Works by Canadian composers

Fall 2017

Missa Campanula, Karen Young

Jesus erbarme dich, Claude Vivier

An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Hosts, Healey Willan

Regina Caeli, Stewart Grant
And works by: André Prévost, R. Murray Schafer, Lionel Daunais, Patrick Wedd and others

For 25 years now, Musica Orbium has been one of the flagship choirs of both Montreal and Canada. Remaining faithful to its mandate of presenting rarely heard works from a wide-ranging variety of periods and styles, the choir has performed over 400 pieces, from the complete Bach motets and Monteverdi Vespers to new works by composers as varied as Arvo Pärt, John Rutter and George Shearing. We are delighted that our anniversary coincides with Montreal’s 375th and Canada’s 150th.

And so, to celebrate, we proudly offer an all-Canadian concert: works by Montreal composers André Prévost, Claude Vivier and Patrick Wedd; Karen Young’s new Missa Campanula; classics by Healey Willan, Stewart Grant and R. Murray Schafer; and popular favourites Le Pont Mirabeau by Lionel Daunais and Je voudrais voir la mer by Michel Rivard—truly something for everyone!

Come and help us party: Bonne Fête Canada, Montreal and Musica Orbium!

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 3 p.m.

Église Saint-Pierre-Apôtre

1201 de la Visitation Street
Montréal (métro Beaudry)

Ticket prices

Fêtons

St Matthew Passion

Season subscription

(two concerts)

In advance

$30

$40

In advance

$25

$35

Door

$35

$45

Door

$30

$40

Regular

Seniors*/students**/ unemployed

$65

$55

Buy now

* Seniors: 65 years and over

** Students: 25 years and under attending a recognized institution

Read the program notes

Fêtons!-programme Fêtons!-programme (1738 KB)

J.S.Bach

St Matthew PASSION

Period layout of musical forces

Spring 2018

With

Ensemble Caprice

And

Benjamin Butterfield, Evangelist

Dion Mazerolle, Christ

Stephanie Manias, soprano

Myriam Leblanc, soprano

Nicholas Burns, alto

Stéphanie Pothier, alto

Mathieu Abel, tenor

Jacques-Olivier Chartier, tenor

François-Nicolas Guertin, bass

Normand Richard, bass

It is widely accepted that one of the monumental masterpieces of the great Johann Sebastian Bach is his St Matthew Passion, a piece which Orbium is honoured to present, following our resounding success with the magisterial B-minor Mass.

What is less understood, and of great interest to recent researchers, is that reports of the first performance in the Thomaskirche, in Leipzig, indicate that the two performing groups—each a complete choir and orchestra with soloists—were divided at either end of the church—each with its own organ—one in the back gallery, the other in the “swallow’s nest” over the entry to the chancel. The back-and-forth, call-and-response of the two groups, separated by dozens of metres, could have only heightened the inherent drama of the Passion narrative.

True to our calling of adventure in programming, Musica Orbium recreates the spatial layout of musical forces heard in that original performance as we take up the challenge of this thickly textured and thrillingly intense work. We will once again be joined by outstanding soloists and the remarkable Ensemble Caprice. Montrealers have never heard anything quite like this before. You don’t want to miss this extraordinary performance!

As this concert will be performed according to the original layout of musical forces, the church's seating capacity will be reduced. We recommend obtaining tickets early.

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 3 p.m.

Église Saint-Pierre-Apôtre

1201 de la Visitation Street
Montréal (métro Beaudry)

Ticket prices

Fêtons

St Matthew Passion

Season subscription

(two concerts)

In advance

$30

$40

In advance

$25

$35

Door

$35

$45

Door

$30

$40

Regular

Seniors*/students**/ unemployed

$65

$55

Buy now

* Seniors: 65 years and over

** Students: 25 years and under attending a recognized institution

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