Bourgie Hall presents

Les Idées heureuses – Passiontide Concert

An historical reconstruction of the music that was likely heard in Ville-Marie during Holy Week, with special focus on three prominent figures of 17th-century Montreal: Jeanne Mance, Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, and François de Vachon de Belmont.

Ensemble Scholastica (3 women’s voices)

Ensemble Scholastica is Quebec’s only women’s vocal ensemble that specializes in medieval music and the sacred music of New France. Its nine talented singers and singer-instrumentalists are directed by leading medieval music specialist Rebecca Bain.

Rebecca Bain, director

Rebecca studied at McGill University before heading to Switzerland to study at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where she obtained a Master’s degree in medieval music performance. She was co-founder and co-director of two international ensembles for medieval music, Belladonna and the vocal ensemble Zorgina, with which she toured extensively in Europe and North America. Rebecca has sung principle roles in theatre projects with several renowned medieval music ensembles, including Ensemble Sequentia (Germany) and Ensemble Gilles Binchois (France). She has also participated in over a dozen recordings and given many workshops and courses on singing and medieval music.

After 13 years in Europe, Rebecca returned to Canada in 2004. She has participated in projects with such groups as The Toronto Consort, Constantinople and Mandragore, and taught courses on medieval culture at Marianopolis College in Montreal. As well as directing Ensemble Scholastica, she is cur-rently one of the directors of Les Reverdies de Montréal, which hosts the annual “Medieval Music Days.”

Deus Ex Machina (3 men’s voices)

Alain Vadeboncoeur, director

Alain Vadeboncoeur studied music with Les Petits Chanteurs de Trois-Rivieres, as well as composition and music history at McGill University. He developed an expertise in choral direction with Les Petits Chanteurs, becoming their adjunct director, then in Quebec and Montreal as director of at least 20 different choral ensembles. Particularly interested in sacred chant as well as early music, Alain has participated as singer and artistic director on various projects in connection with this repertoire, notably with the Schola St-Grégoire, the female vocal ensemble Virga, and the trio Deus ex Machina. His collaboration with the Festival du Monde Arabe, was as musical director for “God in 3D”, a production uniting on a single stage, performances of Jewish, Muslim and Christian music. Alain is a founding member of Les Reverdies de Montréal.

Sylvain Bergeron, lute

Considered “a supremely refined, elegant and cerebral musician” (Ottawa Citizen), Sylvain Bergeron is a master of the lute and family of plucked instruments, including the theorbo, archiluth and baroque guitar. He is in great demand on the North American music scene as a soloist and continuist. He is one of the pioneers of early music in Canada and has helped establish the lute as a viable instrument at the highest level of professionalism. His work has confirmed the importance of plucked instruments and helped validate their place in Baroque ensembles and orchestras in Canada. He has taught lute at McGill University and the Université de Montréal since 1992.

Alexandre Belser, serpent

Geneviève Soly, artistic director, musicological research, commentary, and organ

Geneviève Soly is one of the central figures of baroque music in Quebec. She is well-known for her many talents: as a musical performer on the organ and harpsichord; as a musicologist for her major contribution to the rediscovery of Christoph Graupner; as a pedagogue and sought-after speaker and lecturer; and as an arts administrator who has been directing Les Idées heureuses for nearly 30 years. She is an Adjunct Professor of musicology at the Université de Montréal and sits on several arts sector advisory councils.

Nicolas VALLET Plainchant in Latin and in Iroquoian and Algonquian language, Psalm 22 for lute
Henry Du MONT Airs spirituels in four parts

Friday, April 15, 2022 at 3:00pm
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