Montreal Baroque Festival (Festival de Musique Montréal Baroque)

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Country and Region CanadaQuebec
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Festival Contact Information

Festival Montréal Baroque
3589 Sainte-Famille Street
Montréal, Québec  H2X 2L2
Phone: +01 514-845-7171 or 1-866-845-7171

Festival Description

As well as the main concerts, the Festival will feature many intimate concerts as flavourful as ever, in unusual venues in Old Montreal, as well as free concerts in the Place Jacques-Cartier, the Grand Parade on Saturday and the fabulous late-night Café concerts each evening.

The creative brain-child of Montreal’s viola da gamba virtuoso Susie Napper, Montreal Baroque has been a major contributor to the city’s early music scene. Its annual festival brings together the best musicians from here and abroad, in an event renowed for both its high quality, inventiveness and festive spirit. The Festival was Music Laureate of the Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal (2007) and has received many an opus prize for its productions and CDs. It counts over 30 co-productions with the CBC/SRC and ATMA Classic label.

Festival Dates June 21 - 24, 2013
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Festival Events:

The Great Voyages 2013:
  • Friday, June 21 at 7:00pm — The Festival Opening
    • The festival opens with a quite a musical adventure: MOTEZUMA, Vivaldi opera narrating the story of the defeat of the last emperor of Mexico in the hands of the Spaniards. For the occasion of this great Montreal premiere, ensemble Caprice will join the Atelier lyrique de Montréal in a scene involving digital technologies. (Friday, June 21 at 7 pm)
  • Saturday at 7:00pm
    • The ensemble Constantinople and Spanish counterparts offer, with new worlds, musical journeys inspired Columbus crossings, new world ideological sought by the easterlings in Europe and the new world of Latin America.
  • Sunday at 7:00pm
    • With the cities of gold, music of the Spanish colonies, the harmony of seasons, under the direction of Eric Milnes, will enchant us with music disregarded but filled with creativity, exotic and always passionate expression: works by the great masters that made up for the courses of the Mexico, the Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, and the Ecuador.
  • Monday at 7:00pm — Festival Closing
    • The grand finale of the Festival will be CREATION, a concert of the work Les Élémens, the sublime ballet of Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747), depicting the creation of the world. For the occasion, the Baroque dancers of the choreographic gardens intertwined with acrobats in the pure tradition of the Comedia del Arte, all to the music performed by les Boréades.
Intimate concerts 2013:
  • The Festival will also offer more intimate concerts, including a recital by the Brazilian flutist Clea Galhano - which will be ‘artist in residence’ for this edition of Montreal Baroque. The Festival will host the taken Mexican ensemble La Fontegara, which will entice with SI YA A AQUELLA NAVE, with music by Manuel de Zumaya (1678-1755), the most famous Mexican composer of the colonial period. Finally of les Voix humaines consort celebrate the 450th anniversary of birth of Dowland with LACHRIMAE - seven tears represented by seven passionate pavans - a famous piece of instrumental music of the era and appearing today in science fiction films!
    • In this 21st century, Montreal Baroque ventured into the music and digital convergence. Saturday at 9 p.m., the evening LES BAROQUEUX if his starts with the young artists of Flute! and the Quartet Onslow which we will travel, music, the 17th to the 21st century. The evening will continue with the young and eccentric Aleks Schürmer who déconstruira Baroque cantatas of Clérambault and Courbois, in order to make sampling that will serve as a backdrop to this show featuring three Baroque musicians and three pop singers.
    • The Festival always granted a place of choice for young artists. This year, the cuvée will impress with the young harpsichordist Mark Edwards, first price 2012 at the prestigious competition Bruges harpsichord together Montreal Pallade Musica which won first prize in the Early Music America Baroque Performance competition in New York in October 2012.
    • The Festival combines this year a new partner: the days of the recorder. Thus, the programming will include workshops recorder, courses in master, conferences and activities of musical improvisation. All are invited to participate where to come listen to the MARATHON VAN EYCK, complete works of this blind flautist, performed by amateurs and professionals. (Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11: 00 to 3: 00 pm on the square in front of the St. James theater). It is same for the parade which will leave St. James Saturday at 3: 30 p.m. for a ride through the streets of old Montréal to the sound of a composition for flutes of 50 notes to mark 50 years of the society of recorder of Montreal.
    • The Festival will take place in the grounds of the former CIBC on rue Saint-Jacques - a place with exceptional acoustics. festival-goers will have the great pleasure to contemplate the beauty and resonance of various rooms of this gem architecture - including the Office of the president and the salle des voûtes - while listening to original music performed by great artists.


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