Orchestre de l’Agora

The Orchestre de l’Agora, under the direction of Nicolas Ellis, is a multifaceted musical collective that is reinventing the role that classical musicians play in their community by focusing on their talent and commitment. Our musicians, who are young professionals from the Montréal area, are among the finest of their generation. Through their music, they actively take part in our bold concerts and outreach efforts. Since it was founded in 2013, the Orchestre has had a twofold purpose: to showcase art and classical music, and to contribute to society. Much like its founder, Nicolas Ellis, the Orchestre is focused on the core values of initiative, collaboration, commitment, impact, and boldness. These values have been reflected in the Orchestre’s many undertakings over the years, such as Concert solidaire presented in July 2020: the first symphonic concert before an audience in North America, following the end of concerts in March 2020 (pandemic). The Orchestre has begun a partnership with the Montréal Detention Centre in 2021-2022, to present concert-workshops for incarcerated people. Through the efforts of musicians convinced of the power of music as a tool for social change, the Orchestre has since been able to contribute more than $175 000 to environmental and community organizations, by giving concerts to raise funds for them. Since 2013, the Orchestre’s musicians have given music lessons and free performances for hundreds of underprivileged children, through a partnership with the music program of Share the Warmth and Les Porteurs de musique.

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