The easiest way to begin this post is by starting with a look at a couple of Montreal’s most impressive churches. There is, obviously, a religious connection between choral music and church, but I’m a music guy, so I’ll just mention that they have some of the best acoustics in town…
Notre-Dame Basilica: This jewel of Old Montreal is renowned around the world for the impact of its Gothic Revival architecture, incredibly colourful interior and Casavant organ. During the course of the year, it is home to a range of choirs, symphonies and ensembles, but on April 23rd it will be the Basilica’s own choir adding their voices to the Easter Mass.
Saint-Joseph’s Oratory: Another of Montreal’s iconic landmarks, the Oratory is a truly spectacular basilica located on Mount Royal, which is equally recognised as being the home of the recent canonized Saint André Bessette. Their boys’ choir, the Petites Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, has been singing at the Sunday morning mass for over 50 years and Easter Weekend will be no exception.
Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal: The Studio, which matches an incredible choir with accomplished period musicians, has been one of Montreal’s true musical powerhouses for over 30 years and specializes in music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. You can find them at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel on April 22, performing works from Victoria, Gesualdo, Morales and Tallis.
Choeur de L’UQAM: Alongside the Société Philharmonique de Montréal and featuring soprano Elyse Charlebois and mezzo-soprano Andrea Kövagó under the direction of Maestro Miklós Takács, this esteemed choir will celebrate the music of Frank Liszt on April 22 at the Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
Fans of this post should take special note that the Montreal Chamber Music Festival runs from May 5 to May 28 and we’ll have preview coming on the blog soon…