Martin Kutnowski: “En la mar hay una torre” (“In the Sea There Is a Tower”)

Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra, David Sampson: Serenade for Trumpet and String Orchestra, Edward Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for strings, Haydn: Symphony #44 in E minor “Trauer” Hob 1:44

December 16, 2020, 7:30pm
Imperial Theatre, Saint John

Friday, December 18, 2020, 7:30pm
Community Peace Centre, Moncton

December 19, 2020, 7:30pm
The Playhouse, Fredericton

Program Notes


Guest Conductor Mélanie Léonard

Mélanie Léonard is currently the Music Director of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra. A Montréal native, Ms. Léonard, guest conducted with a number of Canadian orchestras and performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on several occasions. She worked with acclaimed artists, including Herbie Hancock, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Shauna Rolston, Charles Richard-Hamelin and actors John Rhys Davies (Lord of the Rings) and Garrett Wang (Star Trek).


She conducted the orchestra and choir for the music recording featured in Aura, a show produced by Moment Factory and currently presented at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal. Mrs Léonard was also invited to give a conference about artistic leadership as part of the 2017 Festival Orford Musique. During the 2018-2019 season, she is making her debut with Symphony New Brunswick, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and is reinvited to guest conduct the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Stratford Symphony Orchestra.


Ms. Léonard holds a Doctorate in orchestral conducting from the University of Montréal, where she studied with Maestri Paolo Bellomia and Jean-François Rivest. In 2012 she was honoured with the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestra Conducting by the Canada Council for the Arts.