The 14th Montreal Baroque Festival


Quebecers cope bravely with the whims of Mother Nature. To celebrate this spirit, the 14th Montreal Baroque Festival will present a torrent of colorful musical passions, flooding the metropolis with cataclysmic musical tempests and a storm of ideas both mundane and magical.

For four days, come lightning or thunder, a Tempest in a Teapot will inundate the McGill Campus, Old Montreal and Philips Square with the music of Purcell, Bach, Boismortier, etc, interspersed with a few rays of sunshine to blush the horizon before the hurricane hits! Button up and hold on to your umbrella!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Baroque Festival

Métis Fiddler Quartet

Free outdoor concert
Métis Fiddler Quartet
Come enjoy some great music while having lunch in the lovely park of the Square Phillips (Sainte-Catherine/Union).
June 23rd, Noon

Musical Marathon “Canon Blast”
Amateur and profesional musicians
Once again, the Festival organizes a musical marathon for amateur and professional musicians to have fun performing all sorts of canons! Whatever the instrument you play, come join us!
Square Phillips
June 23rd, 3pm to 6pm

Work and Play in The Tempest
Conference presented by IPLAI (Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas)  Michael Bristol, Shakespeare’s specialist
Conference in English.
Redpath Museum
June 23rd, 5pm

Prospero’s Tempest
Bande Montréal Baroque, Lina Tur Bonet, Passiflore, Flûte Alors!, Pallade Musica, Paul Hopkins (actor), Jean Asselin (stage director), Hélène Brunet (soprano), Michael Taylor (countertenor), Philippe Gagné (tenor), Clayton Kennedy (bass).
Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with Prospero’s philosophic end-of-life tempest, music by Purcell and friends.
Redpath Hall
June 23rd, 7pm

Fugal Tornado
Les Voix Humaines: Susie Napper & Margaret Little. Instruments of Happiness: Tim Brady, Marc-Olivier Lamontagne, Jonathan Barriault, Antoine Berthiaume.
Bach’s Art of Fugue revisited as a tornado of novel sounds from electric guitars and electrifying viols!
Redpath Hall
June 23rd, 9pm

Friday, June 24, 2016

Breakfast Banter
Gilles Cantagrel, Bach scholar (France)
Come have breakfast with Mr. Cantagrel and discuss Bach’s life and works.
Café Tasse & Coupe
June 24th, 9am

Baroque Festival

Odéi Bilodeau

Impetuous lover, Turbulent love
Odéi Bilodeau (soprano), Martin Robidoux (harpsichord)
A recital featuring Odéi Bilodeau, winner of the Mathieu-Duguay Competition of the International Early Music Festival in Lamèque (New Brunswick).
Salle de la Commune, Marché Bonsecours
June 24th, 11am

Free outdoor concerts
Métis Fiddler Quartet at Noon at the Square Phillips
Vocal ensemble Tactus at 4pm at Place d”Armes.
June 24th, Noon and 4pm

Tumultuous Bach 1
Lina Tur Bonet, Baroque violin (Spain) Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Eric Milnes, harpsichord.
The complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by JS Bach: Sonata in G minor BVW 1001 and Partita in B minor BWV 1002.
Salle de la Commune, Marché Bonsecours
June 24th, 2pm

Baroque Festival


Torrent of tears!
Jacinthe Thibault (soprano) and Ensemble Sonate 1704
Jacinthe Thibault joins Sonate 1704 for a tumultuous exploration of the musical worlds of 18th century French composers Clérambault, Montéclair and Rebel.
Salle de la Commune, Marché Bonsecours
June 24th, 5pm

Hail! the Gigantic Gigue!
Ensemble Caprice and the Métis Fiddler Quartet
A devilishly delicious evening of musical blends redefining the past while looking forward into the future! Baroque, metis and contemporary musics all together!
Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours June 24th, 7pm

Baroque and folk party
For the evening of the “St-Jean”, a explosive party where Baroque and folk meet, young and professional musicians play and improvise until the end of the night!
Festival’s artists and musicians of the next generation
Café Tasse & Coupe
June 24th, 10pm

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Baroque Festival

Jean-François Bélanger

Scandinavian gust!
Jean-François Bélanger, nyckelharpa
The nyckelharpa is Swedish bowed instrument who was invented more than 700 years ago. The instrumentalist uses wooden keys to obtain different pitches while sympathetic strings allow the instrument to sound louder.
Redpath Museum
June 25th, 11am

