Symphonic Chocolates

Orchestral Sweets in Four Flavours

“An off-the-wall idea that makes classical music more festive. […] Symphonic Chocolates is pure happiness.”
Patrick Masbourian, Radio-Canada

“An original idea supported by a clever music, immediately pleasant and very cinematographic.”
Christophe Huss, Le Devoir

“A new experience on a whole other level! 
CBC, Daybreak Montreal

A chocolate tasting at the symphony: Maxime Goulet’s Symphonic Chocolates is a delicious sensory experience.”
CBC, InTune

“The audience enthusiastically participated in both eating and listening and thoroughly enjoyed both, especially the dark chocolate habanera.”
Ontario Arts Review

“Symphonic Chocolates should be among the regular repertoire of all orchestras. It has proved a huge success with musicians and audience.” 
Boris Brott

“A very cool idea and a fun experience!
Global News

Symphonic Chocolates is a soundtrack for chocolate tasting. It’s an orchestral suite in four short movements in which each movement evokes a different flavour of chocolate. During the concert, the audience is invited to eat four small chocolates while each movement of corresponding flavour is being played.
I – Caramel Chocolate: A long lyrical melody supported by a rich and enveloping sonority.
II – Dark Chocolate: An intense habanera of desire and seduction, spiced up with a dissonant bitterness.
III – Mint Chocolate: A delicate freshness with icy cold sonorities.
IV – Coffee-infused Chocolate: An espresso tempo with a Brazilian flavour.

Instrumentation:
– Version for classical orchestra: 2222 / 2200 / 1 perc (optional) / strings
– Version for chamber orchestra: 1111 / 1000 / 1 perc (optional) / strings
– Version for wind orchestra (arr. Paul Suchan)
– Version for wind quintet *
– Version for string orchestra and piano * (arr. Maxime Goulet & Eric Jones Cadieux)
– Version for string orchestra
– Version for string quintet and piano * (arr. Maxime Goulet & Eric Jones Cadieux)
– Version for string quintet
– Version for string quartet
– Version for two violins and piano ** (arr. Maxime Goulet & Eric Jones Cadieux)
– Version for solo violin and piano * (arr. Maxime Goulet & Eric Jones Cadieux)
– Version for solo flute and piano * (arr. Maxime Goulet & Eric Jones Cadieux)
– Version for solo clarinet and piano * (arr. Maxime Goulet & Eric Jones Cadieux)

* This version includes only the 4th movement, Coffee-infused Chocolate
** This version includes only the 2nd movement, Dark Chocolate

Duration: 12 minutes

Suggested program: Symphonic Chocolates is often performed for Valentines Day and for Mother’s Day

Commissioned by the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, and their artistic director Boris Brott, as part of a composer residency, for the 25th anniversary of the Brott Music Festival. The piece is dedicated to Ardyth and Boris Brott to thank them for all the artistic support they have given to the composer.

Premiere: August 2nd, 2012, by the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and the conductor Boris Brott, during the Brott Music Festival, in Hamilton.

Discography: Symphonic Chocolates was recorded by the Prague FILMharmonic Orchestra and maestro Adam Klemens and is featured on the album Chocolats symphoniques, published in 2014.

Official web site of Symphonic Chocolates: www.symphonicchocolates.com

Version for String Quartet
Media Coverage of Symphonic Chocolates

Interview with Maxime Goulet about Symphonic Chocolates

Coverage about Symphonic Chocolates concerts in France

Performances of Symphonic Chocolates

2018, May 20 | Parkway Concert OrchestraGeneviève Leclair | Saint Susanna Parish, Dedham, MA, United States
2018, Mar. 24 | Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke, Stephane Laforest | Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
2018, Mar. 4 | Parkway Concert Orchestra, Geneviève Leclair | Holy Name Upper Church Parish, West Roxbury, MA, United States
2018, Feb. 13 | Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra | Setnor Auditorium, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, United States

