Jacques Hétu with Jean Papineau-Couture and Serge Garant during the SMCQ concert at Théâtre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts.

Photo: Bruno Massenet, December 18, 1969.

Sadly, we have learned yesterday morning that composer Jacques Hétu, one of the most prolific and widely played Canadian composers, passed away on February 9th. As the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM) said in a news release yesterday, Mr Hétu had just received the Opus hommage prize, for the importance of his work. We join the arts community and offer our most sincere condolences to Mr Hétu’s family and friends.

News posted by Noémie Pascal (translation: Claire Cavanagh) on Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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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