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Death of Hugh Davidson, SMCQ founding member

It is with tremendous regret that we learned of the death of Hugh Davidson, on Monday, July 14th at the age of 84. Founding member in 1996 of the SMCQ along with Maryvonne Kendergi, Jean Papineau-Couture, Serge Garant and Wilfrid Pelletier, he was one of its directors until 1969. Composer, author, he dedicated his life’s work to disseminating music worldwide, through his involvement with Radio-Canada’s French and English networks, with Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Victoria Symphony Society.

At age 16 he won the prestigious CAPAC (later known as SOCAN) prize, for Trois préludes pour pianos. Hugh Davidson composed diverse major works, from chamber music to choral works including ballet and music for the theater.

We express our sincere condolences to his family, his friends and his colleagues in the music milieu.

News posted Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SMCQ Youth Summer Workshops

Throughout the summer, the SMCQ will give workshops at Camp musical Père Lindsay and at the UdeM day camps. These workshops will explore the geographical and sound environment of City Life, our September 26th opening concert, which the participants will be attending.

News posted by Guillaume De Pauw on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Homage Series assessment

This year’s Homage Series to Denis Gougeon was a ringing success. All in all, 415 concerts and activities moved to Gougeon’s rhythm, and more than 45,000 people had the opportunity to listen to the composer’s music. A big thanks goes out to everyone who made this impressive tribute possible, and who helped us draw attention and recognition to our local composers.

News posted by Guillaume De Pauw on Monday, July 7, 2014

Breaking in a new version of Le piano muet

Denis Gougeon and Gilles Vigneault’s children’s story, Le piano muet, will be presented in a new version featuring stage direction by Marc Béland. Rehearsals and a showcase will be held in June prior to several performances next year.

News posted by Guillaume De Pauw on Monday, June 16, 2014

Denis Gougeon’s name comes up at the National Assembly

After a year of being honored in both the artistic and educational milieus, now the political sphere seeks to pay tribute to Denis Gougeon. A motion will be made at the National Assembly on Wednesday, June 11th by Hélène David, Minister of Culture and Communications.

News posted by Guillaume De Pauw on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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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