Radio SMCQ: Montreal/New Music International Festival: 4th edition (2009)

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Two MNM Concerts to Air on Espace Musique

Previously presented as part of the MNM festival, the concerts entitled Quasar Cent Voix en l’Air and Hauts-Voltages will be aired on Radio-Canada’s Espace Musique. Tune into Michel Keable’s “Soirées Classiques” tonight (May 13th) and tomorrow (May 14th) at 8:00 pm (Director: Laurent Major).

News posted by Noémie Pascal on Wednesday, May 13, 2009

MNM 2009 is Already Behind Us

A celebratory mood prevailed over the festival closing, following a tribute to Claude Vivier by the French vocal ensemble Les Jeunes Solistes. With the support of the French consulate and the Fondation Vivier, the festival held a small reception open to all to underline the tremendous success of the event… and as a way of saying “see you next time!” Photos of all festival concerts are now online, along with a few “bonus” shots.

News posted by Noémie Pascal on Monday, March 2, 2009

Lending a Voice to Festival Artists

Our first two “MNM Interviews” have been posted online! Listen as Marie-Chantal Leclair (Quasar saxophone quartet) and Véronique Lacroix (l’ECM+) comment on their respective concerts.

Interview with Marie-Chantal Leclair about the “Quasar cent voix en l’air” concert, 7m43s, February 2009
Interview with Véronique Lacroix about the “Pont de papillons” concert, 4m49s, February 2009

News posted by Noémie Pascal on Friday, February 27, 2009

MNM 2009: From Full House to Full House

Within three days of MNM opening, over 2000 people had gathered for the event! On a Sunday afternoon, 1133 individuals assembled at the Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste to take part in the collective performance entitled “Chantez avec Raôul Duguay!” The “Totems Electriques” event (co-produced with Productions Totem Contemporain) had to be given a repeat performance so that all of the people who showed up for it could have a chance to hear Jean-François Laporte’s celebrated instruments. Some 40 individuals had to be turned away from the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal + (ECM+) concert for lack of seats. In short, the first few days of the festival got off to a real bang with lots left in store for the rest of the event.

News posted by Noémie Pascal on Sunday, February 22, 2009

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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