Saturday, March 31, 2012, 7:00 pm

Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur

100, rue Sherbrooke Est [métro Sherbrooke + autobus 24 Ouest / métro Saint-Laurent + autobus 55 Nord], Montréal, Québec

Info: 514-872-5338


  • Regular: $25.00
  • Senior: $15.00
  • Student: $10.00

Louise Bessette

Photo: Robert Etcheverry.

Production SMCQ

This event is also featured as part of:

6:30pm: preconcert talk video about the works on the program, by pianist and speaker Peter Hill.

A day of celebrations! The SMCQ marks the 30-year career of Louise Bessette, contemporary music doyenne, by giving her free rein over a one-of-a-kind triple concert. The pianist will open the event with ARTefact to perform several premieres, as well as Sokolović’s City Songs, before tackling some red hot pieces in the second half (Scelsi and Boudreau). She will close the day with pianist Peter Hill, renown for his performances of Messiaen.


  • Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, Rite of Spring (1912-13; orch. 1947) (Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, orchestration)

    four-hand piano

    In celebration of the centenary of The Rite of Spring

  • Olivier Messiaen, Visions de l’Amen (1943)

    two pianos

    Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the death of Olivier Messiaen

    • 1. Amen de la Création
    • 2. Amen des étoiles, de la planète à l’anneau
    • 3. Amen de l’Agonie de Jésus
    • 4. Amen du Désir
    • 5. Amen des Anges, des Saints, du chant des oiseaux
    • 6. Amen du Jugement
    • 7. Amen de la Consommation

Pianist Louise Bessette has carved out a distinctive place for her herself in the performance of some of the most important works of our time. Recognized for her eclectic repertoire and virtuosic performances, she has been singled out for a number of awards.

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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