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Concert: Music from New France and Quebec

Details about the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal concert in Sing Ottawa en choeur, part of Ottawa 2017. A choral celebration of Canada 150. A collaboration between Cantata Singers of Ottawa and Capital Chamber Choir.

Concert: Music from New France and Quebec
Friday, June 23, 2017
7:30 PM

Knox Presbyterian Church

*Admission to this concert is included in the SOEC Festival Pass*

The Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal presents a concert exploring the choral music of New France and Québec. The programme includes the earliest piece of classical music composed in Canada, la Prose de la Sainte-Famille, and the world première of a specially commissioned work by Québec composer Maurice-Gaston Du Berger, a setting of Marc Lescarbot's sonnet describing the explorations of Champlain.

Tickets: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $10 for students, FREE for those under the age of 18.

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Artist Bio

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Praised for its “rich-textured, vibrant sound” and “hypnotic beauty”, the STUDIO DE MUSIQUE ANCIENNE DE MONTREAL has established a reputation as Montréal’s finest early music vocal ensemble. Composed of 10 to 13 singers chosen for the remarkable clarity and purity of their voices, the choiris often accompanied with period instrument to perform Renaissance and Baroque choral masterpieces.

Founded in 1974 by the organist and harpsichordist Christopher Jackson, and today conducted by the Artistic Director Andrew McAnerney, the Studio has brought more than 800 Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces before the public, and continues to reveal and share the vitality, sensuality,  and emotional depth of early music. The ensemble’s concert series is a highlight of Montréal’scultural and ranks as an integral part of the city’s lively baroque scene. Flowering from Montreal’s fertile early music scene in the early 1970s, the Studio was a pioneer ensemble in the North Americanperiod music movement.

The Studio has toured Mexico, France, Spain and Luxembourg and has often appeared at theFestival International de Sarrebourg. Through frequent concert collaborations with many wellknown early music instrumental ensembles—including Skip Sempé’s Capriccio StravaganteRenaissance Orchestra — the Studio has partnered with many renowned artists, such as Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman, Dame Emma Kirkby, Guillemette Laurens, Suzie LeBlanc and Daniel Taylor. The Studio has made 17 widely acclaimed recordings, several of which are on the ATMA label,  including Arvo Pärt/Stabat Mater, which earned the Toronto Star’s CD Pick of the Week, and Rise, O my soul, which Classics Today singled out for the “ardent, deeply-felt expression of the singers”.

The Studio’s CBC recording, Heavenly Spheres, won a Félix (ADISQ) Award, and its Palestrinarecording won the Prix Choc du Monde de la Musique. The Conseil québécois de la musique awarded an Opus Prize to the Studio’s Lagrime di San Pietro recording, and in January 2015, Terra Tremuit has been been nominated Album of the Year at the Juno Awards.

On the eve of its 40th anniversary season, the Studio de musique ancienne was invited to perform a sold out concert at Carnegie Hall.