Wednesday, March 5, 20087:30 pm
Works by anonymous, Hindman, Ligeti, Nelson, Stewart and Vivier.
This concert highlights the relationship between Vivier’s moving Trois Airs pour un Opéra Imaginaire and a melodic style that often underlies the composer’s work: Gregorian chant. The invocation of Gregorian processionals, incantation, heightened melancholy, and invented language: all aspects of Vivier’s music that stand out when placed against the backdrop of a capella Gregorian chant, led by Dom Richard Gagné, Schola director of the abbeys of Solesmes (Sarthe, France) and later Saint-Benoît du Lac (Québec, Canada).
Also on the programme:
- anonymous, Gregorian Chants (700)
McGill Cappella Antica; Dom Richard Gagné
McGill Wind Symphony; Alain Cazes, conductor
Trois airs pour un opéra imaginaire (1982), 11:00soprano, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, horn, 2 percussions, 2 violins, viola, cello and double bassMcGill Contemporary Music Ensemble; Ingrid Schmithüsen, soprano; Denys Bouliane, conductor
The Long and the Short of It (2008)cello, 2 electronic controllers and systemPremiereErika Donald, cello; Fernando Rocha, Tenor T-Stick; Xenia Pestova, Rulers
Sounds between our minds (2008)3 electronic controllers and systemPremiereErika Donald, soprano T-Stick; Fernando Rocha, tenor T-Stick; Xenia Pestova, Rulers
Messe de Saint-Hubert (700)Canadian premiere / ExcerptEnsemble Corno di Caccia; Denys Derome, conductor
McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble; Denys Bouliane, conductor; Denys Derome, French horn solo
Production McGill Schulich School of Music