Thursday October 29, 2020 | FORUMS ON GENDER IDENTITY – Official Press release

THE ORCHESTRE CLASSIQUE DE MONTRÉAL PRESENTS

FORUMS ON GENDER IDENTITY DURING TRANS AWARENESS WEEK

Montreal, Thursday, October 29, 2020 – In line with its production of the opera As One (November 20 & 21, 2020) and in honour of Trans Awareness Week, the OCM is proud to present two forums on gender identity. Saturday November 14th at 3pm, a forum in English, and on Sunday, November 15th at 3pm, a forum in French. The broadcasts with two different panels for each discussion will be free and online on OCM’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/orchestre.ca. The videos will also be archived on the OCM website orchestre.ca for future viewing.

Beyond just the wonderful music in the opera As One, the subject matter has its allure: the discovery of one’s gender identity. It is an important and complex issue. The diversity of genders is only starting to be known, understood and accepted by mainstream culture and the media.

The spokesperson for this project, Tranna Wintour, a trans woman and media personality herself, will host of these discussions. She says “I am thrilled to be the spokesperson for this production. Hats off to the OCM for finding and presenting an opera based on a trans person’s life. I look forward to discussing and dispelling what gender identity is all about in the online forums“.

For the English forum, the distinguished panel will feature: Kimberly Reed, a trans woman and co-librettist of the opera As One; Élise Cornellier Bernier, a trans woman and volunteer from GRIS Montréal; Eda Holmes, a cisgender woman and Artistic & General Director of Centaur Theatre; and Lucia Lucas, an American trans woman and opera singer who will perform two opera arias during the forum.

For the French forum, the distinguished panel will include: Fannie Lajoie, a trans woman and volunteer at GRIS Montréal; Marie Isabelle Gendron, a trans woman and administrator at the Fondation Émergence; Geneviève Leclair, a cisgender woman and conductor; Julie Lemieux, a trans woman and Board member of the Aide aux Trans du Québec; and Liz Bouk, an American trans man and opera singer (mezzo-soprano) who will perform two arias.

The OCM is sincerely grateful for the support and collaboration of GRIS Montréal, the Fondation Émergence, and l’Aide aux Trans du Québec for helping us gather such fine participants for this forum. The TD Bank Group who continues to support and celebrate diversity, is the proud digital sponsor of the online broadcasts of this production.

DATES TO REMEMBER

Forums broadcast of Faceboook: https://www.facebook.com/orchestre.ca

English : Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 3pm

French : Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 3pm

AS ONE opera production

Live in theatre: November 20 & 21, 2020 at 7:30pm at the Cirque Éloize

Online broadcasts: from Novembre 20, 2020 to December 4th 2020

Tickets: ORCHESTRE.CA

About the Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM)

The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM), previously known as the McGill Chamber Orchestra, was founded in 1939 by violinist, conductor, and composer Alexander Brott and his wife Lotte Brott. The OCM quickly became one of Canada’s most established chamber orchestras, touring to five continents, recording extensively, and appearing regularly on radio and television. Now led by Boris Brott, OC, OQ, the elder son of Alexander and one of Canada’s most internationally renowned conductors, the OCM is a vibrant, innovative, and flexible ensemble consisting of the city’s best professional musicians, which presents concerts throughout the year in the finest halls of Montreal. Fulfilling its mission of celebrating diversity and inclusivity, the OCM has created the program Music for Everyone which enables collaborations with numerous new immigrant communities and Montreal organizations in making OCM’s performances accessible to all. The OCM proudly acknowledges BMO Bank of Montreal as the 2020-21 Season Presenter.

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