MusiMarch 2006: Impressions

Music From the North

Press Release

Montréal, Monday, December 5, 2005 — From February 27th to March 3rd, 2006, the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) join forces once again for the biennial MusiMarch festival, for a week of concerts, lectures, workshops and masterclasses that will create a dialogue between composers and performers from here and abroad.

This year the focus will be on Nordic countries, with the participation of the Icelandic ensemble Caput as guest of honour, the Molinari Quartet, the Ensemble de la SMCQ and three performance groups from the Schulich School of Music: the McGill Chamber Singers, the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME) and the McGill Digital Composition Studio. Radio Canada’s “Espace Music” and the CBC’s “Radio Two” return as official broadcasters, while the festival welcomes Radio France’s “Présence.” With artistic coordination by composer Denys Bouliane, this event is presented by Bayer Canada with the support of the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology.


This year, MusiMarch highlights several composers from Nordic countries, including Anders Hillborg from Sweden, Bent Sørensen from Denmark, Lasse Thoresen from Norway, and Haukur Tómasson from Iceland, who will be in Montreal for the entire week.

These guests will present music that in many ways shares, “a heightened sense of the exquisite in a finely crafted style endowed with great evocative force,” and, at times, “very rich ties to folk traditions,” in the words of Denys Bouliane. In this respect, Karen Young’s performance with the Ensemble de la SMCQ with a work written specifically for a folk singer is not to be missed.

These works” the artistic coordinator adds, “cannot fail to recall the idea of music as the transposition, sublimation and acoustic formalization of sensory perception so dear to the impressionist aesthetic.

Concerts of Nations

Audiences will also have a chance to hear—in many cases for the first time in Canada—works by Canadian composers Denys Bouliane (Quebec premiere of Trois petits simiodrames), Sean Ferguson, Marc Hyland (premiere of Rosarium), Jean Lesage, Yannick Plamondon, Laurie Radford, R. Murray Schafer (premiere of Quartet No. 10 with the Molinari String Quartet) and Ana Sokolović. Other composers include the American John Cage; Icelanders Thuridur Jónsdóttir and Atli Ingolfsson; Danish and Polish composers Per Nørgärd and Krzysztof Penderecki; Sweden’s Wilhelm Stenhammar and Latvia’s Santa Ratniece.

Voices, Strings and Trombone

This highly diversified context will provide the backdrop for audiences to discover (or rediscover) the highly imagistic and colourful universe of all these composers, with performances by first rate musicians. Along with renowned ensembles and highly gifted students, the festival is pleased to welcome sopranos Julieanne Klein, Ingrid Schmithüsen and Karen Young, baritone Vincent Ranallo , trombonist Alain Trudel, violinist Ellen Jewett and pianist Rolf Bertsch, along with conductors Yaniv Attar, Walter Boudreau, Denys Bouliane and Peter Schubert.

Performers, composers, conductors invite you to share their music in the warmhearted environment of the festival’s concerts, encounters and exchanges that will take place at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, in the midst of a Montreal winter.

Six Concerts

  1. Monday, February 27th, Redpath Hall, 8:00 pm
    Ensemble CAPUT
  2. Tuesday, February 28th, Pollack Hall, 8:00 pm
    Molinari Quartet
  3. Wednesday, March 1st, Pollack Hall, 8:00 pm
    McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME)
    Denys Bouliane, artistic director and conductor; Ellen Jewett, solo violin; Yaniv Attar, guest conductor
  4. Thursday, March 2nd, Redpath Hall, 7:00 pm
    McGill Chamber Singers + Les Chanteurs d’Orphée
    Peter Schubert, artistic director and conductor
  5. Thursday, March 2nd, Pollack Hall, 9:00 pm
    CAPUT Ensemble
    Denys Bouliane, guest conductor
    McGill DCS (Digital Composition Studio),
    Sean Ferguson, director
    Ingrid Schmithüsen, soprano
  6. Friday, March 3rd, Pollack Hall, 8:00 pm
    Ensemble de la Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ)
    Walter Boudreau, artistic director and conductor
    Karen Young, solo voice; Julianne Klein, soprano; Vincent Ranallo, baritone; Alain Trudel, trombone
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