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Concerts for the Elders

For Christmas Time (December 2016), Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà will visit various organisations and residences for seniors in the greater Montreal region, as well as organisations and medical centres for children.

Inspired by the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice, La Pietà is an all-female string orchestra composed of some of the best musicians in the country. Since the funding of the orchestra in 1997, La Pietà has been performing in the most prevalent concert halls around the world, becoming a proud ambassador of Canadian talent both nationally and internationally.

Angèle Dubeau is the funder and artistic director of this ensemble. As one of the most accomplished musicians in Canada, this violinist virtuoso has been leading an exceptional career for more than 35 years in more then 40 countries. Numerous prizes and distinctions worldwide have rewarded her talent, virtuosity and musicianship.

Accessible music to the widest public possible has always been considered a necessity for the musician, and values of engagement towards the society are part of her philosophy. It is for this reason that La Pietà has been performing since 2012 in retirement complexes during the Christmas period. The goal of these concerts is inevitably to bring an enjoyable cultural experience to the elders who, too often, have to bear with solitude during this period.

Her communication skills, added to her ease in transmitting her musical passion and knowledge, allow for the public to encounter music with all the decorum of a concert hall, while remaining inside their home. The movement and rhythm of the performance open communication channels while stimulating the senses and producing images and souvenirs.

The concerts consist in a spatial and temporal escapade through the musical centuries, presenting an array of composers, cultures and styles. A travel around the world instilled with serenity. From Vivaldi to Brubeck and Russia to Quebec, the public is presented with an assortment of musical pieces around the Christmas premise.

The originality and creativity of La Pietà’s performances are what have contributed in building the orchestra’s notoriety. Composer Telemann said: “music should not be the prerogative of an exclusive elite, but rather a common good”. The democratization of music remains a priority for Angèle Dubeau, and the musicians of La Pietà share this conviction that greatly influences their musical approach to the various publics.