Classical and romantic music for a cappella choir
Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Bruckner

Ensemble ArtChoral invites music lovers to a celebration of choral singing. The twenty professional singers, led by Matthias Maute, offer a unique compilation of the most beautiful pages of the repertoire, such as the famous Ave verum corpus by Mozart. The title of this feast of choral music alludes to the visionary Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, which was arranged for choir and piano in the 19th century. This performance will also feature 100 singers from 5 different choirs for two spectacular pieces. Immerse yourself into a night of serenity with a cappella music.

Matthias Maute, conductor

Two-time Juno Award–winning conductor, composer, and recorder and flute soloist Matthias Maute has achieved an international reputation. He was named artistic director of the Bach Society of Minnesota in 2016 and of the professional choir Ensemble vocal Arts-Québec in 2019. Impressed by his artistic approach, The New York Times described the orchestra he conducts in Montréal, Ensemble Caprice, as being “an ensemble that encourages the listener to rehear the world.”

Maute’s recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos juxtaposed with Maute’s own arrangements of Preludes from Shostakovich’s Op. 87 was hailed by The New Yorker’s Alex Ross as standing out “for its fleet, characterful approach” and “its fresh, vibrant colors.”

Matthias is the artistic director of the Art Choral project, featuring the history of choral singing from the 16th century to today on 12 albums, 12 concert videos and 120 videoclips.

Meagan Milatz, piano

Canadian pianist Meagan Milatz is quickly emerging as one of the most sought-after collaborative artists in the country. She regularly shares the stage with top international musicians including Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra; Stefan Dohr, Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmonic; and cellist Matt Haimovitz with whom she was featured in two concerts in 2021 for the Ladies Morning Musical Club series in Montreal. Her chamber music experiences are far-reaching, with highlights from 2022 including performances with Cho-Liang Lin, Peter Hanson, Mark Fewer, Pablo Hernán Benedí, Steven Dann, and tubist Øystein Baadsvik, among others. In May 2022, she appeared in concert in Spain with Kai Gleusteen, concertmaster of the Orchestra del Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, and for the 2021/22 season she was named pianist of Trio Fibonacci, a long-standing Montreal-based trio internationally recognized for its interpretations of the entire piano trio repertoire.

Her duo “meagan&amy” with violinist Amy Hillis launched onto the scene with their debut album Roots in 2019 before embarking on a 50-concert, Canada-wide tour as winners of the first-ever Pan-Canadian Partnership Recital Tour offered by Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Debut Atlantic, and Prairie Debut. Meagan’s collaborative performances are regularly broadcast on CBC/Radio-Canada.

Chosen as one of CBC’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30,” Meagan has appeared as a soloist alongside orchestras such as the Edmonton, Regina, Sherbrooke, and McGill Symphonies. She was top prize winner in the Shean Piano Competition, CFMTA National Piano Competition, and Canadian Music Competition as well as a recipient of a Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award. She is also grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Meagan began her studies in Saskatchewan with Cherith Alexander and holds a Master’s degree from McGill University studying piano with Ilya Poletaev and fortepiano with Tom Beghin. She has also studied collaborative repertoire under the tutelage of Philip Chiu. Enthusiastic about helping the next generation of young musicians, she has been on faculty as a collaborative pianist at Domaine Forget and frequently coaches students at McGill.

Maison symphonique
Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 7:30pm

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