Friday, March 2, 2007, 7:00 pm

Salle Pollack — Université McGill

555, rue Sherbrooke Ouest [métro McGill], Montréal, Québec

Tickets: 514-398-4547


  • Regular: $20.00
  • Senior: $10.00
  • Student: $10.00

Coproduction MNM / NEM

The Nouvel Ensemble Moderne gets its concert underway with a small music box from Old Frankfurt and a musical tableau by composer Manfred Stahnke entitled Frankfurt Musicbox. Revolving around this time honoured folk object the music speaks at times in high unstable pitches, with a hiccupping rhythm, as a living being, with a tendency to melancholy in certain passages. The German composer will be present in order to make comments about his work, as will French composers Hugues Dufourt and Philippe Leroux, whose works are also featured on the programme. Also a renown philosopher, Dufourt will present Euclidian Abyss, a polemical work against geometry in art. The octet refers to the painting of the same name by American artist Barnett Newman (New York, 1905-70), and in a way reopens, in the field of music, the same issues sparked by the painting in the world of visual art. Philippe Leroux will present (d’)Aller, a “violin concerto” in which the soloist (Alain Giguère) takes the role of catalyst, shining through the elements of the orchestral matter in the same way that sunshine passes through stained glass. This is the second time the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne has presented (d’)Aller at the MNM Festival — a welcome opportunity for Montrealers to hear this major work again.


Composing in the Present!

The SMCQ has been moving in step with the lively rhythms of new music for almost fifty years. With its regular concert season, its Série hommage (Homage Series), an international festival, and a young listener’s programme, the society has served both as a platform for today’s composers and as a window on creative works for everyone.

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