Last night, I attended a wonderful concert by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra with conductor Kent Nagano, presented by the University Musical Society (UMS). This was my first time seeing this Orchestra.
The concert began with a lovely and well-balanced performance of the short "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" by Debussy. After a extended break to reconfigure the seating and to "lift" the Steinway piano onto the stage, the Orchestra was joined by pianist Daniil Trifonov for the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major. Trifonov's performance was intense and generated a standing ovation, with the audience demanding more. They got what they wanted with an extended encore -- Etudes d'execution transcendants d'apres Paganini by Liszt.
After intermission, the Orchestra treated the crowd to the complete 60 minute ballet music of The Firebird by Stravinsky. The performance was again well balanced and showcased almost every instrument in the orchestra, including trumpets off stage. After another standing ovation, the orchestra treated the crowd to two encores -- Ravel's Pavane Pour une Infante Defunte and Bizet's L'Arlesienne Suite No 2. - Farandole.
An enjoyable evening of music by a fantastic orchestra!