Musique chez nous

Musique chez nous

2017-2018 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.

Fall Semester

Friday, September 29, 2017: 8:00 PM
Howard Brown Memorial Concert
This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the department and open our season with our faculty performing in honour of Howard Brown, the department’s founder.

Friday, October 13, 2017: 8:00 PM
Mordy Ferber, guitar, Artist-in-Residence
Mordy Ferber has been for many years at the centre of the jazz scene in New York City – as a guitarist, composer, author, and prof at NY University. He regularly plays and records with many of the jazz world’s best-known musicians, and tours the world, from Europe to Asia, and to his home country, Israel.  As drummer Jack DeJonette has observed, “I love his sound and his feeling. He writes beautiful compositions [and] is committed to the highest level of quality and creativity.

Friday, October 20, 2017: 8:00 PM
Jean-Fabien Schneider, piano, Laurence Kayaleh, violin, Frédéric Lambert, viola, Elizabeth Dolin, cello
One of our favorite visiting artists, Ms Dolin presents a wonderfully unusual program of two German masterpieces, the piano quartets of Mahler and Richard Strauss. Paired with the quartets is the piano trio in D minor by Russian master, Anton Arensky.

Friday, November 3, 2017: 8:00 PM
The Golan Jazz Quintet
This is an amazing first for our series – a group of musicians from the Middle East, based in Paris, who have merged traditional music of the region with jazz in a unique and mesmerizing combination. The group includes both traditional and western instruments.  This is a true cultural exchange and a message of peace from a troubled part of the world.

Saturday, November 25, 2017: 7:30 PM
Abbaye Saint-Benoît-du-Lac
Sunday, November 26, 2017: 2:30 PM
Église Saint-François-Xavier de Bromont
Bishop’s University Singers: the B minor Mass by J.S. Bach
The Bishop’s University Chamber Choir will perform J. S. Bach’s choral masterpiece, the Mass in B Minor, accompanied by a full Baroque orchestra, with guest soloists. Julien Proulx, conductor. Fannie Gaudette and Melinda Enns, assistant conductors. Special ticket prices apply, see poster for details.

Winter Semester

Friday, January 19, 2018: 8:00 PM
Annamaria Popescu, mezzo-soprano, Julien LeBlanc, pianist
Artists-in-Residence. Mezzo-soprano Annamaria Popescu and pianist Julien LeBlanc will explore “The Music of the Sun” as viewed by Tosti, Frescobaldi, Lambert, Fauré and others. These two passionate musicians will explore the various emotions inspired by this subject: joy, contemplation, passion, sorrow and pain.

Friday, February 2, 2018: 8:00 PM
Andrew MacDonald, guitar with the Vox Populi Quartet
Andrew MacDonald’s Restless City, op. 81 is scored for electric archtop guitar and string quartet. The work follows the great tradition of piano quintet writing as practiced by Schumann, Brahms and Dvorák, and pays homage to bebop jazz artists Charlie Parker, Tadd Dameron and Thelonious Monk. Also on the program, a performance of Beethoven’s String quartet No.15 in A minor, Op. 132, by the Vox Populi Quartet.

Friday, February 9, 2018: 8:00 PM
Richard Savoie, saxophone, Jon Gearey, guitar, Simon Bergeron, drums, Louise Thibault, voice
Savoie – Gearey – Bergeron will begin the evening presenting music from 2 recently released CD’s:  In Monk’s Sphere & Solstice. The second half will feature singer Louise Thibault with Jon Gearey & Richard Savoie presenting reworked standards and original compositions recorded as the trio Avalon Motel.

Friday, February 23, 2018: 8:00 PM
Ross Osmun, piano
Professor Osmun’s varied and demanding program will feature the music of Scarlatti, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Chopin and Liszt.

Friday, March 16, 2018: 8:00 PM
MG3: Montreal Guitar Trio, Danzas: Spanish Guitar
Described by the CBC as the “hottest” guitar ensemble in Canada, the trio is composed of guitarists Sébastien Dufour, Glenn Lévesque and Marc Morin. Their latest recording, Danzas: Spanish Guitar is nominated in the Album of the Year Category – Soloist or Small Ensemble, and features arrangements of flamenco music by Paco de Lucia, Manuel de Falla and Agustin Barrios Mangoré.

Friday, March 23, 2018: 8:00 PM
Melinda Enns, soprano, Jean-Yves St. Pierre, harpsichord/recorder, Anne-Marie Leblanc, cello
This program celebrates the 250th anniversary of Georg Philippe Telemann, and will also include the works of other Baroque masters.

Friday, April 6 & Saturday, April 7, 2018: 8:00PM
University Singers, Fannie Gaudette, director, Melinda Enns, assistant-director
Centennial Theatre, Bishop’s University.
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!

Music at St. Mark’s Chapel

Sunday, October 15, 2017: 3:00 PM
Claude Lemieux, organ
A performance featuring the compositions of J. S. Bach, and his sons.
$15 for Adults, $10 for Seniors and FREE for students. Tickets will be available at the door.

Saturday, December 2, 2017: 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 3, 2017: 4:00 PM
Festival of Lessons and Carols
The St. Mark’s Chapel Choir once again invites you to their introduction to the Christmas season. This special, candlelit, service will feature traditional anthems and carols – no better way to get into the holiday spirit! The Chapel Choir is directed by Sarah Heath.
Donations to support local charities will be greatly appreciated.

Sunday, March 18, 2018: 3:00 PM
Annick Sévigny, flute, Louis Brouillette, organ
$15 for Adults, $10 for Seniors and FREE for students. Tickets will be available at the door.

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

Artistic Directors
Jack Eby, Ross Osmun, Sonia Patenaude

Concert coordination
Sophie Brubacher, Leanie Gourdeau