Works by Messiaen, Morel and Tremblay.

Concert hosted by Georges Nicholson, with contribution from composers Yannick Plamondon and Michel Gonneville.

Walter Boudreau opens the 53rd season of the SMCQ with a major free concert paying tribute to Gilles Tremblay and François Morel, two pillars of Québec contemporary music who passed away in the past two years. With music that at times evokes fiery inflections and Gregorian chants (Tremblay), and at other times beams of brilliantly coloured light filtered through stained-glass windows (Morel), the conductor takes us through a genuine sound cathedral. Crowned by an orchestral work by a “master of these masters”, Olivier Messiaen, who was also inspired by large sacred spaces, this concert pays a post-mortem tribute as majestic and bright as these renowned Canadian composers.

The public is urged to plunge into Gilles Tremblay’s creative process through a participatory activity animated by young composer /DJ Chirine Tarhouny prior to the concert (2:30 pm), within the framework of the Journées de la culture.

With the participation of the musicians of the percussion ensemble Sixtrum.



  • Lumières sculptées (1992), 12:00
    2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba and 3 percussions
  • Musique du feu (1991), 17:00
    solo piano, flute (piccolo), 2 flutes, 3 oboes, clarinet (bass clarinet), clarinet (clarinet in E-flat), clarinet, 3 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, 2 tubas and 6 percussions
  • 5 flutes (including two piccolos), 4 oboes (including Engish horn), five clarinets (three in B-flat, one in E-flat, one bass), 5 clarinets, 3 bassoons, contrabassoon, 6 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, bass saxhorn and 6 percussions

A production SMCQ during the Journées de la culture