Season 2010-2011

Concerts

Stylus fantasticus
Thursday 19 May 2011

Touring With the Pla Brothers
Thursday 3 March 2011

Best of Bach for Soprano
Thursday 18 November 2010

Artistic Director’s Note

Les Boréades are now 15 years old! In this our 15th concert season, once again we focus on variety, and we are confident our choices will please. On the program: soprano Karina Gauvin and the beautiful vocal music of J.S. Bach; chamber music by the Pla brothers with the Quatuor Franz Joseph; and the French cornettist William Dongois (who, you will recall, was prevented from joining us last season by an untimely cloud of volcanic ash). The audiences who support our activities and appreciate our work are essential to our continuing creativity. In the name of all the members of the ensemble, I wish you all a wonderful season with the Boréades!

Francis Colpron

Stylus fantasticus

Thursday 19 May 2011, 20:00

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe
William Dongois

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

With William Dongois, cornetto – Italian and Austrian music from the 17th century

Athanasius Kircher, the author, inventor, and genuine universal spirit, described the Stylus Fantasticus (Fantastic Style) in his 1650 book Musurgia universalis as follows: “The fantastic style is particularly suitable for instruments. It is the freest of all the compositional styles. This way of writing music is unconstrained, linked neither to words, nor to a particular melodic subject. This style was invented to show off genius, and to teach the hidden secrets of harmony and musical composition.”

As the last concert of our 15 season, we present a varied and colorful program of 17th-centruy Italian and Austrian chamber music, which will feature improvisation in the fantastic style. All aspects, written or unwritten, of virtuosity will be explored. To the ensemble’s usual line-up of instruments will be added the cornetto. This instrument, whose sensual sound is rarely heard in these parts, will be played by our long-time collaborator, the French cornettist William Dongois.

Touring With the Pla Brothers

Thursday 3 March 2011, 20:00

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe
Quatuor Franz Joseph

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

A co-production with the Quatuor Franz Joseph – Works by Juan Bautista and José Pla

In the middle of the 18th century the Pla brothers, of Catalan origin, became famous in Europe as oboists and composers, and as virtuosos on the violin and the psaltery. They performed in Lisbon, London, Stuttgart, Pavia, and possibly in the Netherlands. After performing several times in the Concert spirituel series in Paris, where they also performed some symphonies, it was said of them that they skillfully combined “the drama of Italian music with the affability of French music.” They have left several concertos, trios, and quartets for traverso. Music to discover!

Best of Bach for Soprano

Thursday 18 November 2010, 20:00

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe
Karina Gauvin

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

  • Regular: 32,00$
  • Senior: 25,00$
  • Student: 10,00$

Tickets Boréades Store
Admission: 514-790-1245

Program

With soprano Karina Gauvin – The most beautiful of Johann Sebastian Bach’s soprano arias

Exploring Bach’s cantatas – which Gérard Zwang has described as a “Himalaya of music” – is a pleasure that never fails. Les Boréades join Karina Gauvin to present soprano best repertoire from the cantatas Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten BWV 202 and Non sa che sia dolore BWV 209; as well as the beautiful sinfonia that open cantatas BWV 156 and the flute sonata BWV 1034. A concert featuring Karina Gauvin’s exceptional voice and Francis Colpron’s expressive traverso.