Season 2009-2010

Concerts

La voce del cornetto
Thursday 22 April 2010

La voce del cornetto
Wednesday 21 April 2010

Tabarinades
Saturday 30 January 2010

2009 Benefit Gala – “Du baroque à la bouche”
Thursday 12 November 2009

Telemann et quelques Français
Thursday 15 October 2009

Artistic Director’s Note

Les Boréades are now 14 years old! We are confident that the diverse series of concerts that we will present in the coming year will please you. There will be virtuoso instrumental pieces by Telemann, pieces associated with the pleasures of the table, and musical theater… and we’ll be welcoming back an old collaborator, the French cornetto player William Dongois. It is thanks to you, dear friends, who keep up with and appreciate what we do, that we stay imaginative. I and the other musicians of Les Boréades are looking forward to another pleasant season in your company.

Francis Colpron

La voce del cornetto

Thursday 22 April 2010, 20:00

Artists
Francis Colpron
William Dongois

Palais Montcalm
Website
995, place d’Youville, Québec, Québec

  • Regular: 28,00$
  • Senior: 23,00$
  • Student: 10,00$

Program

Italian and German music of the 18th century. With William Dongois, cornetto

The cornetto – whose sound was often described as lascivissimo, and was considered to equal only the violin’s as the best imitation of the human voice – was popular from about the middle of the 16th to the end of the 17th century. Its mouthpiece was like that of a brass instrument; its wooden body was slightly curved and sometimes covered in leather; and it was fingered like a recorder. The resulting sound combined sweetness with penetration and irresistible sensuality. This was the ideal instrument on which to perform the new virtuosic and expressive music of the Baroque.

La voce del cornetto

Wednesday 21 April 2010, 20:00

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe
William Dongois

Palais Montcalm
Website
995, place d’Youville, Québec, Québec

  • Regular: 28,00$
  • Senior: 23,00$
  • Student: 10,00$

Program

Italian and German music of the 18th century. With William Dongois, cornetto

The cornetto – whose sound was often described as lascivissimo, and was considered to equal only the violin’s as the best imitation of the human voice – was popular from about the middle of the 16th to the end of the 17th century. Its mouthpiece was like that of a brass instrument; its wooden body was slightly curved and sometimes covered in leather; and it was fingered like a recorder. The resulting sound combined sweetness with penetration and irresistible sensuality. This was the ideal instrument on which to perform the new virtuosic and expressive music of the Baroque.

Tabarinades

Saturday 30 January 2010, 20:00

Artists
Carl Béchard
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe
Jean-François Gagnon

Salle Ludger-Duvernay – Monument-National
Website
1182, boulevard Saint-Laurent [métro Saint-Laurent], Montréal, Québec

  • Regular: 32,00$
  • Senior: 30,00$
  • Student: 15,00$

Program

«Je joue moi non plus!»
Carl Béchard

Musical theatre in french only.

Theatre and Music. With stage director Jean-François Gagnon and actorCarl Béchard.

Tabarin, now little-known, was a very funny predecessor of Molière. From up on his stage, surrounded by the actors and musicians of his troupe, “with his endless beard, multiform hat, and baggy pants,” Tabarin entertained passers-by and onlookers on the Pont Neuf and in the place Dauphine. His short farces, accompanied by music, were adaptations into French of the most ludicrous and saucy situations of the commedia dell’arte. He was a master of seventeenth-century vaudeville!
See the evening brochure (pdf)

2009 Benefit Gala – “Du baroque à la bouche”

Thursday 12 November 2009, 20:00

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe

Centre des sciences de Montréal, le belvédère
Website
2 rue de la Commune Ouest, Vieux Montréal

  • Regular: 150,00$
  • Senior: 150,00$
  • Student: 150,00$

Program

Honorary President

Madame Liliane Colpron
President, Première Moisson
Liliane Colpron
Photo © Première Moisson

Delicious morsels for Baroque music

 Francis Colpron
Photo © Alain Lefort

With their considerable artistic sensitivity and experience, the musicians of Les Boréades strive above all to communicate the special spirit of each work. At this gala concert we will have the pleasure of serving up the most beautiful Baroque music perfectly harmonized with delicious food.

Delicious morsels from the Boulangerie Première Moisson presented with specially selected pieces of music… what better combination of delights? With all the beauty of sound, rhetorical clarity, energy, and virtuosity for which we are known, we shall play for you the best musique de table from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Francis Colpron
Founder and Artistic Director
Les Boréades de Montréal

Sophie Faucher
Photo © Monic Richard

It gives me great pleasure to be part of Les Boréades’ 2009 gala. I invite you to come in large numbers to enjoy what promises to be a memorable benefit evening.

Sophie Faucher
Actress and mistress of ceremonies

As Jean Chevalier wrote, “a banquet generally symbolizes collective participation in a group, a project, or a celebration.” Organized in collaboration with the Première Moisson bakery, this benefit gala will consist of a feast enlivened by the performance of beautiful music associated with the pleasures of the table.

Illustration: Jean-Maurice Breton

Finance Committee

Louis Adam
CEO, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division

Me Michel Bélisle
Associate, Pouliot, Caron, Prévost, Bélisle, Galarneau, s.e.n.c.

Nicole Charbonneau
CEO, La Tour à pistons

Jean-Pierre Coallier
CJPX FM, Radio Classique, Montreal

Daniel Colpron
CEO, Amaro – Eau de source naturelle

Me Édith Delisle
Lawyer

Me Marie-Louise Donald
Lawyer, Emergence Managing Consulting

Josée Fiset
Vice-president, Marketing and Strategic Development, Première Moisson

Johanne Goyette
CEO, Atma Classique

Gilles-André Lecours
Associate, Lecours Simpson et Associés

Jean-Michel Leprince
Reporter, Radio-Canada

Me Jonathan Munn
Lawyer

Luc Panneton
Communications consultant

Bernard Petiot
Vice-president, Casting and Performance, Cirque du Soleil

Daniel Pinard
Journalist and communicator

Telemann et quelques Français

Thursday 15 October 2009, 20:00

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
Website
400, rue Saint-Paul Est [métro Champ-de-Mars], Vieux-Montréal, Québec

  • Regular: 28,00$
  • Senior: 23,00$
  • Student: 10,00$

Tickets Boréades Store
Admission: 514-790-1245

Program

Solos, quartet, and concertos by Georg Philipp Telemann

The concerto allows not only for dense orchestral playing but also for the virtuosity of one or more soloists, and not only for timbral variety but also for contrasts of color and of tempo. The concerto originated in Italy, where it featured the violin, but the form spread like wildfire throughout Europe, with host countries adapting its exuberantly Italian flavor to their own national characteristics. The French masters, and Telemann, made a fascinating blend of such styles. The former wrote a good deal for the traverso, while the latter wrote concertos for all the instruments of his day, including the chalumeau, the forerunner of the clarinet.