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(1) The first violinist of an orchestra; performs the violin solos and sometimes replaces the conductor at rehearsals. In 18th-century instrumental chamber groups, the concertmaster served as conductor.

(2) The leader of one of the string groups in an orchestra (violas, cellos, basses).

(3) A pianist who accompanies vocalists during their concert performances and helps them prepare their parts.

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Talmi draws a glowing sound from the OSQ, which is given a chance to shine on its own in the Prelude to Werther (with an impassioned solo from concert-master Catherine Dallaire), the delicate Entr'acte from Herodiade and "Le Dernier sommeil de la vierge" from La vierge.
The COC Orchestra is heard on its own in the Act III Prelude of I Lombardi (notable for a lovely solo by concert-master Marie Berard) and in the Act I Prelude of I Masnadieri (where Bryan Epperson's cello solo is only passable).