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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The 8th edition of Montreal Bach Festival is unveiled

From November 23 to December 7, 2014, as winter comes, the great  Johann Sebastian Bach and his music will set Montreal ablaze.

Founder and artistic director of Montreal Bach Festival, Alexandra Scheibler, her team, and their partners are happy and proud to reveal today the details of the much-awaited 8th edition that is to be held this upcoming Fall.

Throughout its existence, Montreal Bach Festival has earned an envious reputation that now draws into the city great ensembles from around the world. This year’s festival will once again showcase a rich and varied series of events, including Night of Choirs, a prelude concert on November 15 hosted by Espace Musique’s Mario Paquet, the baroque recital of Avi Avital (mandolin) and Shalev Ad-El (harpsichord), two world-acclaimed Israeli musicians who will bring these two instruments together for a rare and unexpected concert on December 1. Germany’s Freiburger Borockorchester will give the 2014 opening concert, at Maison symphonique on November 23. L’OSM, the Festival’s official symphonic partner, under the direction of iconic conductor Masaaki Suzuki, will in turn offer the closing event on December 7.

By delighting music enthusiasts and neophytes alike, Montreal Bach Festival has become in just a few years an anticipated event. One that lights up the grey urban Fall sky with beautiful classical and baroque notes.

“(...) Festival Bach, an event that has rapidly become a must in Montreal’s Fall season. Through its clear and perfectly balanced profile, it showcases both international stars and national talents.” Christophe Huss, Le Devoir, 2013

Prelude – Night of Choirs
Saturday, November 15th 2014 – The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul M.C: Mario Paquet (Espace Musique) And special guests

Due to last year’s resounding success, the Night of the Choirs is back, this time in prominent position as the Prelude to the Festival. Once again, Montreal’s leading amateur choirs will take turns on the podium at St. Andrew and St. Paul’s to entertain and charm you with their joyful singing. The admission is free and our delicious Glühwein will be available at the back of the church.

Opening concert – Freiburger Barochester (Germany) Sunday, November 23th 2014 – Maison symphonique

Our opening concert this year features one of the most respected early-music chamber ensembles internationally, the Freiburger Barockorchester. In true period-performance fashion, these remarkable musicians are led by their concertmaster Gottfried von der Goltz.

Pentaèdre and Mathieu Gautier, pianist
Monday, November 24th 2014 – Redpath Hall

Taking part in the Bach Festival for the first time, the renowned Montreal wind quintet Pentaèdre will première a new work by Éric Champagne, Hommage à Bach.

Jean-Willy Kunz, organist
Wednesday, November 26th 2014 - Église Immaculée-Conception

The up-and-coming young organist Jean-Willy Kunz was named the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s first organist in residence in 2013.

Concerto Melante, Prof. Dr. Christoph Wolf
Thursday, November 27th 2014 – Bourgie Hall

Members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and guests will offer - together with the eminent Bach expert Prof. Dr. Christoph Wolff -, Concerto Melante (the name is an amusing anagram of “Telemann”), a rendition of Bach’s ever-popular Musical Offering. A truly special performance not to be missed!

I Musici di Roma
Sunday, November 30 2014 – The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul

With more than sixty years on stage, this acclaimed ensemble has sold over 25 million records of their rendering of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Daniel Taylor and the Theatre of Early Music – The Coronation of King George II Tuesday, December 2  2014 - The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul

This talented ensemble that often revisits forgotten masterpieces interprets this fascinating historical reconstitution.

Les Violons du Roy – The Messiah
Friday, December 5 2014 – Maison symphonique

A masterpiece with Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec

St. Lawrence Choir and the Montreal Bach Festival Orchestra - Christmas Oratorio
Friday, December 6, 2014 – Église Saint-Jean Baptiste

The six cantatas of Bach’s acclaimed oratorio will be played under the direction of Philippe Bourque, in two consecutive concerts. The audience will benefit from a two-hour intermission between the performances to rest and eat dinner nearby. Choir and orchestra join soprano Shannon Mercer, tenor Nils Brown and evangelist Philippe Gagné.

Closing concert
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal – Masaaki Suzuki
December 3, 4 & 7, 2014– Maison symphonique

Since the foundation of Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Masaaki Suzuki has become a key reference for Bach’s works. As The Times said, “it would take an iron bar not to be moved by his crispness, sobriety and spiritual vigor.”


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