10/06/2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – The 18th century was the golden age of the flute, characterized by great contributions in Germany, from Frederick II, King of Prussia. Not only did he play the flute even on the battlefield, but Berlin also assembled a phalanx of musicians who appreciated the expressive qualities of this royal instrument. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was […]
13/05/2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Renowned harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï will present diverse and contrasting works by Bach and Handel, on the beautiful Flemish harpsichord from the Bourgie Hall collection. The instrument was made by Keith Hill, to replicate a 1640 Antwerp instrument by Hans Rückers, member of a significant harpsichord-making dynasty. Incomparable music and sound richness guaranteed.
14/04/2022 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Following operas by Handel and Vivaldi, we are pleased to invite you to discover those of additional 18th-century opera composers who were famous in their time. The beauty of the various arias is expressed through different moods, conveying feelings of languor, hope, love, passion, and despair… Julie Boulianne will sing arias by these bel canto […]
09/03/2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – An excursion into the enchanted world of the French harpsichord: aristocratic, dreamy, or well-wrought dances; character pieces; and evocative portraits are reborn under the fingers of the exceptional Franco-Brazilian harpsichordist Bruno Procopio. With intelligence and finesse, he revives the nobility of d’Anglebert, the poetry of Couperin, the verve of Rameau, and the splendour of Forqueray.
25/02/2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – The Italian masters of the 17th century developed the modern string orchestra. Among their creations to highlight all possible textures are the Sinfonia from opera overtures, the Concerto grosso from Corelli, and the Solo concerto from Vivaldi. Bach remains the first great German heir to this new writing. The concert presents two of his harpsichord […]
19/12/2021 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Marie-Josée Lord’s light yet passionate voice will characterize this concert in which joy, contemplation, peace, and exuberance co-exist. Here is her wish for this occasion: “May these shared moments give you a chance to listen to the words of each of the selected songs, be moved by the tones of the majestic organ, and let […]
14/11/2021 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Each with their own styles and respective functions and positions, Bach and his four sons contributed greatly to the development of orchestral music in 18th-century Germany and elsewhere in Europe. Of notable mention: alongside their symphonic works, they also invented the keyboard Concerto. Bach’s eldest sons, Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel, were part of […]
14/10/2021 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Written mainly for keyboard instruments, Fantasias have a long tradition in music history. In 18th-century Germany, they were presented as a type of notated improvisation, similar to the prelude and the toccata. They reveal the genius of the author, evoke the virtuosity of the performer, or create an atmosphere imbued with dramatic surprises…
28/09/2021 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Throughout their training, many singers have drawn from the collections of arie antiche (Italian songs and arias). Also known as “Italian classics,” these arias were published in the 19th and 20th centuries as voice and piano arrangements. Accompanied by period instruments, the great Karina Gauvin will bring these jewels of the Baroque vocal repertoire back […]