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Monday, 24 November 2014

This Week in Montreal: November 24 to 30

Soprano Marie-Ève Munger

The Montreal Bach Festival: Nov 23 to Dec 7
The 8th edition of the Montreal Bach Festival presents 21 concerts in nine venues. Among the abundance of events planned, here are some noteworthy ones in November:
• The Pentaèdre wind quartet and pianist Mathieu Gaudet premiere composer Éric Champagne’s Hommage à Bach (24)
• The Concerto Melante, composed of members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, perform Bach’s The Musical Offering (27)
• Arion Baroque Orchestra recreates the ambience of Prince Frederick of Prussia’s music room for a performance as a quartet (28)
• I Musici di Roma, a renowned baroque orchestra founded in 1951, has a surprise in store … (30)
- Renée Banville

Choral Discoveries with Voces Boreales
Under the artistic direction of Michael Zaugg, choral ensemble Voces Boreales will introduce audiences to a capella works by North American, Scandinavian, and Balkan composers. Featured in this concert directed by guest conductor Andrew Gray are works by Thomas Jennefelt, Aaron Copland, Carl Rütti, Antonín Tučapský, Bob Chilcott, James McMillan, Z. Randall Stroope and Francis Poulenc. With mezzo-soprano Meagan Zantingh and in collaboration with the Montreal Choral Institute. Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, Nov 25 at 7:30 pm.
- Justin Bernard

Chapelle historique: Quasar Quartet
The Quasar Quartet has prepared a number of surprises for its 20th anniversary program. Nov 27, 8 pm.
- Renée Banville

A Concert in Honour of Franz-Paul Decker
The McGill Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alexis Hauser, presents a concert in tribute to Franz-Paul Decker. The program includes works by Richard Strauss, whose 150th birthday is being celebrated. With soprano Jane Archibald at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Nov 29, 7:30 pm.
- Renée Banville

The Complete Bach Cantatas Continue at Bourgie Hall
The Arte Musica Foundation continues its presentation of Bach cantatas this Nov. Soprano Aline Kutan, mezzo Julie Boulianne, and tenor Jacques-Olivier Chartier, accompanied by a choir and instrumental ensemble conducted by Luc Beauséjour, perform three cantatas by the Cantor of Leipzig:
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62, Was frag’ ich nach der Welt, BWV 94, and Ich freue mich in dir, BWV 133. Bourgie Hall, Nov 30, at 2 pm.
- Justin Bernard

Marie-Ève Munger at the Société d’art vocal
The Sociétét d’art vocal hosts soprano Marie-Ève Munger, accompanied on the piano by Louise-Andrée Baril, for her second recital of the season. On the program are arias and melodies for coloratura by Beydts, Debussy, and Milhaud. Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Nov 30 at 3 pm.
 - Justin Bernard

Ladies’ Morning Musical Club: November Debuts
Jon Kimura Parker, Martin Beaver, and Clive Greensmith, all successful soloists and chamber musicians, come together to offer the public a new and captivating trio called the Montrose Trio. Jon Kimura Parker is a veteran of the international scene. Martin Beaver and Clive Greensmith were both members of the prestigious Tokyo String Quartet. Debut with LMMC. Pollack Hall, Nov 30, 3:30 pm.
- Renée Banville
Iwan Edwards’ Farewells
On Sunday, November 30, Concerto Della Donna performs its final concert entitled “Once and for All”, a celebration and tribute to their beloved conductor that will feature alumni and guest musicians. Edwards is particularly excited about young composer Christine Donkin’s Magnificat. “The soundscape she creates in that piece is just unbelievable,” he notes, mentioning CDD member and composer Marie-Claire Saindon as well. “Her music is basically tonal but has a sound that’s completely different.”
Although this is CDD’s final concert, coinciding with Edwards’ retirement, he says “The CDD will cease to exist but the group will rise like a phoenix under a new name, and they will make a new kind of ensemble. There is a very strong affinity between them and they realize that CDD has an image of which they are very proud.”
- Kristine Berey

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