April 5, 2013 ─ Immerse yourself in the intimate ambience created by the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, directed with passionate commitment by founder Denis Brott for the past 18 years.
The Montreal Chamber Music Festival is continuing its tradition of performing intimate concerts of Baroque music – usually with fewer than seven musicians – at St. George’s Anglican Church. With a focus on innvoation and accessibility, the artistic director Denis Brott has organized a series of both classical and jazz concerts (some free) and a number of pre-concert talks.
This year, the Swingle Singers are celebrating their 50th anniversary during the week devoted to Bach. The Festival also welcomes the 27 year-old Russian-American jazz pianist, Eldar Djangirov; the Fine Arts Quartet for one of three concerts honouring Camille Saint-Saëns; and the Emerson String Quartet, performing for the first time with new cellist Paul Watkins.
New program items include an exchange with the Boston Chamber Music Society directed by Marcus Thompson, and concerts performed by the 2012 winners of the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition. The Festival will conclude June 1 with a four-hour Tchaikovsky “marathon”.
For the second consecutive year, the Festival won the Grand Prix du Tourisme Québec for the Montréal region, in the “Festivals and tourism events - operating budget of between $300,000 and $1 million” category.