In 2019, the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal premiered Québécois composer Michel Gonneville’s Chansons du Bonhomme de Chemin. Based on poems by Pierre Morency, the work explores themes of childhood and the cycle of the seasons, while juxtaposing music and magnificent large-screen projections. The entire work music resonates astonishingly well with the words and music of Erik Satie, as shown in this excerpt from the concert.
Skye Consort and Emma Björling
In November 2019, Skye Consort’s folk tunes were paired with the luminous voice of Swedish singer Emma Björling in a concert featuring traditional Scandinavian, Celtic and Québcois music. Let yourself be transported to distant lands in this short excerpt featuring a performance of the song Var det du eller var det ja !
Ilya Poletaev's sensitive touch combined with the lush sound of Bourgie Hall's historical 1859 Érard piano make for the perfect interpretation of Chopin's spellbinding Ballade No. 4. We invite you to listen to this beautiful recital that took place in October 2017 at Bourgie Hall.
Spring 2020 will forever be remembered as a peculiar one, and not because of the snow flurries in May.
However you are spending these odd times, we invite you to take a moment and indulge in this smooth tribute to Dave Brubeck, performed by the wonderful Rémi Bolduc and his band.
A perfect remedy to these springtime blues...
The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth, and the world came together to celebrate this momentous occasion. Bourgie Hall was no different: over 25 concerts were to be presented in honour of Beethoven's work, as part of our Beethoven 2020 Festival. The main highlight was the presentation of Beethoven's complete Piano Sonatas, one of the most important collections of piano works in the history of music, in seven recitals. We were thrilled to entrust its performance to Quebecois pianist Louis Lortie, who has an intimate knowledge of the corpus, having performed and recorded it in its entirety multiple times in his life.
Listen to Louis Lortie’s first two recitals on ICI Musique.
For a glimpse into these magnificent musical moments, we invite you to listen to this excerpt of Beethoven's sublime "Pathétique" Sonata, performed during the first recital.
The dates of the remaining five concerts are unknown due to the pandemic. But in the meantime, we can dream about those future moments while savouring the performances that have taken place.
This beautiful weather is reminding us of the days when sunshine would filter through the Tiffany stained-glass windows of Bourgie Hall. Such a beautiful and serene effect, especially when accompanied by the joyful and resonant tones of Baroque music. We invite you to close your eyes and enjoy this lovely hymn by Charpentier/Lully.