During the 15th Orgue et Couleurs Fall Festival and the Canadian International Organ Festival, some of Montreal’s most picturesque churches and concert halls reverberate with traditional organ music played by internationally-acclaimed musicians…
Orgue et Couleurs strives to enchant new audiences while impressing those already familiar with the uplifting and creative capacity of organ music. Considered one of the most cherished — and expensive — aspects of a church, the pipe organ has the ability to fill any space with its powerful sound, the product of anywhere from 12 pipes to thousands, yet though the pipe organ claims the lead role at Orgue et Couleurs, violinists, harpists and operatically-trained vocalists add diversity to the program. The festival opens with a seasonal bang: Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 Death and the Maiden and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, played by the distinctive Orchestre du Chambre Nouvelle Génération, conducted by Airat Ichmouratov, at Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-Lasalle Church. Earlier in the day, two harpists from Ireland and Paraguay share their own traditions, blending their styles in an afternoon concert at the Chateau Dufresne.
More collaborative endeavours continues throughout the festival: on September 28, organist Nicolas Fairbank is joined by soprano Kerry-Anne Kutz in a concert of their own works at St. James United Church, while later in the week, on October 1, organist Julie Pinsonneault plays a lunch-time concert at the same church, located in the heart of the city, minutes away from the shopping district and the Quartier des Spectacles. Later in the week, catch a recital by Belgian organist and composer Bernard Foccroulle, director of the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie (home to the National Opera of Belgium), at the famed Christ Church Cathedral on October 3. The next evening, the Halifax-based Sanctuary Trio share original, contemplative compositions and more at St. James United Church. The festival closes on October 5 with Quebec’s world-class Ensemble Vocalys performing Bach’s Cantata 147, conducted by Raymond Perrin at Église St. Jean-Baptiste-de-Lasalle.
A month after Orgue et Couleurs, the Canadian International Organ Festival takes on the organ-music cause, promoting classical pipe organ music through a series of concerts, October 25 to 27 at Notre-Dame Basilica, St. Joseph Oratory, Church of St. Andrew and St.Paul and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Learn more about instrument itself on a musical tour of some of the city’s most impressive pipe organs, from La Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts to St. John the Evangelist, Église du Gesù and St. James United.
Orgue et Couleurs Fall Festival, September 27-October 5, 2013
Canadian International Organ Festival, October 25-27, 2013
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