This Week in Montreal: November 18 to 24
During the 18th Century, all of London would visit the city’s gardens to listen to music in elegant kiosks. The Compagnie Baroque, directed from the harpsichord by Susan Toman, recreates this atmosphere by proposing renowned works for theatre by Purcell, Handel and other London composers. Soprano Ellen Wieser and flutist Vincent Lauzer will join the ensemble. Church Jean XXIII, November 21, 10:30 and Maison de la culture Frontenac, November 25, 20 h. www.accesculture.com
For its second concert as ensemble in residence at the Chapelle, Transmission presents an American road trip: works by Reich, Ives, Adams, Lang, Carter and Feldman. November 22, 8pm.
Founded in 1992 by Rafik Matta, the Telemann Ensemble is an instrumental and choral group specialised in baroque and classical music playing on instruments of the time. The Ensemble will present J.S. Bach’s masterpiece with soloists Pascale Beaudin, soprano, Claudine Ledoux, mezzo-soprano, Philippe Gagné, tenor and Pierre-Étienne Bergeron, baritone/bass. Christ Church Cathedral, November 23, 8 pm. www.ensembletelemann.ca
The Chœur Classique de Montréal celebrates 25 years of polyphonic chant. With the Chœur polyphonique, under the direction of Louis Lavigueur, artistic director of both ensembles, he interprets excerpts of two great works of the lyrical repertoire: Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Messiah. Church of St-Andrew & St-Paul, November 24, 2:30. www.choeurclassiquedemontreal.qc.ca
For its opening concert, the Festival will present Concerto Köln, one of the principal chamber orchestras from Germany, in a varied program: Bach’s Fourth and Fifth Brandenburg Concertos, Vivaldi’s Cello Concerto. Also part of the program: works from other Italian composers of the 18th Century. Salle Bourgie, November 23. www.festivalbachmontreal.com