The musts according to Pascale Labrie
Pascale Labrie

Content Manager, Classical Music, Radio-Canada


Festival Montréal Baroque

From June 25 to June 28, 2015

For a baroque experience out of the ordinary, you must attend the Festival Montréal Baroque. This event offers an unbelievable variety of content, organized according to some surprising and always original themes. We’re swept up in a whirlwind of energy and left wanting more.

This year’s program features a famous figure from the baroque world, the renowned Belgian violinist Sigiswald Kuijken, a legend who has worked unceasingly to make this repertoire known for over 50 years. Also, the great Bach expert, Gilles Cantagrel, will tell us all about Bach with his usual extraordinary passion and rigour!

Susie Napper and Matthias Maute are the welcome artistic co-directors of this event, while the spokesperson for this 13th Festival is Suzie LeBlanc.

Montreal International Musical Competition - Voice 2015

From May 24 to June 5, 2015

This is an event that has become known throughout the world. Ever since the first Competition in 2002, numerous brilliant winners have given worldwide recognition to the name of Montreal. What a fine way to make our city known and spread its dynamic reputation abroad!

This year, the competition is for the best young singing artists. Twenty-four young musicians are ready to give their all in order to reach the heights. In the final contest, they will perform with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. These musicians will be seeking to excel themselves, to stand out and charm the international jury, which will select the best performers from this year’s crop.

In addition to the competition itself, there will be plenty of other enjoyable activities to attend during the two weeks of the event. One of them will involve you and your singing voice in a huge Sing-along marking the 50th anniversary of the cult film The Sound of Music. This is a major celebration providing the kick-off to some programming that is as rich as it is friendly, on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m.

Documentary: Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) - Piano 2014

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

From January 31 to May 31, 2015

Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism
From Spain to Morocco, Benjamin-Constant in His Time

Though somewhat overlooked nowadays, this painter’s work takes us to the heart of the Orient with its flamboyant colours. Visitors are hypnotized by this world in which a warm and welcome breeze blows, the same world that very early exerted its magical powers on the French soul. The exhibition also features other aspects of the artist’s production, however, such as his historical paintings.

In addition, as luck would have it, there are bridges to be made between Benjamin-Constant, himself an amateur violinist, and music. He even shared his studio with the death mask of Beethoven. This exhibition is a definite must!

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A replay of the program Soirées classiques (ICI Musique, Radio-Canada) dedicated to this exhibition, and the links between the subject and music. Mario F. Paquet’s guest is Nathalie Bondil, Chief Curator of the MMFA and curator of this exhibition.

Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant
Interior of a Harem in Morocco
Oil on canvas
310 x 527 cm
Lille, Palais des Beaux-Arts
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais / Philipp Bernard

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