Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 7:30 pm

Salle Pollack — Université McGill

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

Tickets: 514-398-4547


  • $5.00

Radio SMCQ: Trois airs pour un opéra imaginaire

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Production McGill Schulich School of Music

This concert highlights the relationship between Vivier’s moving Trois Airs pour un Opéra Imaginaire and a melodic style that often underlies the composer’s work: Gregorian chant. The invocation of Gregorian processionals, incantation, heightened melancholy, and invented language: all aspects of Vivier’s music that stand out when placed against the backdrop of a capella Gregorian chant, led by Dom Richard Gagné, Schola director of the abbeys of Solesmes (Sarthe, France) and later Saint-Benoît du Lac (Québec, Canada).

Also on the programme:

  • anonymous, Gregorian Chants (700)
    McGill Cappella Antica; Dom Richard Gagné

As part of MusiMarch 2008 “Memory of Ages Quenched: the Book of Days”

As part of MusiMarch 2008 live@CIRMMT and in collaboration with Montréal/New Music’s “Série Hommage.”


  • Ron Nelson, Passacaglia on B-a-c-h

    McGill Wind Symphony; Alain Cazes, conductor

  • Claude Vivier, Trois airs pour un opéra imaginaire (1982)

    soprano, two flutes, two clarinets, bass clarinet, horn, two percussions, two violins, viola, cello and double bass

    McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble; Ingrid Schmithüsen, soprano; Denys Bouliane, conductor

  • Heather Hindman, New York (2008) (premiere)

    cello, two electronic controllers, and system

    Erika Donald, cello; Fernando Rocha, Tenor T-Stick; Xenia Pestova, Rulers

  • D Andrew Stewart, Sounds between our minds (2008) (premiere)

    three electronic controllers, and system

    Erika Donald, soprano T-Stick; Fernando Rocha, tenor T-Stick ; Xenia Pestova, Rulers

  • anonymous, Messe de Saint-Hubert (700) (Canadian premiere) (extract)

    Ensemble Corno di Caccia; Denys Derome, conductor

  • György Ligeti, Hamburg Concerto

    McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble; Denys Bouliane, conductor; Denys Derome, French horn solo

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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