Bourgie Hall presents

Ligeti Festival

To mark the centenary of his birth, the Ligeti Festival pays homage to celebrated Hungarian composer György Ligeti (1923-2006), whose catalogue figures among the most original of the 20th century. During this two-day event, joined by leading experts and outstanding performers, discover Ligeti’s creative world, from his youthful forays into composition inspired by Hungarian folk traditions through to the radical experimentations of his later years.


Using the kaleidoscope metaphor, musicologist and professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Benjamin Levy discusses the complex cultural phenomena that influenced Ligeti: modern visual arts, the post-war social environment and musical traditions that span Transylvania to Southeast Asia.

Benjamin Levy, musicologist
Jonathan Goldman, host

Presented in French and English

Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 2:30pm

Concert 1

High-calibre Montreal-based musicians perform some of Ligeti’s most ambitious chamber compositions, exhibiting the ingenuity and eclecticism of one of the most unique musical ventures of the 20th century.

Jean-Michaël Lavoie, conductor
Henry Kramer, piano
Ensemble from the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Ligeti Quartet
Freya Goldmark, violin
Patrick Dawkins, violin
Richard Jones, viola
Val Welbanks, cello
Ensemble from the Université de Montréal and McGill University

Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano

Saturday November 4, 2023 at 7:30pm
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