Musique chez nous

Musique chez nous

2016-2017 Concert Season

All concerts take place in Bandeen Hall
and begin at 8:00 pm unless otherwise indicated.

Musique chez nous logoThe Department of Music at Bishop’s University presents Musique Chez Nous, a concert series featuring the talents of local musicians, visiting artists, and the university’s own music teachers. Our aim is to present a programme that will appeal to all tastes. Most of our concerts are held in Bandeen Hall, found at the historic centre of the Bishop’s University campus.

Unless otherwise indicated, concerts begin at 8:00 pm. Tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $10 for seniors; all students are admitted free to most concerts upon presentation of a student card (university, college, CEGEP, or other school). For concert enthusiasts, Musique Chez Nous offers its special subscription ticket – 6 concert entries for only $60 (adults) and $40 (seniors). This ticket can be used for any concert in the series (except those by the University Singers), and can also be used to admit more than one person on the same evening. Parking is available on the Bishop’s campus.

Reservations and tickets are available before performance dates at the Box Office at Centennial Theatre (819-822-9692). Tickets are also available on the evening of the concert at the Box Office in Bandeen Hall.


Howard Brown Memorial Faculty Recital

Friday, September 23

This annual concert, which honours the founder of our department, celebrates the performing abilities of our own faculty. The variety of genres and styles shows what we teach in our programme. 

Les Voix Humaines: Susie Napper and Margaret Little, viola da gamba with Andréanne Paquin soprano

Friday, September 30

Songs about Cruel Love from the end of the 16th and early 17ty century France and England, accompanied by the mellifluous sound of the viola da gamba.

Tristan Longval-Gagné, piano

Friday, October 14

Humour and music – as portrayed on the piano by Haydn, Ravel, Satie, Prokofiev, Marc-André Hamelin and others. This will be the highly anticipated debut of Sherbrooke sensation Tristan Longval-Gagné at Bandeen Hall. He will return as artist-in-residence later in the term.

Guillaume Gilbert Quintet: Guillaume Gilbert, guitar; Thiago Ferté, tenor saxophone; Sylvain Daigneault, piano; and Mathieu Tarlo, bass; and Simon Bergeron, drums

Friday, October 21

This programme presents a number of original compositions by Guillaume Gilbert, written and interpreted in the straight ahead jazz idiom. Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington have been some of the main influences in this creative process.

Stephanie Higgins, soprano with Ross Osmun, piano

Friday, November 4

A perennial star while a student at Bishop’s, Stephanie Higgins has since pursued her studies at the Université de Montreal and the University of Toronto, where she is presently completing a doctorate in vocal pedagogy. She will present a concert of Spanish and French music, with works by Turina, Villa-Lobos, Roussel and Ravel.

See the event poster (PDF)

Chamber Music Ensemble, with Pauline Farrugia, director

Friday, November 25

Music Department students perform their end-of-term concert with music for a variety of chamber ensembles. Free admission.

Jazz and Rock Ensembles: Kevin Sullivan, director

Tuesday, November 29

Music Department students will provide a rockin’ end of term with their final recital. Free admission.

Bishop’s University Singers, Fannie Gaudette, director – at Centennial Theatre

Friday, December 2

Don’t miss this Christmas concert extravaganza performed by the BU singers, with invited guests. Please note that this concert will take place in Centennial Theatre, with different admissions charges. Be prepared for a sellout – reservations recommended.

University Singers and the OSS – Salle Maurice O’Bready, Université de Sherbrooke campus

Sunday, December 4 at 3:00 pm

The University Singers are joined by the Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke directed by Stéphane Laforest for a Christmas concert featuring the celebrated Gloria of Vivaldi. The concert will take place at Salle Maurice O’Bready on the Université de Sherbrooke campus.

Trio Hochelaga: Anne Robert, violin; Chloé Dominguez, cello; Jean-François Latour, piano

Friday, January 27

This celebrated ensemble, anchored by Jean-François Latour of the Université de Sherbrooke, brings a classic evening of chamber music to Bandeen – Haydn, Beethoven, and English composer Frank Bridge.

