From the waltz to the French cancan to the ballet, this program by the Orchestre symphonique de Quebec under the baton of conductor Fabien Gabel illustrates the perfect symbiosis between dance and French music. On the menu: Maurice Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales; Jacques Offenbach's suite Gaite Parisienne, arranged by Manuel Rosenthal; and the suite Les Biches by Francis Poulenc. Recognized internationally as one of the stars of the new generation, Fabien Gabel is a regular guest of major orchestras in Europe, North America and Asia, and has been music director of the Orchestre symphonique de Quebec since September 2012. He is also music director of the Orchestre Francais des Jeunes for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons, taking over from David Zinman. Recently, Mr. Gabel has had successful guest-conducting engagements with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, and more. Proud of it's French heritage, the Orchestre symphonique de Quebec is a staunch advocate of Canadian repertoire. Without abandoning it's love for the great European and American orchestral repertoire, it has commissioned many new Canadian works. Thanks to this mix of interests and it's versatility, the orchestra's sound has often been identified as that of French America.