A Time for Everything

The Montreal Choral Institute invites you to experience one of Montreal’s finest chamber choirs, voces boreales, in concert with conductor Michael Zaugg.  The evening will create a transcendent soundscape on the theme of ‘A Time for Everything’. The Book of Ecclesiastes is the inspiration behind the selection of these great a cappella works.

Programme
Bo Holten – A Time for Everything
Ann-Sofi Söderqvist – What is life?
Pēteris Plakidis – Mūžība ­(Eternity)
Benjamin Britten – A.M.D.G. (Ad majorem Dei gloriam)
David Lang – Again
Fredrik Sixten – Unforgotten
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi – Die Stimme des Kindes

Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
400 Saint Paul Street East
Old Montreal

From XL to L : 40 voices in space

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth.
--Neil Armstrong, Apollo

Cocooned in the reverberant nave of Montreal’s Le Gesù Church, we are transported to the confines of space

40 voices gather round and surround us: Thomas Tallis’s ancient harmonies Gabriel Jackson’s mystical hymn Meredith Monk’s primal rite Marie-Claire Saindon’s interstellar ballet Alec Roth’s cosmic cantata.

On this 50th year of the discovery of the Earth as seen from the Moon, let us cut our gravitational tether, and take flight, way up there, to contemplate anew the frailty of our common household, that tiny pea, pretty and blue, our very own Earth.

Conductor: Andrew Gray


Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:30pm Le Gesù Church, 1202 De Bleury Street, Montréal, H3B 3J3 A co-production of the Montreal Choral Institute and groupe Le Vivier

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Le Vivier

Elements: Quintessence

“Quintessence” is the last concert in the Voces Boreales Elements series. Referred to as ether, quintessence is described as a material filling the universe above the terrestrial sphere.

Quintessence is given various names according to some traditions and cultures. For instance, it is a void in Japanese culture, while it is known as Akash in Indian Hinduism. Despite the different names, one common aspect prevails: quintessence relates to the same intangible, unseen concept—a sense of spirit, a soul, an essence that attempts to explain the inexplicable.

The final Elements concert reflects upon otherworldly concepts such as the soul and paradise.

Come hear works by prolific composers such as Eric Whitacre, Jeff Enns, and Jääkko Mäntyjärvi. In addition, the ensemble has prepared a North American premiere of a work by Icelandic composer Páll Ragnar Pálsson.

Conductor: Andrew Gray


Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
400 Saint Paul Street East
Old Montreal

Bonsecours

Tickets
Adults: $30
Students: $15
Pre-sale: $25 and $12

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ELEMENTS: III. EARTH & AIR

Voces Boreales once again brings an eclectic and exciting program of international contemporary music, sung in nine languages, to its Montreal audience. As always, the concert includes works by Scandinavian composers such as Jean Sibelius and Edvin Østergaard and Baltic composers such as Eriks Esenvalds. The program includes a Canadian work by Toronto composer Stephanie Martin as well as one from Mongolian composer Se Enkhbayer (a new addition to Voces Boreales’ list of countries!). In addition, the ensemble will perform the world premiere performance of Lukas Florczak’s setting of Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” Eric Whitacre’s “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine,” an adaptation of a traditional European madrigal, and the North American premiere of Wendelin Bitzan’s Air Cantata.

Conductor: Andrew Gray


Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
400 Saint Paul Street East
Old Montreal

Tickets
Adults: $30
Students: $15
Pre-sale: $25 and $12

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Shakespeare and Company

Four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare still inspires. Stephanie Moore and Tim Brady premiere two settings of texts by the great playwright that showcase the depth and power of the Voces Boreales choir and the ingenuity of the ensemble Of Sound, Mind and Body.

A coproduction of Bradyworks, the Montreal Choral Institute, and the Arte Musica Foundation

ARTISTS
OF SOUND, MIND AND BODY
Tim Brady, electric guitar
Helmut Lipsky, violin
Shawn Mativetsky, percussion
Ben Duinker, marimba

VOCES BOREALES Choir
Andrew Gray, conductor

PROGRAMME
Arvo PÄRT Which was the son of…
Peter KLATZOW Return of the Moon
Stephanie MOORE New creation on Shakespeare texts
Tim BRADY Symphony No. 8 Whose Motion Sounds, creation on Shakespeare texts

Programme:
https://billets.mbam.qc.ca/uploads/3bcba6f1-1dfc-4fb6-89df-7f720f580983.pdf

Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1339 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal (QC)

Coast to Coast

As part of the many Canada 150 celebrations taking place during 2017, vocal ensemble voces boreales once again puts contemporary choral music at the forefront with a Coast to Coast concert featuring works by present-day Canadian composers.

