CELEBRATION: 15th ANNIVERSARY! MONTREAL BAROQUE FESTIVAL with Cirque MUSICAL Circus
June 22 - June 25 .................. Montreal, May 4, 2017 Let's celebrate Montreal's 375th, Canada's 150th, the Reformation's 500th, Monteverdi's 450th, the Festival's 15th and the 220th of the circus in Montreal!
INSPIRATION Ricketts Circus opened in Montreal in 1797 to the general delight of all! Matthias Maute and Susie Napper have created a festival programme inspired by the idea of a marriage of music and the circus: a vaudeville of viols, twirling traversos, sopranos on stilts, the magic of Monteverdi and a balancing act with Bach!
EVENTS As usual, the festival offers an arena full of concerts featuring music from the Renaissance, Baroque and beyond with fourteen grand and intimate concerts as well as free, street events, a musical parade, café concerts, an instrument fair and a marathon, all in a celebratory mood to mark the 15th anniversary of this unusual, creative festival!
VENUES The festival will take place in Old Montreal and right downtown around the Quartier des Spectacles at the Agora des Sciences, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC), UQAM's Salle Polyvalente, the Church of St. John the Evangelist and the amazing Notman House.
GRAND OPENING PARADE Thursday 22 June: 6.30pm Fanfare Carmagnole Place Jacques-Cartier
GRAND CONCERTS Thursday 22 June: 7pm Ensemble Caprice Vertigo! To celebrate Monteverdi's 450th with Ensemble Caprice Ringmaster Maute will open the festival circus with a spectacular, surround-sound performance of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine! With double choir, brass and strings, a high-wire act that will guarantee you a heavenly vertigo! Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, Old Montreal
Friday 23 June: 7pm NovAntica and Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière CIRQUE MUSICAL CIRCUS Clowns, acrobats, jugglers, Flûtes Alors!,Alkemia, Rendez-vous baroque, Passiflore, the Fanfare Carmagnole and cotton candy! A musical circus by members of NovAntica to honour the memory of Nicolas Fortin (1981-2016) Agora des Sciences UQAM
Saturday 24 June: 7pm Suzie LeBlanc and Constantinople Aerial Silk Like aerial acrobats hanging from oriental silks undulating in the breeze, eastern spice meets southern passion in an evening of improvisations based on Italian masterpieces. Salle Polyvalente UQAM
Sunday 25 June: 7pm World première! La Bande Montréal Baroque, dir. Eric Milnes TOURS DE FORCE: Althea, the opera Bach never wrote We might conjecture that, had he not been a church musician, Bach might well, like his contemporaries, have been an opera composer! A brilliant Bruce Haynes' idea, Althea features a high priestess, a king, a princess, a lover, an imposter and a sea monster! A bi-lingual opera seria in three short acts with dramatic music by J.S. Bach. Agora des Sciences UQAM
CONCERTS INTIMES Thursday June 22: 9pm and 10pm Les Voix Humaines LE VAUDEVILLE DE PIERROT Clad in white, Pierrot, the dignified, sometimes melancholy clown is the hero of this vaudeville of viols! Les Voix Hhumaines find equilibrium amidst the emotional roller coaster of "concerts" by Sainte-Colombe. Crypt of the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, Old Montreal
Friday 23 June 9pm Infusion baroque and Rebecca Dowd CONTORSIONS PÉRILLEUSES A juggling act of conquests, abductions and frenzied flights from hit men, Alessandro Stradella's amorous adventures ended in his assassination by a jealous spouse. Moro per amore... Church of St John the Evangelist
Saturday 24 June: 11am Red Owl EFFROI ET TREMBLEMENTS An introspective portrait of 17th century Germany. Virtuoso works for solo violin by Bach and Biber, and suites for harpsichord by Weckmann and Froberger unify a country divided from north to south by Protestantism v Catholicism. Notman House
Saturday 24 June: 2pm Artem Belogurov and Octavie Dostaler (fortepiano and cello) DANS LA GUEULE DU LION 1797: While in Montreal a circus was born, a wild Beethoven, with his lion’s mane, composed two sonatas for fortepiano and cello... Salle Polyvalente UQAM
Saturday 24 June: 3pm and 4.30pm Pallade Musica and Andréanne Brisson-Paquin, soprano LE CRACHEUR DE FEU Danger, courage and determination: at the Museum of Contemporary Art, a newly commissioned piece by Jonathan Goulet and passion-filled Purcell, Eccles, Berardi and the amorous, assassinated Stradella, this is a concert for fire lovers! Co-production avec codes d'accès et Concerts noncerto® Musée d'art contemporain
Saturday 24 June: 9pm Autour de la flûte Mika Putterman, avec Kimberley de Jong et Lucy May DÉLICATES ÉVOLUTIONS Delicately expressive improvisations by two dancers to the sonic gyrations of a solo flutist playing noble allemandes by Blavet, de la Barre, Bach and Quantz. Salle Polyvalente UQAM
Sunday 25 June: 9am - 12pm INTERNATIONAL KEYBOARD MINI-FESTIVAL 9am: Aina Kalnciema (Latvia) harpsichord: Scarlatti, Bortnianski and contemporary Latvian composers, Juris Karlsons and Peters Vasks 10.30am: Artem Belogurov (Ukraine) - clavicord and fortepiano: W.F. et C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven et Reicha. 12pm: Skip Sempé (France) – harpsichord: In this programme, Skip Sempé will construct three suites, bringing together pieces from a dozen French harpsichordists, from Chambonnières to Armand-Louis Couperin Salle Polyvalente UQAM
Sunday 25 June: 2pm Sonate 1704 et Jacinthe Thibault, soprano L’ÉCUYÈRE ET LES ACROBATES A Catholic-Protestant struggle inspired by the 1517 Reformation. Catholic v. Protestant composer's cantatas and sonatas published or written in France dramatized by virtuoso strings and a coloratura diva! Church of St John the Evangelist
Sunday 25 June: 4pm Marathon: Les 100 Clochers de Montreal Join us to celebrate the 100 spires of Montreal: bring your instrument! Salle Polyvalente UQAM
Café concerts with Les Méandres and friends from 9pm June 22: Bistro Tasse et Coupe, Old Montreal June 23, 24, 25: MAC Café
Conferences June 23: 5pm MAC Café June 24: 12.30pm Café Osmo, Notman House IPLAI (Institute for the public life of arts and ideas)
Free open-air concerts Friday 23 June: 12.30pm The Urban Forest, McCord Museum Terrasse on Rue Victoria Saturday 24 & Sunday 25: 12pm onwards Square Philips
The 2017 Montréal Baroque Festival is programmed by Matthias Maute and Susie Napper, artistic co-directors. The Festival will be held from June 22 to 25, 2017. Tickets and information: www.montrealbaroque.com or 514 845-7171.
About the Festival Montréal Baroque A proud member of the NovAntica network (www.novantica.org), the Festival Montréal Baroque is an annual celebration of early music. The festival welcomes both renowned musicians and young artists who delight the audience with their interpretation of Baroque sounds from around the world.