2014-2015 Programming

Bourgie Hall

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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.

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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.

Musical Canvases

Musical Canvases

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.

Arte Musica

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.

Jeunes et pro

Youth and Pros

Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m.

Intent on supporting exceptional young musicians just starting out, the Arte Musica Foundation continues this well-received series, which combines youthful exuberance with the experience of passionate professional musicians.

Echoes of Paris in Montreal!

A cycle of French music in collaboration with the Louvre.

The Arte Musica Foundation and the Louvre Museum are launching an exchange programme, making it possible for Bourgie Hall to offer some of the concerts slated for the Louvre auditorium this season.

Série Jacques Dansereau

Jacques Dansereau Series

Thursdays at 7.30 p.m.

Both a passionate lover of music and a sculptor, Jacques Dansereau, who passed away in 2011, criss-crossed the globe in pursuit of music.

Violon du Roy

Les Violons du Roy

Bernard Labadie

Arte Musica Soirees 

Seven unforgettable musical encounters in the company of renowned artists.


Baroque Matinées

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!

Série Tiffany

Tiffany Series

Seven exceptional events featuring the biggest names in dance, Baroque music, chamber music and recital.

5a7 en musique

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!

week-end famille

Family Weekends

One-hour shows without intermission

Four shows with live music for young and old – children, parents, grandparents and friends! Family afternoons can also include a thematic art workshop held between 1 and 4 p.m., guided tours for the whole family, and a range of fun activities offered at the Museum.

Holiday Concerts

The 2015 season will be posted in few weeks!


Ticket Counter

Buy your tickets online

By phone: 514-285-2000, option 4
In person: at the Museum Ticket Counter

Bourgie Hall

Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1339 Sherbrooke Street West

Arte Musica Foundation

Mailing adress:
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
P.O. Box 3000, Station “H”
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3G 2T9

Arte Musica Foundation Staff

Isolde Lagacé
General and Artistic Director
Tél. : 514-285-1600, ext. 244

Marie-Hélène Dionne
Administrative Manager
Tél. : 514-285-1600, ext. 116

Alexandre Caron
Communications Manager
Tél. : 514-285-1600, ext. 138

Miguel Chehuan
Administrative and Box-office Assistants
Tél. : 514-285-1600, ext. 460

Étienne Gautier
Production Manager
Tél. : 514-285-1600, ext. 762

Roger Jacob
Technical Coordinator
Tél. : 514-285-1600, ext. 761

Claudine Caron
Concert Programme Coordinator
Tél. : 514-285-1600, ext. 637

How to get there

Public transit

Bus: 24
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