“At some point, celebrating Canada has to include commemoration of the past, where the country and its peoples came from, its struggles and hardships, as well as remembering those who paved the way for freedom and equality,” says Andrew Gray, the group’s conductor and artistic director. “November’s concert celebrates the richness of our cultureby combining newly created works within the structure of a traditional, commemorative requiem mass.”

This concert will present a creation by Quebec composer Dominique Lafortune, which was commissioned from the Montreal Choral Institute. In addition, you will hear compositions by Jason Noble and Stephanie Martin—some of many rising talents hailing from Newfoundland and Ontario.
Join us at 7:30 pm on November 28 at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel to take part in this special hour of music, celebrating our history in a uniquely Canadian way.

 

Conductor: Andrew Gray


Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
400 Saint Paul Street East
Old Montreal

Tickets
Adults: $30
Students: $15
Pre-sale: $25 and $12

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ELEMENTS: II. FIRE

For the second of our Elements concert series, we give you… FIRE! This evening of mostly contemporary a cappella offerings includes various interpretations of this most charismatic element: divine fire, the fire of the human spirit, the fire of love, of passion and of anguish, mythological immortal fire, the sun, poetic fire, and the physical element itself. Through an eclectic selection of music ranging from the 15th century to the present day, we explore our fascination with fire and flame, celebrating this element that can be
life-giving and destructive in equal parts.

Conductor: Andrew Gray


Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
400 Saint Paul Street East
Old Montreal

Tickets
Adults: $30
Students: $15
Pre-sale: $25 and $12

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Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Voces Boreales’ founding and the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death

This coming season, we will be celebrating our ten years of music making and paying tribute to Michael Zaugg, our founding director from Switzerland, by continuing to explore the contemporary repertoire from Scandinavia, the Baltic States and North America, the mission he had entrusted us with. Since 2016 also marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, most of the works that you will hear during this first concert of the season will be settings of texts from his plays and sonnets and of poems by writers on whom he had a profound impact. A delightful blend of the old and the new!

And the celebration will not stop there. After the concert, the audience will be invited to have a glass of wine with the choir!

Conductor: Andrew Gray


Highlights of the programme

Looking back

  • Psalmus CX by Swedish composer Otto Olsson, performed at our very first concert in February 2007
  • A nod to Michael Zaugg with Songs of Ariel by Swiss composer Frank Martin, whose magnificent Messe pour double chœur we performed on more than one occasion
  • Four Shakespeare Songs by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, a Finnish composer whom we are especially fond of

Back to the present

  • The night is darkening round me by Estonian Tõnu Kõrvits, poem by Emily Brontë
  • Nocturne by Canadian Leonard Enns (back to Shakespeare!)
  • Whispers of Heavenly Death by Polish-Canadian composer Norbert Palej, poems by Walt Whitman

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
400 Saint Paul Street East
Old Montreal

Tickets
Adults: $30
Students: $15
Pre-sale: $25 and $12

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ELEMENTS: I. WATER

Great rivers, oceans, rain

In May, we will be launching a series of concerts each of which will paint one of the elements of nature in wonderful, terrifying or exciting scenes. For the first of these concerts, the theme will be water, a matter essential to life itself. It will allow our thoughts to turn towards philosophical reflections about water and its relation to our lives, our psychology and our world and to contemplate at once our earthbound lives and our place in the cosmos.

We will present works by some of the composers that we are particularly fond of and that our audience has learned to appreciate over the years: Mäntyjärvi, Tormis and Ešenvalds. We will also extend our musical exploration into Iceland, an extremely rich source of magnificent choral works, including those of Jón Ásgeirsson and Jórunn Viðar whose Vökuró has been remixed by Björk. Finally, two of the pieces on the programme will be accompanied on glass harp, the ideal instrument for a concert about water!

Conductor: Andrew Gray


Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
400 Saint Paul Street East
Old Montreal

Tickets
Adults: $30
Students: $15
Pre-sale: $25 and $12

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