Skip to contentSkip to navigation

About Bourgie Hall

Music at the Museum

Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion, exterior view.
Credit

Recitals, chamber music, vocal art, Baroque music, jazz, world music, family shows, and more: each year, Bourgie Hall produces over a hundred concerts at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in its exceptional venue.

Inaugurated in September 2011, Bourgie Hall offers top-rate artistic programming and welcomes on its stage Canadian and international artists in equal numbers. Whether they are just starting out or already critically acclaimed, these musicians are chosen to perform in Bourgie Hall on the basis of their immense talent.

In addition to offering remarkable concerts at affordable prices, Bourgie Hall organizes music workshops for families and amateur musicians. These friendly encounters enable participants to develop their musical gifts in a convivial environment.

Bourgie Hall’s programming also brings out astonishing connections between music and art collections. To be discovered at the concerts or during events in the Museum’s exhibition rooms!

The following is a selected list of individual performers and ensembles who are regular guests at Bourgie Hall:

Credit
Bourgie Hall, Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion.
Credit
Credit
Bourgie Hall by Bernard Fougère
Credit

Ian Bostridge

Tenor

Angèle Dubeau

Violinist

Philippe Jaroussky

Countertenor

André Laplante

Pianist

Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Contralto

Louis Lortie

Pianist

Kent Nagano

Conductor

Jean-Guihen Queyras

Cellist

Charles Richard-Hamelin

Pianist

Jordi Savall

Gambist

Andreas Scholl

Countertenor

Philippe Sly

Bass-baritone

Alexandre Tharaud

Pianist

Danish String Quartet

Les Violons du Roy

London Haydn Quartet

Trinity Wall Street Choir and Orchestra

The Tallis Scholars

Olivier Godin, Artistic Director and
Caroline Louis, Executive Director

Fortified by the confidence placed in us, in a spirit of continuity as well as an optimistic and enthusiastic vision for the performing arts, we commenced six months ago our mandate as Executive Director and Artistic Director of Bourgie Hall, a major centre for music in Montreal. Its national and international reputation allows it to both promote highly talented musicians from Quebec and welcome artists of diverse horizons and cultures from around the world. Our four-handed management provides us with the opportunity to continue and reinforce the association between Bourgie Hall and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, all while bringing concert music, visual art, and education to the forefront. We are extremely pleased to initiate this collaboration in order to continue the adventure of this acclaimed Montreal institution, envisioned by Pierre Bourgie and led to exceptional heights by Isolde Lagacé, Director Emeritus (2007-2022), and her team. We are very excited to share the 2023-2024 season’s programming with you, which will be our first. Until then, we invite you to join us and enjoy the current season’s wonderful concerts!

Credit

Isolde Lagacé, General and Artistic Director Emeritus of Arte Musica

Stemming from a musical family, Isolde Lagacé has devoted her life to the promotion and dissemination of classical music, leaving a lasting and profound impact on the Quebec music scene. Having acquired a solid experience as a manager, musician and teacher, she has been General and Artistic Director of Arte Musica for 15 years, from 2007 to 2022. Dynamic and visionary, she was the ideal person to masterfully lead this project for a new concert hall, dreamed and then realized jointly with philanthropist Pierre Bourgie. Under her direction Bourgie Hall has earned an international reputation, becoming one of the most popular venues for concert music in Canada. We also owe her several ambitious projects, including the presentation of the complete sacred cantatas of J.S. Bach, a first in Canada.

Prior to her mandate at Bourgie Hall, Isolde Lagacé was director of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal from 2000 to 2007 and, previously, director of the concert and publicity department of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University from 1992 to 2000, managing both Pollack and Redpath concert halls. Very involved in the musical community, she was president of the Conseil québécois de la musique in 1997 and 1998, and was a member of numerous committees and boards of directors within several musical organizations. Furthermore, she regularly sits on the juries of various arts councils.

Pierre Bourgie, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts staff as well as the entire team at Bourgie Hall wishes to warmly thank Isolde for her passion and tireless work, and hope that she enjoys a most happy, well-deserved retirement.

Picture of Isolde Lagacé, artistic and general director of Bourgie Hall
Credit

During this time of confinement, we recognize that art, and in particular music, play an irreplaceable role in the fulfillment of human beings and are a cornerstone of society which cannot be done without.

Bourgie Hall's history

In September 2007, the Montreal businessman Pierre Bourgie created Arte Musica, a foundation in residence at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Its mission was to develop Bourgie Hall within the very heart of the museum. Mr. Bourgie entrusted Madame Isolde Lagacé, who is highly regarded for her vast knowledge and experience of cultural environments, with the general and artistic direction of the new foundation.

The restoration and reconversion into a concert hall of the nave of former Erskine and American Church, designated in 1998 as a “historical site of national interest,” gave way to a vast site for the study and restoration of an exceptional series of stained glass windows adorning the building, and now part of the Museum’s collections.

