St. Lawrence Choir 50th Anniversary Concert


The St. Lawrence Choir celebrates its 50th season with the presentation of Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang. Composed in 1840, the work for soloists, choir and orchestra, is a Symphony-Cantata in 11 movements, a Hymn of Praise! The concert also features Brahms’s Schicksalslied (1871), a choral and symphonic setting of a poem by Hölderlin.

The St. Lawrence Choir was founded in 1972 by conductor Iwan Edwards, Member of the Order of Canada. In its early days, before moving to the heart of Montreal, the mixed-voice ensemble focused its activities in Lachine not far from the river that inspired its name.

The St. Lawrence Choir is a large, multigenerational and bilingual family, where founding members and young emerging artists rub shoulders contributing to the excellence of the ensemble through their respective experiences and strengths. For nearly 25 years the Choir performed regularly with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO) as the main component of the MSO choir, participating in numerous concerts and recordings, most notably at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York. The choir is particularly proud to collaborate with many Quebec and Canadian composers, including Patrick Wedd, Gilles Tremblay, Alain Gagnon, Mark Sirett, Petros Shoujounian, and Larysa Kuzmenko.

Since 2014, the St. Lawrence Choir has been conducted by Philippe Bourque, a dynamic and charismatic leader. Since his arrival Maestro Bourque has been committed to diversifying the Choir’s activities and encouraging the next generation of choral music while pursuing the ensemble’s main mission: to promote oratorio and major choral works in the metropolitan area.

The St. Lawrence Choir also maintains a fruitful relationship with several renowned ensembles with which it collaborates regularly including Les Boréades de Montréal, the Ottawa Choral Society, the Vanier College Choir, and the McGill University Concert Choir. In past seasons the St. Lawrence Choir has shared the stage with several celebrated soloists including Hélène Brunet, Marianne Fiset, Aline Kutan, Marianne Lambert, Benjamin Butterfield, Michael Colvin, John MacMaster, James Westman, and many others.

St. Lawrence Choir
Marianne Fiset, soprano
Ellen Wieser,
Benjamin Butterfield, tenor
McGill University Concert Choir, Guest choir
St. Lawrence Choir Orchestra
Philippe Bourque, conductor

Maison Symphonique
Friday, April 1, 2022 at 7:30pm
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