Bourgie Hall: A Unique Concert Venue
Preserving the Erskine and American heritage church (designed in 1894 in the Romanesque Revival style by the architect Alexander Cowper Hutchison) lay at the heart of the Museum’s plan to create the new Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion. In 1998, the Department of Canadian Heritage designated the church a “national historic site” because of its history and its striking architecture.
The church was restored and transformed to become Bourgie Hall, a 444-seat concert venue with high-quality acoustics and exceptional decor that incorporates 20 remarkable Tiffany stained glass windows.
It hosts some 160 concerts a year. The hall’s dimensions make it ideal for the needs of chamber-music ensembles and other types of groups, such as string orchestras. With a repertoire ranging from classical to jazz, from world music to now, it offers music lovers experiences that reflect the Museum’s encyclopedic diversity.
The MMFA acquired the church in 2008 to restore it and give it a new vocation. This was far from the mos economical solution, as ethical and heritage considerations made it more difficult than the construction of a new building. It is important to emphasize this fact, since it might be assumed that renovating an existing building would be less expensive.
”The Museum’s choice of this option was aimed at enhancing the beauty of our city. It is an architectural conversion that we hope will serve as an example internationally,” explained MMFA Director Nathalie Bondil.
Concerts presented by the Arte Musica Foundation
The Complete Cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach
Year 1: The 2014-2015 Season
This season, the Foundation is launching a full-scale initiative: the concert performance of the complete sacred cantatas of J. S. Bach, one of the most venerated composers of all time.
Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism:
Benjamin-Constant in His Time
The former transports us to Armenia, Morocco and Turkey. The latter is the result of European composers’ fascination with the Orient throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, reflecting the era’s colonial and exotic predilections.
Musicians of the OSM
Fridays at 6.30 pm
In partnership with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Arte Musica Foundation offers a full series of chamber music concerts featuring musicians from the OSM in the intimacy of Bourgie Hall.
Fridays at 6.30 p.m.
Concerts preceded by an optional guided tour of a Museum exhibition at 5 p.m. The Musical Canvases series offers a guided tour of an exhibition followed by a concert with repertoire selected to complement the artworks seen on the tour. This series was created in collaboration with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
Spotlight on Beethoven
Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m.
A comprehensive overview of the works of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), this series invites the public to five musical encounters highlighting the composer’s chamber music. “Spotlight on Beethoven” offers myriad occasions to take the time to admire Beethoven’s genius. The Youth and Pros Series, also featuring the composer, presents gems of this timeless repertoire.
Spotlight on Schubert
An overview of the music of Franz Schubert (1797-1828) in nine concerts.
“Some melodies stay in your head. Schubert’s stay in your soul.” – Camille Bellaigue
Concerts in Connection with the Exhibitions
Concerts in connection with the exhibition “1920’s Modernism” and “Pompei”.
Nothing but Piano
Whether it be for solos, duets or chamber music, on a historic Érard piano, a Steinway concert piano, a piano with digital interface or an amplified piano, in the Classical, Romantic, contemporary or jazz repertoires, pianists are in the spotlight this year!
Les Violons du Roy
Arte Musica Soirees
Seven unforgettable musical encounters in the company of renowned artists.
Thursdays at 11 a.m.
One-hour concerts with commentary, no intermission.
Come hear Gregorian chant as sung in New France, Rameau’s works for organ and transcriptions of the Baroque repertoire for two cellos and double bass!
Seven exceptional events featuring the biggest names in dance, Baroque music, chamber music and recital.
Musical 5 à 7
Jazz at Bourgie
Consonance and Dissonance
Three extraordinary concerts!
One common thread: contemporary music boldly and creatively performed by young musicians. One theme: opera!
Musical Family Sundays
One-hour shows without intermission
Three shows for all ages: puppets, dance and adventure await you. Don’t forget that you can round out the afternoon by attending one of the workshops that are offered between 1 and 4 p.m., or by taking part in other fun activities at the Museum.
Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1339 Sherbrooke Street West
Arte Musica Foundation
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
P.O. Box 3000, Station “H”
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Arte Musica Foundation Staff
General and Artistic Director
Tél. : 514-285-1600, ext. 244
Tél. : 514-285-1600, ext. 116
Tél. : 514-285-1600, ext. 138
Administrative and Box-office Assistants
Tél. : 514-285-1600, ext. 460
Tél. : 514-285-1600, ext. 762
Tél. : 514-285-1600, ext. 761
Concert Programme Coordinator
Tél. : 514-285-1600, ext. 637
How to get there
Metros: Guy-Concordia or Peel
There’s no parking at the Museum. We suggest you to come in public transit or to take a parking lot around the Museum.
$2.50 fees on concerts evening