St. Lawrence Choir presents


The St. Lawrence Choir invites you to a wonderful concert: Psalmae. The three works to be performed include texts inspiring the listener with personal comfort and hope. 

Psalm 121 by Canadian composer Imant Raminsh sets to music a well-known religious text: from beginning to end, the One who watches over us never sleeps. This is followed by Zoltán Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus on the 100th anniversary of its composition, with Canadian tenor Ian Cleary, making his debut with the St. Lawrence Choir, as the psalmist and his people represented by the choristers. Finally, the Choir will perform Max Reger’s Psalm 100, a rarely heard choral symphony marked by festive harmonies and moments of immense beauty.

An opportunity not to be missed!

St. Lawrence Choir and the St. Lawrence Choir Orchestra (Director: Philippe Bourque )

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.

Senior Choir from EMSB (Patricia Abbott, director)
Ian Cleary, tenor

Canadian tenor Ian Cleary began his musical studies while growing up in Chatham, Ontario, and is a Graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University where he studied with Kimberly Barber. Ian received an Opera Diploma from the University of British Columbia under the vocal instruction of J. Patrick Raftery and sang principal roles in several UBC Opera productions, including Kevin Puts’ Silent Night, Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Passenger, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Ian sang the role of Hoffmann in their production of Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann.

While a member of Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program, in 2021/22, Ian sang the role of Ivan in The Music Shop (Wargo) and Walther in Blond Eckbert, (Weir) digital productions created during the pandemic. Ian understudied Turiddu in Vancouver Opera’s concert performance of Cavalleria Rusticana and covered the role of Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore. He debuted with Vancouver Bach Choir as tenor soloist in Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle; Leslie Dala, conductor.

Maison symphonique
Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 7:30pm

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