Two French Canadians tackle Chopin’s ‘youth elixir’ concerto

Canada has produced a healthy share of classical music talent over the last few decades, including singers Maureen Forrester, Teresa Stratas, Jon Vickers and Ben Heppner, pianist Glenn Gould and guitarist Leona Boyd.
This week, the Pacific Symphony hosts two hugely talented  French Canadians of different generations, rising-star conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni and celebrated pianist Louis Lortie, in a program with a decidedly French twist. Two ravishing orchestral masterpieces, Ravel’s  “La Valse” and Debussy’s “Ibéria,” share the program with Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Mozart’s Symphony No. 31.
The inspiration for the program came partly from the last time Zeitouni conducted the

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