earful at the Maison symphonique on Wednesday in an all-French pre-tour concert featuring Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été), Alexandre Tharaud (Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand) and Jean-Guihen Queyras (Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No. 1) led by Nézet-Séguin (who also conducts Debussy’s La Mer).” Brief video previewing the attire is included.
Posted November 20, 2017