Bourgie Hall presents

Les Idées heureuses – Passiontide Concert

The first of six concerts, which over the years will present Christoph Graupner’s complete cycle of nineteen cantatas composed for Good Friday.

Geneviève Soly, organ and conductor

A key figure in baroque music in Quebec, Geneviève Soly is known for her talents as a musician – as a musical performer on the organ and harpsichord; as a musicologist, associated with the rediscovery of the music of Christoph Graupner; as a pedagogue and sought-after speaker and lecturer; as an arts administrator sitting on various advisory committees; and director of Les Idées heureuses for nearly 30 years.

Born into the Lagacé family, a large family of renowned Québécois musicians, Geneviève knew she would be a performer from the age of 9, when she listened to a  Sviatoslav Richter recording of Robert Schumann’s Fantasie Stücke. Schumann remains to this day one of the composers dearest to her heart.

Odéi Bilodeau, soprano
William Duffy, countertenor
Arthur Tanguay-Labrosse, tenor
Dion Mazerolle, baritone

Christoph GRAUPNER
Three cantatas for Good Friday
O Schmerz, o Leid, o Traurigkeit
[O anguish, O sorrow, O sadness], GWV 1127/14
Christus hat uns erlöset
[Christ has delivered us], GWV 1127/18
O Welt, sieh hier dein Leben
[O world, behold your life here], GWV 1127/19

Friday, April 7, 2023 at 3:00pm
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