Black and white picture outside of the Erskine and American Church
Black and white picture inside of the Erskine and American Church in 1938
Picture inside of the Erskine and American Church before renovation, profile view

Inside Bourgie Hall - Photo Marc Cramer

Among the 81 windows of the stained-glass type that were restored, there were 20 Tiffany windows commissioned at the turn of the 20th century by the American Presbyterian Church (subsequently reinstalled in the Erskine and American Church between 1937 and 1938). They form the most important collection of their kind in Canada and one of the rare series of religious windows by Tiffany to survive in North America.

During reconversion work, the complex labour of turning the magnificent 462-seat concert hall into an acoustical space of the highest standards in today’s ultra specialized venues began. The cherry wood conch considerably aided the hall’s sound quality, among other features.

The hall was named in honour of the Bourgie family.

Rose window and six stained-glass windows by Peter Haworth, situated on Bourgie Hall’s balcony
Credit
screenshot of MMFA's video of the installation of the Tiffany stained glass in the Bourgie Hall
Salle Bourgie : Installation des vitraux Tiffany

Bourgie Hall is a marvel of extraordinary acoustics and closeness with the performing artists. As for the choice of concerts, they are relevant without exception! » - Alexandre, a Bourgie Hall member.

The Instrument Collection

An Historical Érard grand piano (1859)

Built in London in 1859, this instrument is entirely representative of the Romantic piano as it was known by Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Schubert, and other performers of that period. The instrument was restored between 2009 and 2011 by Claude Thompson.

A pianoforte made in 2020 by Rodney J. Regier

This instrument is based on examples by Viennese makers Conrad Graf and Ignaz Bösendorfer, between the late 1820’s and 1840. The lighter frame, entirely made of wood, strings, and keyboard mechanism produce an articulate sound with a sharp attack.

Two Steinway & Sons (New York) grand pianos

Model D: a 9-foot-long concert grand
Model B: a 7-foot-long grand piano for the rehearsal hall

Steinway & Sons piano from Bourgie Hall’s collection

An Italian harpsichord

Historical copy of a 17th-century Italian-style instrument with a short octave and large range built by Rodney Myrvaagnes in 1975.

Italian Harpsichord from Bourgie Hall’s collection Photo MMFA, Christine Guest

A Flemish harpsichord

Historical copy in the 17th-century Flemish luthier style, build by Keith Hill in 1984.

Flemish Harpsichord from Bourgie Hall’s collection

A clavicytherium

This instrument is the Montreal harpsichord builder Yves Beaupré’s Opus 100. It was designed in 2002 after a model by Albertus Delin dated 1768 and preserved at the Historical Museum of The Hague. Its particularity is the vertical (upright) position of its case and its single set of strings.

Clavicytherium from Bourgie Hall’s collection

A small chamber organ (Opus 1)

This organ was built in 1958 by Hellmuth Wolff, transformed into a positive organ in 1998. It has a single, 51-key keyboard and 5 register stops.

Small chamber organ from Bourgie Hall’s collection

A large chamber organ (Opus 2)

Built in Montreal by Hellmuth Wolff for the organists Bernard and Mireille Lagacé, this instrument was subjected to a full restoration in 2011 by Wolff himself and François Désautels in conformity with the requirements of Bourgie Hall. It has 12 stops spread over 2 keyboards and 1 pedal board.

Large chamber organ from Bourgie Hall’s collection

Awards and Distinctions

Bourgie Hall has been recognized at several Conseil québécois de la musique Opus Award galas:

Opus Award in 2016–2017
Best Specialized Presenter of the Year


Opus Award in 2015–2016
Best Concert of the Year: Classical, Romantic, Postromantic and Impressionist Music
Dang Thai Son—Inauguration of the Érard piano on February 10, 2016


Opus Award in 2011–2012 (Bourgie Hall’s opening season)
Best Specialized Presenter of the Year
Best Concert of the Year: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical Music
Inaugural Concert at Bourgie Hall on September 28, 2011

Opus Award

Board of directors

Pierre Bourgie

President

Carolyne Barnwell

Secretary

Paula Bourgie

Administrator

Colin Bourgie

Administrator

Michelle Courchesne

Administrator

Philippe Frenière

Administrator

Paul Lavallée

Administrator

Yves Théoret

Administrator

Diane Wilhelmy

Administrator

The team

Isolde Lagacé

General and Artistic Director Emeritus of Arte Musica

Caroline Louis

Executive Director

Olivier Godin

Artistic Director

Nicolas Bourry

Administrative and Production Director

Trevor Hoy

Concert Programme Manager

Marjorie Tapp

Box Office Manager

Charline Giroud

Head of Marketing and Customer Experience

Julie Olson

Digital Media Manager

Claudine Jacques

Media Relations Manager

Fred Morellato

Administrative assistant

Jérémie Gates

Production Manager

Roger Jacob

Technical Director

Martin Lapierre

Technical manager

Bourgie Hall

Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1339 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1G2

About Bourgie Hall

View on Google Maps

Contact

Contact us

Questions ?
sallebourgie@mbamtl.org
514-285-2000

Add a touch of culture to your inbox
Subscribe to the Museum newsletter

Bourgie Hall Newsletter sign up

This website uses cookies in order to optimize your browsing experience and for promotional purposes. To learn more, please see our policy on the protection of personal Iinformation