Friday, February 25, 2011, 9:00 pm

Cathédrale Christ Church

635, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest [métro McGill], Montréal, Québec

Info: 514-252-8221


  • Regular: $20.00
  • Senior: $10.00
  • Student: $10.00
  • Tickets: 514-843-9305 (SMCQ)

Production Groupe Le Vivier in collaboration with MNM

These two John Cage pieces are played in superposition, as Cage suggests in the score of Atlas Eclipticalis.

“On a winter night, when all is motionless and we contemplate the constellations.”

Thirty musicians from every corner of Montréal’s contemporary music scene join forces for a unique performance of John Cage’s famous Atlas Eclipticalis, premiered in Montréal by the composer 50 years ago. The piece had been commissioned by Québécois composer Pierre Mercure. Written by the American giant for 1 to 86 instruments, it is a literal transcription of the night sky’s constellations: a magnificently organized chaos giving birth to meditative ever-changing music.


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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