Les Idées heureuses 

Chaconne and chocolate: Italian delights

Carte blanche to Dorothéa Ventura

Following the success of its first edition, the Chaconne and Chocolate concert plunges us once again into the captivating universe of chaconne, but this time in 17th century Italy. For several centuries, the chaconne remained most popular and fascinated many through the simplicity of its composition. A bass motif repeats continuously throughout the performance, in an almost hypnotic way, on which one or more voices come to rest and thus come to blossom, discourse or improvised. In Italy, the chaconne is marked by the virtuosity of these superior voices.

Amplifying this musical into offering so many expressive possibilities, the concert Chaconne and Chocolate: Italian delights offers a suite of vocal and instrumental chaconnes, grouped by theme, giving way to the overflowing creativity and virtuosity of the performers… an evening of pure pleasure!

But why chocolate? Anyone who has tasted the chaconne knows the difficulty of bringing it to an end, similar to melting chocolate. Little chocolate delights will follow the magic performance, to prolong the concert experience.

Ariadne Lih, soprano
Janelle Lucyk, soprano
Kerry Bursey, tenor, theorbo
Tanya LaPerrière, violin
Vincent Lauzer, recorder
Antoine Malette-Chénier, triple harp
Camille Paquette-Roy, cello
Matthias Soly-Letarte, percussion
Dorothéa Ventura, soprano, harpsichord continuo, musical direction

Multitalented artist Dorothéa Ventura is very active on the Quebec artistic scene. Harpsichordist, singer, choral director, dancer and actor, she has worked with the most prestigious ensembles in Quebec, Canada and Europe. She is also the co-founder of Ensemble ALKEMIA and Sonate 1704. She directs Choeur Opus Novum, is a member of the artistic committee of La Nef, and teaches harpsichord at the Cégep de Trois-Rivières. As vocal coach at the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, she has acted as assistant to conductors Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Hervé Niquet and Andrew Parrott in various opera productions. Trained in classical, modern and baroque dance, she has been a member of the company Les Jardins chorégraphiques since 2009. Dorothéa has also acted in several short films and plays, including 150 performances of La mélodie du bonheur from 2010 to 2015, directed by Denise Filiatrault.

Vocal and instrumental works by
Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643)
Stefano LANDI (1587-1639)
Barbara STROZZI (1619-1677)
Giovanni Felice SANCES (1600-1679)
Giovanni LEGRENZI (1626-1690)
Tarquino MERULA (1595-1665)
Luigi ROSSI (1597-1653)
Nicola MATTEIS (1650 – 1700)
Francesco CAVALLI (1602-1676)

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 7:30pm
To purchase your tickets visit: www.mbam.qc.ca/en/bourgie-hall/

Related Posts