Free outdoor concerts
Noon: Rendez-vous baroque français
1:30pm: Daniel Zuluaga, Baroque guitar
3pm: ensemble Infusion Baroque (duo flute & violin)
4:30pm: ensemble La Cigale
Square Phillips
June 25th, Noon to 6pm

Weather Alert!
Vincent Lauzer, recorder
This concert presents new works for recorder by young Quebec composers where the influence of Baroque music is noticeable. Early music themes, melodies, forms and concepts are getting revisited, reinvented, disrupted, or even deconstructed.
Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University
June 25th, 2pm

Concerts noncerto® present: Los rafales de vento!
David Jacques (guitar) and Ziya Tabassian (percussions)
Carried by a desire of freedom, this concert is the reunion of two musician friends through rasguedos, campanellas, variations and improvisations. They will travel through music inspired by Spain, the Mediterranean, including African and Native-American influences.
Redpath Museum
June 25th, 4pm

The Widow Rebel
Le Nouvel Opéra
New France, 1747: Pursued by the Opera de Paris and the Comédie-Francaise, the Widow Rebel escaped to the New World where she opened a small market theatre catering to the more irreverent of her community. With her outrageous comedians, she made a point of ridiculing the Paris theatre and ballet with satirical comedy and grotesque dances!
Redpath Hall
June 25th, 7pm

Tumultuous Bach 2
Lina Tur Bonet, Baroque violin (Spain) Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Eric Milnes, harpsichord.
The complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by JS Bach: Sonata in a minor BVW 1003 and Partita in D minor BWV 1004.
Redpath Hall
June 25th, 9pm

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Tempest in a percolator!
A VIP event for only 40 guests. Reserve your tickets now! Join the Queen and Mr. Bach at the harpsichord for a gastronomic breakfast featuring several exquisite, musico-epicurean surprises ! $100 per person. Many surprises will be served!
The location will be kept secret until later…
June 26th, 9am

Heavenly Bach: Thunder and lightning!
Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba (Italy)
Renowned Italian gambists, Paulo Pandolfo, will storm Montreal with his audacious, debut recital in the city. This performance of Bach cello suites will cause a tumult of thunder and lightening amongst cellists furious that a viol has stolen their music!
Lobby of the arts building, McGill University
June 26th, 11am

Free outdoor concerts
Noon: Passiflore, violin trio
1:30: Jennifer Thiessen, viola d’amore
3pm: ensemble La Cigale, duo harpe & theorbo
4:30: ensemble Le Petit Rien, French music
Square Phillips
June 26th, Noon to 6pm

Cold front, hot front: the Bach familly meets
Ensemble Alkemia and Gilles Cantagrel, musicologist.
Everyone is invited to come to a party thrown by various members of the large Bach family! These Bach family gatherings are very amusing – clan members tell brilliant stories and you’ll hear family anecdotes you’ve never heard before! Who knows: you might even be asked to sing by J.S. himself! Ensemble Alkemia and Gilles Cantagrel will M.C. the event!
Lobby of the McGill arts building
June 26th, 2pm

Music of fire and water by Bach, Handel and Scarlatti
Out of Series Concert
Vincent Boucher, organ
D. Scarlatti: sonatas for keyboard (arrangments for organ), G. F. Handel: Water Music and other transcriptions for organ; J. S. Bach: choral An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653 and Toccata and fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Oratoire Saint-Joseph
June 26th, 3:30pm

Baroque Festival

Lina Tur Bonet

Tumultuous Bach 3
Lina Tur Bonet, Baroque violon (Spain) Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Eric Milnes, harpsichord.
The complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by JS Bach: Sonata in C major BVW 1005 and Partita in E major BWV 1006.
Lobby of the arts building, McGill University
June 26th, 4pm

Tempest of ideas: The Reformation according to JS
Bande Montréal Baroque conducted by Eric Milnes. Hélène Brunet (soprano), Michael Taylor (countertenor), Philippe Gagné (tenor), Jesse Blumberg (bass).
Cantatas BWV 76, 79 and 80.
Redpath Hall
June 26th, 7pm

A last tempest, but not the least…
All the festival goers and artists!
Concluding the 14th edition, one last evening of breezy musical encounters until the next festival…
Café Tasse & Coupe
June 26th, 9pm

Tickets and information: or 514-845-7171 ext. 1

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