Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal presents

Ode to the Earth

On the eve of Earth Day, this concert is devoted to Nature, as it is evoked, notably, in The Song of Songs. In this love poem from The Bible, which has frequently been set to music, the lovers are compared to all our planet’s many beauties: lilies and roses, an apple tree in the middle of an orchard, gazelles and stags, the song of the dove, fig trees, pomegranate trees, and vines… While John Taverner’s Western Wind Mass is based on a popular song that speaks of the western wind and its “small rain,” Nutshimit, composed by Maurice-G. Du Berger to an unpublished text by Innu poet Joséphine Bacon, convinces us of the importance of the Innu’s ancestral territories, places of myths, memory, and identity.

Andrew McAnerney, conductor

Andrew McAnerney was raised in the British choral tradition and studied music at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College). He has enjoyed a varied career as a conductor, consort singer, soloist and arranger. Since moving to Canada in 2013, Andrew has worked with a range of professional choirs and orchestras including Arion Baroque Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Chamber Players of Canada, Elmer Iseler Singers, Elora Singers, Chœur Louisbourg and La Rose des Vents. Andrew was appointed artistic director of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal in 2015.

A former Tallis Scholar, Andrew McAnerney has performed with many of Europe’s finest early music ensembles and is credited on over 50 recordings including the music of Bach, Brumel, Clemens non Papa, Crequillon, Gombert, Handel, Lotti, Morales, Moulu, Mozart, Palestrina, Phinot, Purcell and Rore. Andrew’s début CD with the Studio Laudate dominum, featuring music by Lassus, was released by ATMA classic in 2017. His second CD, L’Homme armé, also released on the ATMA Classique label, was nominated for a 2022 JUNO Awards in the category Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble).

Andrew is passionate about musical excellence and accessibility. He regularly prepares his own early music performance scores from original sources, and is fascinated with presenting rediscovered works.

Choir soloists
Marie Magistry, soprano
Josée Lalonde, alto
Michiel Schrey, tenor
John Giffen, bass

Ellen Torri and Megan Chartrand, sopranos
Charlotte Cumberbirch and Kristen De Marchi, altos
Kerry Bursey and Nathan LeLièvre, tenors
Normand Richard and François-Nicolas Guertin, basses

Orlando di Lasso (v. 1532-1594)
Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
Jan Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Ecce nunc benedicite
Cipriano de Rore (v. 1515-1565)
Descendi in hortum meum
Jacobus Clemens non Papa (v.1510-v.1555)
Ego flos campi
Maurice-Gaston Du Berger (1987-)
Nutshimit – World premiere, unpublished text in Innu-aimun by the poet Joséphine Bacon, commissioned by the composer.
John Taverner (v. 1490-1545)
Western Wind Mass (avec des interpolations reconstituées de la chanson Westron Wynd)

Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 2:30pm
Bourgie Hall
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