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Sunday, October 5, 2014

VivaVoce's 16th Season - from Schütz to Mendelssoh​n to Philippe Leroux, with Peter Schubert's insightful intros

October 3, 2014, Montreal, QC … Montreal’s acclaimed professional choir, VivaVoce, along with its engaging director Peter Schubert, presents an enthralling three-concert season featuring music from the Renaissance to the 21st-Century, showcasing the twelve-voice ensemble’s stunning virtuosity, intensity and “compelling mastery.” (Le Devoir). With this season’s guest artists, the Elmer Iseler Singers and early brass ensemble La Rose des Vents, VivaVoce continues to make each concert a uniquely captivating experience, due in large part to Peter Schubert’s delightful introductions. Schubert’s skill in communicating complex and nuanced ideas (in both English and French) in a way that charms both neophytes and musically astute audiences, continues to be a VivaVoce trademark.

Learn more about VivaVoce in this beautiful new video: Meet VivaVoce.

The season begins with A Friendly Match on Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 pm. This collegial match-up features a combined performance with Toronto’s acclaimed Elmer Iseler Singers, conducted by Lydia Adams. The two choirs join forces to create a glorious sound in rarely-heard double-chorus motets by Mendelssohn, and the goose-bump-eliciting Suma de la Perfección by Canadian composer Peter Togni, a work VivaVoce premiered in 2011.

The holiday season brings Christmas in Dresden, on Sunday, December 21 at 3:00 p.m. VivaVoce celebrates with La Rose des Vents, the early wind ensemble featuring historical trombonist Catherine Motuz and cornettist Matthew Jennejohn. Music for choir and winds by Baroque composers Praetorius, Scheidt, Schein, and Schütz, is combined with traditional Christmas carols arranged by Peter Schubert.

On Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 pm, VivaVoce proclaims the arrival of spring with Sound FX.  Renaissance madrigals by Janequin, Lassus, Tomkins, Jacob Handl feature a riot of acoustical vocal effects – birds, frogs, drums, hunting horns, even lovers’ plaintive sighs. The concert also marks the premiere of a new commissioned work, on the same theme, from Montreal composer Philippe Leroux.

VivaVoce’s recent recordings include a collection of Renaissance motets, Scenes from the Gospels, for the ATMA label. “The richness and beauty of these songs are fully confirmed by the impeccable interpretation of the Montreal ensemble,” said Espace Musique. Also for ATMA Classique was Atacama: Symphony No.3 by Montreal composer Tim Brady, which was nominated for a 2014 Juno Award. VivaVoce’s 2012 performance of the work was nominated for three Opus Prizes, and won the prize for Premiere of the Year.

Peter Schubert’s understanding of choral music is informed by his years of study with legendary pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, conducting study with Helmuth Rilling, and doctoral studies in music theory at Columbia University. A professor at McGill University since 1990, Schubert has given lectures and workshops in the United States, Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands. For a sample of Schubert’s engaging style, view his series of videos demonstrating the art of Renaissance improvisation on his YouTube channel, peterschubertmusic.

Early Bird Special before October 15: $20 - $75
Tickets available at the Schulich School of Music Box Office, in person , online at, or @ 514.398.4547
All Concerts at Redpath Hall, 3461 McTavish Street, McGill University, Montreal

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