A WORD FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

A normal season in 2021-2022?

That’s what we wholeheartedly wish for! To have you with for our four fine and varied concerts!

Two of these concerts will be more substantial: magnificent, sensual, and expressive opera arias by the young Mozart, with Marie-Eve Munger and the Boréades orchestra; and Bach’s four Missæ Breve, for soloists, orchestra, and choir (in this case, the Saint Lawrence Choir). The excellent Philippe Bourque, musical director of the latter choir, and with whom we are always delighted to collaborate, will direct both these concerts.

As well as evenings of music by these two giants, we offer two more intimate but nonetheless fascinating concerts. In one, full of life and delicacy, the flute, violin, and indispensable basso continuo will present an overview of French chamber music from the beginning of the 18th century. The second intimate concert will feature a sparkling traverso duo; I will have the pleasure of playing with my guest and colleague, Alexa Raine-Wright.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Francis Colpron
Artistic director

Arias and overtures from operas by young Mozart

Marie-Ève Munger, soprano
The orchestre of Les Boréades
Directed by Philippe Bourque

Everyone today knows of Mozart’s extraordinarily precocious genius. While writing sonatas and symphonies as a child he was already irresistibly attracted by the opera.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29 2021, 7:30 P.M

Église Saint-Laurent

SOLOISTS, CHOIR, AND ORCHESTRA
WITH THE ST. LAWRENCE CHOIR
DIRECTED BY PHILIPPE BOURQUE

We don’t know the occasion for which Bach composed, between 1737 and approximately 1748, the four missæ breves (short masses), also known as his Lutheran Masses.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27 2021, 7:30 P.M

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste

FLUTE DUETS FROM THE CLASSICAL PERIOD

WORKS BY W. F. BACH AND KUHLAU
ALEXA RAINE-WRIGHT AND FRANCIS COLPRON, TRVERSOS

The traverso, intimate and sensitive, enjoyed great popularity in the 18th century. Some criticized its imprecise tuning and unequal sonorities, but composers knew how to cleverly take advantage of these ‘defects’…

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 24 2022, 7:30 P.M

Chapelle Saint-Louis

FRENCH CHAMBER MUSIC FROM THE EARLY 18TH CENTURY

WORKS BY COUPERIN, MARAIS, HOTTETERRE, JACQUET DE LA GUERRE, AND BOISMORTIER

As well as being obsessed with his own glory, Louis XIV had three other passions: women, buildings, and music. During his seemingly interminable reign — it lasted almost 65 years — the first two passions faded; the first because of the spirit of devotion imposed on the court by Mme de Maintenon, his morganatic wife, the second because of the economic troubles afflicting the kingdom.

SUNDAY APRIL 10 2022, 3 P.M

Salle de concert du Conservatoire

NOTE: SUBSCRIPTIONS AND SANITARY MEASURES

Because of sanitary constraints and the varied format of our 2021-2022 programming, we will not offer subscriptions for the entire season. Instead, tickets will be sold for each concert.

We reserve the right to change our programming without notification.

Les Boréades promises to respect rigorously the measures in effect to stop COVID-19 spreading.

2020-2021 Season