Friday, March 8, 2024 - 19:30
Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 16:00
Sunday, March 10, 2024 - 14:30
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This concert proposes to (re)discover two contrasting Masses heard in France during the reigns of Louis XVI and of Napoleon. Composed by Mozart in 1791 on his deathbed at the behest of a mysterious character, his Requiem was triumphantly performed in Paris for the first time in 1804 in a slightly modified version conducted by Luigi Cherubini. To open our concert, we will perform the latter’s Marche funèbre (Funeral March) of 1820 for large orchestra, reminiscent in its dramatic weight of his colleague François-Joseph Gossec’s Marche lugubre for wind band and percussion composed thirty years earlier, which we will also perform. François Giroust, the last representative of the French grand motet, as you will hear in his moving Super flumina Babylonis of 1768, was commissioned to compose the music of the coronation mass for Louis XVI in 1775 at Reims Cathedral.


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Concert program

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Requiem (Paris version)

François Giroust (1737-1799)

Super flumina Babylonis

Messe pour le sacre de Louis XVI

Guest Artist(s)

Mathieu Lussier

Mathieu Lussier

Artistic Director of Arion Baroque Orchestra since June 2019, and recently appointed Artistic Director of Domaine Forget de Charlevoix, Mathieu Lussier has energetically and passionately promoted the modern and baroque bassoon as solo instruments for...

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Florie Valiquette

Florie Valiquette

After being artist-in-residence at the Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal, and joining the Studio then the Ensemble of the Opernhaus Zürich, Florie Valiquette is leading an international career.   She performs on prestigious stages such...

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Sophie Naubert

Sophie Naubert

Sophie Naubert is a young soprano noted for her "extraordinary vocal maturity coupled with exceptional acting skills" (Louis Bilodeau, L'Opéra). At the age of 23, she made her debut as a soloist with the Orchestre Métropolitain under the directio...

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Nicholas Scott

Nicholas Scott

British Tenor Nicholas Scott has been raised for his ‘sonorous timbre’ and ‘remarkable diction’, (Olyrix Le Stagioni: une saison d’hiver à Semur-en-Auxois 2018) Despite Covid, Nicholas has had a very busy season recording several projects...

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Alexander Dobson

Alexander Dobson

Recognized for his "ringing, present sound" and "rich, flexible, baritone", British-Canadian Alexander Dobson has been praised for his musicality and dramatic awareness on both opera and concert stages.  Some roles include the title roles in Woz...

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Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal

Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal

Praised for its “rich-textured, vibrant sound” and “hypnotic beauty”, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM) has established a reputation as Canada’s finest early music vocal ensemble. Directed by Andrew McAnerney since 2015, SM...

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