Concert – Path of Miracles – Valleyfield

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.

Excerpts from Path of Miracles, record made in July 2018 at the Lanaudière Festival Audio excerpts from Path of Miracles

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.

Chemin des Miracles

Free entry. No reservations.

More details

  • 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.

Concert – Path of Miracles – Montreal

Chemin des Miracles

An Urban Pilgrimage

To the sound of mystical and inspired choral music, groups of “pilgrims” are invited to move through elements of the famous pilgrimage to Compostela on the forecourt of St. James United Church, guided through four “stations”.

The experience lasts about 30 minutes, and groups will depart every five minutes between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., and between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Free entry, no reservations required.

More details

  • 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.

Concert – Path of Miracles – Joliette

Chemin des Miracles

An Urban Pilgrimage

To the sound of mystical and inspired choral music, groups of “pilgrims” are invited to move through elements of the famous pilgrimage to Compostela on the forecourt of St. Charles Borromeo’s Cathedral, guided through four “stations”.

The experience lasts about 30 minutes, and groups will depart every five minutes between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., and between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Free entry, no reservations required.

More details

  • 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.

In Illo Tempore

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In Illo Tempore …

Step back in time, allow yourself to be moved, amazed, entranced, and beguiled by anguish to rise in ecstasy.

We find in ancient bible stories the same themes, morals and emotions that continue to shape the human soul. We can all relate to the themes of a great story regardless from where or whence it came.

It is a great pleasure for us to welcome cellist Dominique Beauséjour-Ostiguy as guest artist for one of the works in this concert. Championing contemporary Canadian repertoire is important to us, as is supporting young and emerging artists.

Conductor: Andrew Gray


Tuesday, November 12th at 7:30 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

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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

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