Chocolats Symphoniques | Concerts
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Concerts

What’s a Tasting Concert?

When an orchestra performs Symphonic Chocolates in concert, the audience is invited to eat four small chocolates while each movement of the corresponding flavour is being played. To this end, the orchestra is free to enter into a partnership with a local chocolate shop of their choosing. Some orchestras also take the opportunity to hold a fundraiser event with the chocolate sales.

The piece is usually programmed as the first piece on the second half of the concert. At the end of the first half of the concert, the conductor invites the audience to buy the box of chocolates during the intermission (and specifies to not eat it right away!). In the entrance of the concert hall, the chocolate shop sets up a stand and sells the boxes of chocolate to the audience. Each box contains the four chocolate flavours corresponding to each movement (caramel, dark chocolate, mint, and coffee).

The audience then brings their box of chocolates into the concert hall for the second half of the concert and eats each chocolate during each movement. The conductor can introduce each movement to guide the audience to eat the right chocolate at the right time.

Symphonic Chocolates is often performed by orchestras for Valentines Day and for Mother’s Day.  Some orchestras prefer to perform the piece without a chocolate tasting, as a regular concert piece. With or without chocolates, Symphonic Chocolates is a delight for any audience!

Concert calendar of Symphonic Chocolates

2019, Feb. 23 | Kitchener-Waterloo SymphonyLucas Waldin | Centre In The Square, Kitchener, ON, Canada
2019, Feb. 22 | Kitchener-Waterloo SymphonyLucas Waldin | Centre In The Square, Kitchener, ON, Canada

2018, Nov. 1 | Orchestre de la FAMEQ, Amélie Bois | Salle Henri Gagnon, pavillon Casault, Université Laval, Quebec, QC, Canada
2018, June 14 | Chameleon Chamber Ensemble, International Multisensory Research Forum | University of Toronto, ON, Canada
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 Saguenay (Alcan) | Quebec City
2015, Apr. 12 | Quatuor Saguenay (Alcan) | Sorel-Tracy
2015, Apr. 11 | Quatuor Saguenay (Alcan) | Baie-du-Febvre
2015, Apr. 9 | Quatuor Saguenay (Alcan) | Montreal
2015, Apr. 12 | Quatuor Saguenay (Alcan) | Chicoutimi
2015, March 30 | Quatuor Saguenay (Alcan) | Montrel, Maison de la culture Frontenac
2015, March 28 | Quatuor Saguenay (Alcan) | Bécancour
2015, March 27 | Quatuor Saguenay (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)