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.
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.
Concerts in Connection with the Exhibitions
Concerts in connection with the exhibition “1920’s Modernism” and “Pompei”.
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!
Consonance and Dissonance
Three extraordinary concerts!
One common thread: contemporary music boldly and creatively performed by young musicians. One theme: opera!