2017, Nov. 19 | River Oaks Chamber Orchestra | Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, Houston, TX, United States
2017, Oct. 29 | Conway Symphony Orchestra, Israel Getzov | Reynolds Performance Hall, Conway, Arkansas, United States
2017, Oct. 25 | Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rivard | Italian Cultural Centre, ON, Canada
2017, Aug. 26 | OCTavo | Meteor Theatre, Hamilton, New Zealand
2017, Aug. 4 | National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Boris Brott | Koerner Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada
2017, July 23 | Orchestre Gens du Pays, Amélie Bois | Eurochesterie, Auditorio do Campus Muscambinho, Sobral, Brazil
2017, July 22  | Orchestre Gens du Pays, Amélie Bois | Eurochesterie, Theatro São João, Sobral, Brazil
2017, July 20 | Orchestre Gens du Pays, Amélie Bois | Eurochesterie, Igreja de Taperuaba, Sobral, Brazil
2017, July 18 | Orchestre Gens du Pays, Amélie Bois | Eurochesterie, Igreja do Jordao, Sobral, Brazil
2017, July 17 | Orchestre Gens du Pays, Amélie Bois | Eurochesterie, North Shopping, Sobral, Brazil
2017, May 6 | Orchestre Gens du Pays | Salle André Gagnon, Université Laval, Sainte-Foy, QC, Canada
2017, Apr. 9 | Orchestre Régional de Normandie, Jean-Pierre Haeck | La Sall’In, Cabourg – 14, Normandie, France
2017, Apr. 8 | Orchestre Régional de Normandie, Jean-Pierre Haeck | Salle des fêtes, Villedieu les Poëles – 50, Normandie, France
2017, Apr. 7 | Orchestre Régional de Normandie, Jean-Pierre Haeck | La Renaissance, Mondeville – 14, Normandie, France
2017, Apr. 4 | Orchestre Régional de Normandie, Jean-Pierre Haeck | Théâtre de l’Arsenal, Val de Reuil – 27, Normandie, France
2017, Apr. 2 | Orchestre Régional de Normandie, Jean-Pierre Haeck | Le Rex, Saint-Hilaire du Harcouët – 50, Normandie, France
2017, Apr. 1 | Orchestre Régional de Normandie, Jean-Pierre Haeck | Abbaye, Saint-Sauveur Le Vicomte – 50, Normandie, France
2017, March 30 | Orchestre Régional de Normandie | Collège Fontenelle, Rouen-76, Normandie, France
2017, March 29 | Erreur de type 27 | Pavillon Pierre Lassonde du MNBAQ, Québec, QC, Canada
2017, March 19 | Sinfonia de Lanaudière, Stéphane Laforest | Théâtre Hector-Charland, L’Assomption, QC, Canada
2017, March 16 | Stellae Boreales | Solon Dorado, Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2017, March 15 | Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Kalle Kuusava | Grand Théâtre de Québec, Quebec, QC, Canada
2017, March 15 | Stellae Boreales | Museo De Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fenandez Blanco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2017, March 15 | Stellae Boreales | Lincoln International School, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2017, March 13 | Stellae Boreales | Tigre School, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2017, March 13 | Stellae Boreales | Northlands School, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2017, March 11 | Stellae Boreales | Villa Casa Central, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2017, March 5 | Sinfonia de Lanaudière, Stéphane Laforest | Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne,Terrebonne, QC, Canada
2017, March 4 | Stellae Boreales | National Arts Centre of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
2017, Feb. 25 | International Symphony Orchestra, Douglas Bianchi | Northern High School Performing Arts Center, Port Huron, ON, Canada
2017, Feb. 24 | International Symphony Orchestra, Douglas Bianchi | Imperial Theatre, Sarnia, ON, Canada

2016, June 4 | Myriam Genest-Denis Trio | Église Trinity United de Cookshire-Eaton, QC, Canada
2016, May 15 | Oakville Symphony Orchestra, Roberto De Clara | Oakville, ON, Canada
2016, May 14 | Oakville Symphony Orchestra, Roberto De Clara | Oakville, ON, Canada
2016, Apr. 10 | Orchestre d’Harmonie de la Ville de Luzy, Yann Bail | Cinéma Le Select, Saint-Honoré-Les-Bains, France
2016, Apr. 9 | Orchestre d’Harmonie de la Ville de Luzy, Yann Bail | Salle Marcel Joyeux, Luzy, France
2016, Feb. 28 | Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, William Eddins | Edmonton, Enmax Hall, Winspear Centre
2016, Feb. 21 | Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Symphonic Orchestra, Geneviève Leclair | Théâtre Banque Nationale, Saguenay, QC, Canada
2016, Feb. 13 | Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra, Michael Moore | Youth Center for Performing Arts, North Carolina, United States
2016, Feb. 14 | McGill Chamber Orchestra, Boris Brott | Picasso Hall of Sofitel, Montreal, QC, Canada
2016, Feb. 11 | Empire State Youth Orchestras, David C. Beck | Capital District, New York, United States

2015, Sept. 13 | Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Gunzenhauser | Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
2015, Sept. 12 | Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Gunzenhauser | Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
2015, Aug. 1 | Endless Mountain Music Festival, Stephen Gunzenhauser | Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, USA
2015, July 31 | Endless Mountain Music Festival, Stephen Gunzenhauser | Mansfield University, Steadman Theatre, Mansfield, Pennsylvania, USA
2015, May 25 | Quatuor Alcan | Quebec City
2015, Apr. 12 | Quatuor Alcan | Sorel-Tracy
2015, Apr. 11 | Quatuor Alcan | Baie-du-Febvre
2015, Apr. 9 | Quatuor Alcan | Montreal
2015, Apr. 12 | Quatuor Alcan | Chicoutimi
2015, March 30 | Quatuor Alcan | Montrel, Maison de la culture Frontenac
2015, March 28 | Quatuor Alcan | Bécancour
2015, March 27 | Quatuor Alcan | Victoriaville
2015, Feb. 14 | McGill Chamber Orchestra, Boris Brott | Picasso Hall, Montreal

2014, Nov. 21 | Orchestre philharmonique des musiciens de Montreal, Philippe Ménard | Saint-Pierre-Claver’s Church, Montreal
2014, May 6 | McGill Chamber Orchestra, Boris Brott | Bourgie Hall, Montreal
2014, Feb. 14 | McGill Chamber Orchestra, Boris Brott | Chagall-Monand Hall, Sofitel, Montreal
2014, Feb. 1 | Prague FILMharmonic Orchestra, Adam Klemens | Chocolaterie Geneviève Grandbois

2013, Nov. 22 | Valor Symphonics | Parker Arts Center, Parker, Colorado, United States
2013, June 30 | Prague FILMharmonic Orchestra, Adam Klemens | Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague
2013, March 5 | Edmonton Symphony Orchestra | Winspear Centre, Edmonton, Eddy Williams

2012, Aug. 2 | National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Boris Brott | Brott Music festival, Burlington (premiere)



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