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Concert – Path of Miracles – Valleyfield
September 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm (18:00) - 9:00 pm (21:00)Free
An urban pilgrimage
To the sound of mystical and inspired choral music, groups of “pilgrims” are invited to appropriate elements of the famous pilgrimage to Compostela on the forecourt of St Cecilia’s Cathedral, through four animated “stations”.
In this time of virtual events, here is the opportunity to attend a cultural event in person. A musical and ambulatory event specifically adapted to the circumstances of the pandemic, and entitled The Way of Miracles: An Urban Pilgrimage. The “path” in question is the way to Santiago de Compostela.
Spectators follow a 30-minute “pilgrimage route” both outside and inside the church. The Voces Boreales professional chamber choir under the direction of Andrew Gray performs The Choral Work Path of Miracles (2005) by Joby Talbot.
To the sound of mystical and inspired choral music, groups of “pilgrims” are invited to appropriate elements of the famous pilgrimage to Compostela on the forecourt, through four “stations”. Each station is led by an actor guide.
At the end of the fourth station, the groups enter the cathedral and follow, slowly, a bright marked path, a “camino”, to see and listen to the 18 performers of Voces boreales who, under the direction of Andrew Gray, sing live the extraordinary Path of Miracles. This choral work with 17 independent vocal lines follows groups of pilgrims torn between Roncevaux and Compostela, as they tell each other the legend of St. James and Charlemagne, comfort each other in their toil and the perils of the way, and rejoice in their victories.
Spectators walk to the music of Path of Miracles, Saint James United, Montreal, August 29, 2020 (photo: Paul Eifert)
The project as presented above is the first part of a series around path of miracles. For now, as part of Culture Month, Voces Boreales will perform the work in a more traditional (but distanced) concert on Saturday, October 3. That concert will be a co-production of Le Vivier.
Voces Boreales Facebook page Photos and videos from Joliette Cathedral last Saturday
A complete route (the “urban pilgrimage”) takes about 30 minutes. There is a departure every five minutes between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., and between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Free entry. No reservations.
- Wearing a face covering is mandatory throughout the pilgrimage.
- The route has more than 100 steps to go up or down.
- In order to minimize noise along the inner portion of the course, participants are advised to avoid hard-soled shoes.
- Bring an umbrella, if necessary.