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2017 CONCERTS AND EVENTS

Mathieu Duguay Early Music Competition

Concert: First Round
Recitals by the finalists

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 2 p.m.
Notre-Dame- des-Flots Church, Lamèque

Back for a third edition, the Mathieu Duguay Early Music Competition aims to encourage young musicians and the development of new talent in the field of early music. Now presented in two rounds, the competition gives music lovers the chance to discover the range of talent of the three finalists. For this first round, each finalist will present a short vocal or instrumental recital with basso continuo: a golden opportunity to discover young talent in an intimate setting.

The three finalists of the Mathieu Duguay Early Music Competition

Myriam Leblanc, soprano
Antoine Malette-Chénier, harp
Catherine St-Arnaud, soprano

Hank Knox, harpsichord
Amanda Keesmaat, cello

 

Concert : «Partons la mer est belle »

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île

The early explorers came to Canada by sea, and this region has been influenced in many ways by the bodies of water surrounding it. Even today, the sea is an integral part of life in Acadia. The sea and its storms inspired several key composers of the Baroque period to write Water Music suites and numerous opera arias. This concert will also feature the world premiere of Acadian composer Frédéric Chiasson’s arrangements of Acadian folk songs for soprano and baroque
orchestra.

Works by Georg Friedrich Händel, Georg Philipp Telemann, Antonio Vivaldi and Acadian folk songs

Pascale Beaudin, soprano
Ensemble Caprice
Matthias Maute, conductor

 

Intimate Concert: The Enchanting Viola d’Amore

Friday, July 28, 2017, 3 p.m.
Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Church, Miscou

A wonderful, intimate event where you will discover the charm of the viola d'amore. Jennifer Thiessen and harpsichordist Mélisande McNabney will demonstrate the versatility of this virtually unknown instrument in a program spanning various styles and eras. These two musicians are sure to take you on an enchanting musical journey!

Works by Attilio Ariosti, Joseph Huberty, Matthias Maute, Christian Petzold, Carl Joseph Toeschi


Jennifer Thiessen,
viola d’amore
Mélisande McNabney
,
harpsichord

 

Mathieu Duguay Early Music Competition

Concert: Final Round

Friday, July 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île

This evening’s concert is the second and final round of the Mathieu Duguay Early Music Competition. The three finalists will showcase their talent and mastery with their interpretation of their chosen concerto or vocal selection with baroque orchestra. They will be accompanied by the Mission Saint-Charles Orchestra, under the direction of Hank Knox. More than $6,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winners and the audience will have the chance to vote for their favourite finalist.

The three finalists of the Mathieu Duguay Early Music Competition

Myriam Leblanc, soprano
Antoine Malette-Chénier, harp
Catherine St-Arnaud, soprano

Mission Saint-Charles Orchestra
Hank Knox : harpsichord and Music Director

 

Harpsichord Recital: Scarlatti and Friends

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 11 a.m.
Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Church, Miscou

During the baroque period, the harpsichord was king! Many composers devoted much of their work to it, most notably Domenico Scarlatti, who wrote 555 sonatas for the instrument. In this concert, harpsichordist Hank Knox explores the work of Scarlatti and his contemporaries.

Works by Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean-Philippe Rameau and others

Hank Knox : harpsichord

 

Pre-Concert Lecture – Monteverdi’s Vespers

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 3 p.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île

Free admission

A pre-concert lecture discussing the Vespers of the Blessed Virgin by Claudio Monteverdi. This is a must-see event where you will learn more about this important work of the Baroque era, as well as its artistic challenges from both the orchestral and choral perspective. You will also discover the cornetto and the sackbut, two fascinating and rare instruments.

 

 

Concert: Monteverdi’s Vespers for the Blessed Virgin

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île

The Vespers for the Blessed Virgin is, undoubtedly, one of the most important choral works in the history of music. Claudio Monteverdi’s music draws inspiration from the practices of the Renaissance, but also uses musical language that was definitely new at the time. It is an emblematic work from the very beginning of the Baroque period. Over 40 artists will bring to life this complex and impressive work, offering a concert filled with rich and varied colours.

Andréanne Brisson-Paquin, soprano
Rebecca Dowd Lekx, soprano
Nicholas Burns, countertenor
Nils Brown, tenor
Arthur Tanguay-Labrosse, tenor
David Menzies, tenor
Clayton Kennedy, bariton
John Giffen, baritone

Ensemble Caprice
Matthias Maute, conductor  

Mission Saint-Charles Choir
Pierre Lavoie, director

2017 Visual signature - Luc A. Charette
NEWS
The count down is on!
With six concerts, many special events and nearly 40 invited artists, the 42nd season of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival will take place in a month, from July 27 - 29, 2017.

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