Swan song for Yuli Turovsky

I Musici director takes final bow with orchestra he created 27 years ago

BY ARTHUR KAPTAINIS, FREELANCE MAY 14, 2011 3:33 AM
?photos: Dave Sidaway THE GAZETTE Yuli Turovsky, retiring conductor and founding music director of I Musici de Montréal, is seen during rehearsal at Ogilvy's Tudor Hall on Wednesday.

Photo:Dave Sidaway THE GAZETTE Yuli Turovsky, retiring conductor and founding music director of I Musici de Montréal, is seen during rehearsal at Ogilvy’s Tudor Hall on Wednesday.

Photograph by: DAVE SIDAWAY THE GAZETTE, Freelance

You communicate to the orchestra either by gesture, or by talking, or both,” Yuli Turovsky explained, seated at the dining table of his N.D.G. home. “When the gesture is diminished, the talking increases.”

“But there is also a gesture which is almost more for the public than the orchestra, not only to indicate to the orchestra what to do, but give the listeners an idea of your intention. A physical move that is transformed into something emotional.

“In this area, of course, I am very much handicapped.”

And it is because of this handicap, the result of Parkinson’s disease, that the man who 27 years ago created a chamber orchestra called I Musici de Montréal will make his last appearance as its music director in Pollack Hall on Wednesday.

The concert, significantly, is not titled Yuli’s Farewell, but Next Generation, after a new youth chamber orchestra comprising students from the Université de Montréal, which the Russian-born cellist and conductor has created.

“I Musici de Montréal is my baby,” Turovsky explained. “You want your baby to do well. This is my new baby.”

Everyone who knows this determined man of music, who turns 72 next month, is aware also that he neither expected nor desired to retire. His concerts this season, he feels, have gone well.

After all, the lines of communication between Turovsky and a 15-piece ensemble that still includes many founding members are almost telepathic.

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