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First concert

"Stormy Winds"

Thursday, July 28, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île

Wind instruments are the stars of this concert! Come discover (or rediscover!) these fascinating instruments: the recorder, traverso, oboe and bassoon will all demonstrate their versatility and virtuosity. Inspired by the winds of the Acadian Peninsula, Baroque woodwinds mingle and confront each other in a concert that will be both as soothing as a cool summer breeze and as exhilarating as a violent windstorm.

Works by Johann Friedrich Fasch, Antonio Lotti, Giovanni Benedetto Platti, Johann Joachim Quantz, Georg Philipp Telemann and Antonio Vivaldi

Alexa Raine-Wright, traverso & recorder
Vincent Lauzer, recorder
Daniel Lanthier, oboe
François Viault, bassoon
Amanda Keesmaat, cello
Mélisande McNabney, harpsichord

Event no 1

" Dress Rehearsal for Bach’s Mass in B minor "

Friday, July 29, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île

Attend a rehearsal of Arion Baroque Orchestra and the Mission Saint-Charles Choir in preparation for their performance of the Mass in B minor by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Second concert

"French Feast"

Friday, July 29, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île

Here, we celebrate love, probably the greatest of all human emotions! Fascinated by the characters in Greek mythology, French Baroque composers tell us through cantatas and arias their most tragic and intoxicating love stories. Cheerful instrumental works complete this colourful program.

The elegance, passion and genius of French composers will be highlighted by five talented artists. This concert also presents the winner of the 2015 Mathieu Duguay Early Music Competition, the young Québécois soprano Odéi Bilodeau.

Works by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jacques Duphly, Jean-Marie Leclair, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair and Jean-Philippe Rameau

Odéi Bilodeau, soprano
Claire Guimond, traverso
Tanya LaPerrière, violin
Beiliang Zhu, viola da gamba
Hank Knox, harpsichord

Event no 2

" Concert/chat with Vincent Lauzer: The Surprising Recorder! " 

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 11:00 a.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île

An intimate and informal event where you will discover the large family of recorders and the repertoire (from Medieval to contemporary) dedicated to the instrument. The artistic director of the Festival wishes to demystify the recorder and present his favorites pieces for the instrument. Come discover how surprising the recorder can be! 

Event no 3

" The Mass in B minor Demystified "

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île

Informal pre-concert lecture about the Mass in B minor by Johann Sebastian Bach.  An event not to be missed  - learn more about this grandiose work by Bach and the preparation by the orchestra and choir to perform the piece in concert, and discover lesser-known but fascinating instruments such as the baroque trumpet, horn and timpani.

Third concert

"Bach’s Mass in B Minor"

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île

The genius of Johann Sebastian Bach expresses itself in this fabulous work, a must-hear of Baroque music. Created by a man who is considered one of the greatest composers of all time, this masterpiece required a colossal effort. The result of over twenty years of work, Bach's poignant and powerful score has been described as an "eternal cathedral of music" and "the greatest musical masterpiece of all time."

For this concert, the Festival is very proud to work with Arion Baroque Orchestra and the Mission Saint-Charles Choir, conducted by maestro Alexander Weimann. Fifty artists will be on stage to present the grandest of closing events!

Les Voix Baroques
Yulia van Doren, soprano
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Laura Pudwell, mezzo-soprano
Krisztina Szabo, mezzo-soprano
Charles Daniels, tenor
Philippe Gagné, tenor
Sumner Thompson, baritone
Christian Immler, baritone

Arion Baroque Orchestra

Mission Saint-Charles Choir

Alexander Weimann, conductor 

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