Ensemble Caprice, featuring Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, Baroque flutes

Friday, February 10

This highly regarded and innovative early music ensemble makes an appearance at Bishop’s with a concert entitled iLovebaroque. Great music by such great masters of the Baroque masters as Bach, Vivaldi and Purcell.

Kevin Sullivan and friends: Jazz sextet featuring Marc Bolduc, trumpet/Flugelhorn; Jean-Denis Dubuc, tenor and soprano saxophones; Chris Kerr-Barr, trombone; Michael Hynes, piano; Guy Breton, bass; and Kevin Sullivan, drums

Friday, February 17

The group presents a fascinating portrait of two jazz greats from the 1940s and 1950s, Art Farmer and Benny Golson. Kevin has scrupulously transcribed the music from discs of the period and we’ll hear it recreated, over 50 years after it was recorded. This is the history of jazz, come alive.

Duo Milot-Bareil: Valerie Milot, harp, and Antoine Bareil, violin

Friday, March 10

When do we get to hear a concert harp? Not often enough around here. The programme presented by these two artists is titled Duos & Duels, and the will give us a whirlwind tour of musical styles: classical, modern, folk, pop, world music – all played with a breathless virtuosity.

University Singers, Fannie Gaudette, director – at Centennial Theatre

April 1-2

For their spring show, the Singers will give us more of the high-powered, toe-tapping pop repertoire that has generated excitement in audiences through the years. Expect great tunes, stunning solos, an energetic band – and the sound of a hundred voices. This concert will take place in Centennial Theatre, with different admissions charges. Reserve early!

Watch for end-of-term recitals in the Music Department

Bishop’s Student Composers concert, Chamber Music Ensembles, Pop and Rock Ensembles, Honours Recitals, etc.

Dates for recitals:

March 18: Rosalie Dowling, 8:00 PM

March 24: Stephanie Sisam, 8:00 PM

March 25: J.D. Kent, 2:00 PM

March 26: Orelle Soyeux and Kristina Fryml, 2:30 PM

April 1: Jessica Mooney, 2:00 PM

April 5: Casey Fulton, 8:00 PM

April 7: Daphnee Vandal, 8:00 PM

April 8: Sam Neumann, 8:00 PM

April 9: Natalie Demmon and Emilie Saint-Cyr, 3:00 PM

April 9: Jonathan Townsend, 8:00 PM

Composers Forum 2017

April 11, 8:00 p.m.
Bandeen Hall
free admission

New Music by Bishop’s Composers featuring performances by:
Andrew MacDonald, electric guitar
Pauline Farrugia, clarinet
Anne-Marie Leblanc, cello
Léo Guiollot, percussion

Composers Forum poster (PDF)

Music at St. Mark’s Chapel

Sylvain Barrette, organ, with baritone Michel Cervant

Sunday, October 2, 3:00 pm

This programme will feature organ solos and arias by Bach and Handel as well as some well-known operatic arias by Bizet, Gounod and Puccini, accompanied by organ – a very original recital!

$15 for Adults, $10 for Seniors and FREE for students. Tickets will be available at the door.

Jacques Boucher, organ, with Anne Robert, violin

Sunday, April 2, 3:00 pm

Organist for St Jean-Baptiste Church in Montreal, M. Boucher will be joined by a frequent recital partner, Anne Robert. Programme to be confirmed.

$15 for Adults, $10 for Seniors and FREE for students. Tickets will be available at the door.

Festival of Lessons and Carols

Saturday, November 26, 7:30 pm, and
Sunday, November 27, 4:00 pm

The Choir of St. Mark’s Chapel, Sarah Heath, director. The chapel choir once again
invites you to their introduction to the Christmas season. This year’s service will feature mainly traditional anthems and carols – no better way to get into the holiday spirit!

Donations to support local charities will be greatly appreciated.

The Department of Music thanks the Bishop’s University Foundation
for its generous contributions to Musique Chez Nous.

Artistic Directors
Jack Eby, Sonia Patenaude

Concert coordination
Daphne Vandal, Sonia Picot

Translation, editing and layout
Marie-Claude Lavallée