Bourgie Hall presents

The String Quartet: from Refus global to Today

This concert pays tribute to Rachel Laurin.

An ensemble devoted to music of the 20th and 21st centuries, the Molinari Quartet performs four works by Quebec composers, all witnesses to the ferment of artistic experimentation in Quebec since the publication in 1948 of the groundbreaking manifesto Refus global: Otto Joachim, Rachel Laurin, Jean Lesage and Jean Papineau-Couture.

In connection with the exhibition Françoise Sullivan

Molinari Quartet

Internationally acclaimed by the public and the critics since its foundation in 1997, the Molinari Quartet has given itself the mandate to perform works from the 20th and 21st centuries repertoire for string quartet, to commission new works and to initiate discussions between musicians, artists and the public.

Recipient of twenty-four Opus Prizes awarded by the Quebec Music Council to underline musical excellence on the Quebec concert stage, the Molinari Quartet as been described by the critics as an “essential” and “prodigious” ensemble, even “Canada’s answer to the Kronos or Arditti Quartet”. The Molinari Quartet has established itself as one of Canada’s leading string quartets.

In addition to many Canadian works, including the 13 quartets by R. Murray Schafer, the Molinari Quartet’s repertoire includes among others, quartets by Bartók, Berg, Britten, Corigliano, Debussy, Dutilleux, Dun, Glass, Gubaidulina, Kancheli, Kurtág, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Martinu, Penderecki, Prokofiev, Ravel, Rihm, Schnittke, Schoenberg, Shostakovich and Webern.

The Molinari Quartet was heard twice as soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit and in April 2018 premiered the Concerto for string quartet and orchestra by Samy Moussa with the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montréal under the direction of Nicholas Carter.

Launched in October 2001, the Molinari Quartet International Competition for Composition has had an enormous success. Over its eight editions it has received over 1000 new quartet scores from 70 countries.

Olga Ranzenhofer, violin
Antoine Bareil, violin
Frédéric Lambert, viola
Pierre-Alain Bouvrette, cello

Rachel LAURIN Poème for string quartet, Op. 35
Jean PAPINEAU-COUTURE String Quartet No. 2
Otto JOACHIM String Quartet
Jean LESAGE String Quartet No. 4

Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 7:30pm
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