March 2019

Theodora Stathopoulos What's New

March 2019 — Encore!Sistema Quebec is proud to announce its upcoming collaboration with Maestro Boris Brott, Soprano Sharon Azrieli, and the McGill Chamber Orchestra in their presentation of Musique Francaise.

The maestro comments on this collaboration:

“It has always been a mission of mine to offer young talent the opportunity of sharing the stage with our enthusiastic and excellent MCO musicians, The El Sistema program positively changes the lives of these young people. You will be inspired by their achievements as I am.”

The young string players, from ages 7-12, will perform on their own as well as with the McGill Chamber Orchestra, including a stirring “Habanera” from Carmen, with Sharon Azrieli.

The concert takes place at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall on March 31, 2019 at 7:30pm. This ticketed event is open to the public. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 514-487-5190.

The Parc-Ex site, under the direction of head teacher Michael Depasquale, begins work on real instruments, including violins and cellos for its new beginner students. In February, these students began their first classes on paper instruments, made and decorated by the students themselves. They used these paper instruments to learn basic positioning and technique in preparation for receiving their real violins and cellos. The students now begin work on the basic, fundamental techniques needed to begin performing music.