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Monday, 14 December 2015

This Week in Montréal: December 14 to 20


 
soprano Kathryn Lewek

Three Versions of Bach's Christmas Oratorio
Music lovers this season are fortunate to have their pick of three versions of J. S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio, one of his most luminous compositions.
The Christmas Oratorio is part of the Bach Festival every year. In collaboration with the festival, the OSM, conducted by John Nelson, presents cantatas I, II, V, and VI. With soprano Kathryn Lewek, countertenor Robin Blaze, tenor Julian Prégardien, baritone Gordon Bintner, and the OSM Choir. Maison symphonique, December 16 and 17, 8 pm. www.osm.ca
As part of the Arte Musica Foundation's integral Bach cantata project, I Musici performs cantatas I, II, and III under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni. With soprano Kimy McLaren, alto Mireille Lebel, baritone Steven Labrie, and the Chœur du Studio de Musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM). Bourgie Hall, December 19, 3 pm and December 20, 2 pm. www.imusici.com
Romanticism and Exoticism with the OM
Yannick Nézet-Séguin and pianist Jan Lisiecki come together on December 20 for a concert tinged with the Nordic and Slavic romanticism of Grieg and Rachmaninov. Maison symphonique, Decmeber 20, 3 pm. On tour in four neighbourhoods from December 16 to 19. www.orchestremetropolitain.com
Organ at Christ Church Cathedral
On the 19th, Patrick Wedd, principal organist, will play La Nativité du Seigneur by Olivier Messiaen. www.oasismusicale.blogspot.ca
Oragn at St. Joseph’s Oratory
All Montrealers have seen the oratory dome from afar. But how many have actually been inside? They’d find a splendid Beckerath organ inaugurated in 1960 that has five keyboards, 78 stops and 5,811 pipes. On Sunday afternoons you can hear a free concert at 3:30 pm, with an accompanying screening. For the holidays, the series Noël à l’orgue will present Noël improvisé with William Porter (United States) on December 20, December 27, Noël romantique with Julie Pinsonneault, and on January 3, Noël français with Jean-Michel Grondin. Also, on December 20 at 2 pm, the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal will present a Christmas concert in the crypt. www.saint-joseph.org
English Theatre in Montréal
Penned by English playwright Nina Raine in 2010,
Tribes essentially portrays families as tribes, whose members instill values, beliefs and language in their progeny. Tribes’ intellectually-inclined, Jewish/British protagonist family, is highly verbose, rather eccentric, somewhat dysfunctional and mostly entertaining. Youngest child Billy is born deaf, feels like an outsider and struggles to be “heard.” Eventually, he develops a relationship which enables him to fulfill his need for self-expression. This play ultimately celebrates the human spirit via love and language. A Segal Centre production staged through special arrangement with New York’s Dramatists Play Service Inc. Directed by Sarna Lapine. Nov. 29 to Dec. 20. www.segalcentre.org
Luminothérapie – December 10 to January 31
In Montréal, visual arts are a large part of the city’s personality and way of life. The city is flush with art expositions all year long, most of which are free. To make up for the short winter days and brighten up the long winter nights, check out Luminothérapie, an interactive, colourful, and hypnotic festival of light, and best of all – it’s free! A great activity to share with friends and family. www.quartierdesspectacles.com
Visual Arts in Montréal
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t the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, discover a long unknown part of Canadian and Montréalaise history with the exhibition “Une modernité des années 1920“ about the artists of the Beaver Hall Group, on display until January 31 2016. www.mbam.qc.ca
Until January 10 2016 the Musée d’art contemporain (MAC) is hosting an exhibition on the career of American artists Dana Schutz, whose work in the last ten years has had a profound impact on contemporary painting. Drawing on the avant-garde movements of the early 20th century, synthetic cubism, and German expressionism, Schutz’s very colourful art is a fusion of figuration and abstraction.
www.macm.org
Also at the MAC is Grosse Fatigue, a 13-minute long video installation by Camille Henrot, winner of the Silver Lion for promising young artists at the Venice Biennale 2013. This French artist presents a history of the universe combining elements from the history of science to stories about the creation of the world from various traditions and cultures.
Until January 10 Patrick Bernatchez will present an exhibition about works taken from two main collections of his repertoire, Chrysalides and Lost in Time. The public will discover the essence of his work, which deals with issues of life and death, decomposition, entropy, and the four seasons as well as the multiple dimensions of time. www.macm.org
Until April 10 2016 see the exhibition “Montreal through the eyes of Vittorio: 50 Years of City Life and Graphic Design” at the McCord Museum. This exhibition deals with Italian-born artist Vittorio Fiorucci, whose career spanned 50 years. Arriving in Montreal in 1951, there he discovered his vocation through comic books, photography, decoupage and collages. Through the career of this humoristic creator the exhibition traces the cultural history of Quebec from the 1950s to the 2000s through 125 posters, photographs, illustrations and comic strips. www.mccord-museum.qc.ca
Need an idea for something to do with children between 3 and 9? Take them to see Mister Rabbit’s Circus at the McCord Museum.  In this exhibition, inspired by the best-selling Mister Rabbit books (published by Les 400 coups), children will be able to follow an investigation to find the missing circus equipment on opening night and in doing so discover the 200 toys and objects in the museum’s collections. www.mccord-museum.qc.ca

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