November 25, 2014 at Bourgie Hall as part of the Montreal Bach Festival

Under the artistic direction of Maestro Boris Brott, the McGill Chamber Orchestra (MCO) will launch its 2014-2015 season on November 25 at 7:30 pm. with Bach’s Keyboards. Presented at Bourgie Hall as part of the Montreal Bach Festival, this concert offers the unique opportunity to see and hear four harpsichordists together on the same stage.

Montreal’s best harpsichordists will be joining the MCO: Luc Beauséjour, Mark Edwards, Hank Knox and Rona Nadler. The program presents the master of Baroque music Johann Sebastian Bach’s three concertos for two harpsichords, two concertos for three harpsichords as well as the concerto for four harpsichords. A pre-concert discussion hosted by Boris Brott, who was made an Officer of the Order of Quebec in June of 2014, will take place at 6:30 pm.

Luc Beauséjour
Harpsichordist, organist and Clavecin en Concert Artistic Director, Luc Beauséjour is renowned for the virtuosity and expressiveness of his playing which has won him an enthusiastic audience and continuing praise. Throughout his career, he has received several awards. He has performed in France, the United States, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Belgium and Bermuda. Luc Beauséjour has recorded over 20 albums and has teamed up with several eminent musicians. He won the 2001 “Record of the Year” in the classical category for soloist and small ensemble Félix (ADISQ) for his album Famous Works for Harpsichord.

Mark Edwards
Harpsichordist and organist Mark Edwards has given recitals in numerous festivals. In 2012, he won first prize in the Musica Antiqua Bruges International Harpsichord Competition. Passagi, his first album with recorder player Vincent Lauzer was nominated this year for an ADISQ award. He has recently finished recording his début solo album Orpheus Descending. Winner of numerous awards, he studied at the Eastman School of Music, McGill University and the Hochschule Für Musik Freiburg. He is currently a PhD student at Leiden University and the Orpheus Instituut in Ghent.

Hank Knox
Hailed for his colourful, kinetic performances, Hank Knox performs in concert halls, churches, museums, galleries and private residences all around the world. A founding member of the Arion Baroque Orchestra, he has toured Europe, Japan, North and South America. He has performed and recorded with Tafelmusik, Les Violons du Roy and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. His latest recording, a recital of works by Bach, was released in 2013. Hank Knox is a professor at McGill University, where he is also musical director of the McGill Baroque Orchestra.

Rona Nadler
Rona Nadler enjoys a very fruitful career on Montréal’s musical scene as a harpsichordist, pianist and singer. She has performed with various music ensembles, such as Les Voix Baroques and La Rose des Vents. She is a founding member of the vocal ensemble One Equall Musick. Trained in Early Music Performance, she regularly works as a baroque opera coach at McGill University where she also teaches courses in continuo and keyboard musicianship. As a continuo player, she has performed with Ensemble Per Sonare and the Orford Festival Orchestra.

The concert will take place on November 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Bourgie Hall, as part of the Montreal Bach Festival. Ticket prices range from $14 to $53.50. To purchase your tickets call 514-285-2000, ext. 4.

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