Marcel D’Entremont to Open Sunday Music in the Garden Room’s 2016-17 Season


By Janet Kirkconnell

Tenor Marcel d’Entremont, accompanied by Dakota Scott-Digout on piano, will open the 2016 – 2017 season of “Sunday Music in the Garden Room” at 2pm on September 25 in Acadia’s K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre. The program includes songs by Robert and Clara Schumann, Ravel, Liszt, Schubert, Britten, Copland, and Donna Rhodenizer, among others, and an aria from Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz.   
On his first appearance in Europe this past year at the Opéra de Rouen as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, a Rouen critic wrote: “The young Canadian tenor, Marcel d’Entremont, only 25 years old, was expressive with his round, free voice, with an aria full of great finesse, reminiscent of Anton Dermota or Nicolai Gedda.”  The comparison to two of the most illustrious tenors of the last century, especially known for their singing of the same role, is indicative of the bright future ahead for this young singer. A graduate of Acadia’s School of Music, by d’Entremont was heard often, on and off campus, during his years in Wolfville at Festival Theatre, Denton Hall’s auditorium, the Wolfville Baptist Church, and even Wickwire Place where he volunteered as a casual entertainer. The Garden Room concert is one in an eight-centre tour of the Maritimes, as winner of the Atlantic Young Artist competition. Find more info at Admission is free.   
The next two programs in the 6-concert “Sunday Music in the Garden Room” series are Stan and Nelly Chen (violins) on October 16, and, on November 27, a return of Quebec City pianist Maxim Bernard, who was heard in the series last season with a violinist – a concert reviewed glowingly in the Grapevine. His program is a homage to Vladimir Horowitz, the exact same program that Horowitz played on his triumphant return to Moscow in old age.