Bourgie Hall presents

Quatuor Cobalt – Celebrating Women Composers

This concert pays tribute to Rachel Laurin.

As a form of commentary on the exhibition on Marisol, the Quatuor Cobalt will present the magnificent Suite for Harp and String Quartet by Rachel Laurin, as well as the world premiere of a work by Venezuelan composer Adina Izarra commissioned by Bourgie Hall. Entitled Tres Miradas a Marisol, each movement bears the title of one of Marisol’s works featured in the exhibition.

In connection with the exhibition Marisol: A Retrospective

5pm: talk and welcome drink
6pm: guided tour of the exhibition
7:30pm: concert

Quatuor Cobalt

Artist in residence at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, the Quatuor Cobalt stands out for its eclectic and modern musical approach, exploring with as much enthusiasm the ancient music on period instruments as the contemporary creations. Socially engaged musicians, the members of the quartet are dedicated to making music ever more accessible to a wide audience, defying stylistic and social boundaries.

In Quebec, the Cobalt Quartet has played in various festivals such as the Festival International de Lanaudière, the Festival International du Domaine Forget or the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in addition to performing in the largest venues such as the Palais Montcalm in Quebec and Place des Arts in Montreal. The ensemble multiplies collaborations with internationally renowned Quebec artists such as Vincent Lauzer, Élisabeth Pion and Patrick Watson, revisiting his repertoire with him through arrangements linking textures and improvisations.

Involved in the display of today’s repertoire, the ensemble showcases contemporary music with several collaborations. The quartet notably commissioned and created Jardins de givre by François-Hugues Leclair at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in April 2022.

The Cobalt Quartet was founded at the University of Montreal in 2017. It has been mentored by Laura Andriani (Alcan Quartet), Guillaume Sutre (Ysaye Quartet), Quatuor Debussy, Annick Roussin and Yegor Dyachkov. The ensemble is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Fondation Père-Lindsay.

Guillaume Villeneuve’s 1866 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin and 1955 Arthur Copley (W.E Hill & Sons) bow, Diane Bayard’s 1751 Antonio Gragnani violin and c.1925 Victor Fétique bow, as well as François Leclerc’s c.1790-1810 Pietro Antonio Cateni cello and Gustav Prager bow are generously loaned by Canimex.

Guillaume Villeneuve, violin
Diane Bayard, violin
Clément Bufferne, viola
François Leclerc, cello
Antoine Malette Chénier, harp

Rachel LAURIN Suite for Harp and String Quartet, Op. 101
Alicia TERZIAN Tres piezas
Caroline SHAW Entr’acte
Tres Miradas a Marisol (Cuarteto de cuerdas)  [Three Glances at Marisol (String Quartet)]
La Fiesta 
 [The Party]
Mi Mamá y Yo 
 [My Mother and I]
Work commissioned by Bourgie Hall, inspired by the Marisol exhibition

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 7:30pm
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