The curtain fell. Jacques Clement led to a last Symphony of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean on Sunday at the Theatre National Bank in Chicoutimi. But can not hide a certain emotion, the maestro concluded his 37-year career by guiding the musicians as if he had many other concerts before him.
The room was packed for the farewell of the head and the second performance of the legendary concert Dating, 14 h. In his retirement, Jacques Clement has offered an opening number which he had long dreamed. He who leaves would provide a space for young people.
The artistic director of the orchestra wanted to forge a link between the children and the symphony orchestra. “We had realized, there are six seven, the music was losing a lot of importance to youth. We wanted to develop new projects, that we could start there about two years, “he told the audience at the beginning of the concert.
The result of this work with the Commission scolaire des Rives-du-Saguenay was unveiled Sunday. In total, 50 children were selected for the opening number. They sang excerpts from folk songs, starting with the people of my country Gilles Vigneault.
La Petite Suite Quebec, Marie Bernard, a contemporary composition composed in the 90s, then followed. The room is distinguished by its sometimes surprising sounds and percussion.
The wood and brass then joined the orchestra Symphony No. 4 of Schubert, where one feels melancholy which then gives way to joy.
Jacques Clément directed the orchestra as usual. When he turned to thank the audience after each piece, the sparkle in his eyes and the smile of the maestro, however, betrayed the emotion of his last moments at the head of the orchestra.
The audience clearly wanted to honor him, applauding between movements and compositions manifesting warmly between each piece. In fact, the audience seemed more emotional than the conductor itself.
The second part certainly promised to be the highlight of the concert. The guest soloist, pianist David Jalbert, then joined the orchestra for the Piano Concerto no. 2 of Johannes Brahms, at which The Daily unfortunately could not attend.
We bet that the last applause had to be loaded with emotion.
The new Maestro Symphony Orchestra of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean will be known on May 20 at the unveiling of the programming for next season. By then, a tribute will be paid to Jacques Clement at the last event of the season, during Mardi concerts on April 19.