October 13, 2017
Celia Morin, violon; Stephanie Morin, flute; Gerald Morin, cello; Sylvia Bruns, piano
- C. P. E. Bach (1714-1788) - Trio Sonata for flute, violin, cello and keyboard H. 578
- Jules Mouquet (1867-1946) - La Flûte de Pan for flute and piano, opus 15
- Peter Charles Allen (1961- ) - Waltz for flute and piano
- Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) - Sonata for cello and piano
- Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) - Bagatelles for flute, violin, cello and piano, opus 47
Melodies! Melodies! Melodies! Along with some catchy folk rhythms. The concert begins with an 18th century trio sonata featuring interwoven singing lines for the flute and the violin. Then a duo by Mouquet evokes the pastoral tunes of the flute-playing god, Pan. The second half features the bitter-sweet harmonies of the 20th century master-of-melodies, Francis Poulenc. A set of Bagatelles by Dvorak - charming folk melodies and rhythms from his beloved Czech countryside – close the concert.
November 10, 2017
Philip Chiu, piano
- Ravel (1875-1937) - Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose Suite)
- Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) - Preludes (selections from Op. 23, Op. 32)
- Schubert (1797-1828) / Liszt (1811-1886) - Fantasy in C Major, "Der Wanderer", D. 760
- Liszt (1811-1886) - Legends, S.175
Ravel’s lovely Mother Goose suite was originally written as a piano duet but is played here in the solo version; as always, Ravel’s music bears his usual signatures of lush sounds and elegance. Next, a few of Rachmaninoff’s favorite and well known preludes, followed by a Schubert masterpiece, the “Wanderer” Fantasy in C major; the second of the four movements borrows a theme from one of Shubert’s songs, “Der Wanderer”. This colossal work relies on the development of cells or motives that give unity to the whole work; Schubert treats the piano like an orchestra so the work presents an extreme technical challenge for the performer. To end the concert, we hear the virtuosic and inspiring Legends of Franz Liszt.
December 8, 2017
Victor Fournelle-Blain, violin; Justine Pelletier, piano
- Mozart (1756-1791) - Violin sonata in E minor, K.304
- Prokofiev (1891-1953) - Five Melodies op.35
- Massenet (1842-1912) - Meditation from Thaïs
- Beethoven(1770-1827) - Violin sonata no.5 in F major, op.24, "Spring"
- Messiaen (1908-1992) - Theme and Variations
The sonata in E minor, one of Mozart’s finest chamber works, and the only one written in a minor key, was composed when he was 22 around the time of his mother’s death. This is reflected in the sad and quietly tragic character of the music. Einstein considered it “one of the miracles among Mozart’s works”. The five exquisitely shaped melodies originally composed as “vocalizes” by Prokofiev were later beautifully adapted for the violin. In a similar way Massenet’s Meditation from Thais was transcribed for violin and piano from the original version for violin and orchestra. Following Messiaen’s ‘Theme and variations” written as a wedding present for his first wife, Beethoven’s lovely “Spring” sonata is sure to delight the audience.
January 19, 2018
Marina Thibeault, viola; Janelle Fung, piano
Schubert and Schumann : Contrasts and Contradictions
Schubert and Schumann : Contrasts and Contradictions
- Franz Schubert (1797-1828) - Gute Nacht from the Winterreise
- Robert Schumann (1810-1856) - Adagio and Allegro op. 70
- Schubert - Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, arr. Primerose
- Schumann - Märchenbilder, op. 113
- Schubert - Nacht und Träume
- Schubert - Sonata in A minor for arpeggione and piano, D. 821
The viola is given the exquisitely shaped melodies from some of Schubert’s most beautiful songs, alongside Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro, a truly romantic work where he expresses a struggle between conflicting emotions. Next, the Märchenbilder (Fairy tale pictures) inspired by fairy tales, is a set of four character pieces written by Schumann specifically for the viola. Although the arpeggione, an instrument invented in Vienna towards the end of Schubert’s life, didn’t become popular and was soon forgotten, this cannot be said about the wonderful sonata the composer wrote for it. With its lyrical melodies, mood contrasts and technical challenges, it is still a favorite of the cello and viola repertoire.
February 16, 2018
The Milton Quartet: Roman Fraser, violin; Maïthéna Girault, violin; Evan Robinson, viola; Joshua Morris, cello
Program to be announced
The Milton String Quartet is a rising star in the world of chamber music. In May 2016, the quartet was invited to perform at the Opera America Conference 2016 and was the winner of the Gold Medal and the Grand Prize of the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition; at home in Montreal it has participated in both the August 2016 and 2017 editions of MISQA (McGill International String Quartet Academy).
March 16, 2018
Trio Fibonacci: Julie-Anne Derome, violin; Gabriel Prynn, cello; Steven Massicotte, piano
- Beethoven (1770-1827) - Trio op.70, no.1 (Ghost Trio)
- George Onslow (1784-1853) - Trio op. 83
- Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) - “La Danza”
- Marc Hyland (1960- ) - Chants du Signe
Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio, the most popular one after the Archduke Trio got its nickname from the mysterious and eerie character of its slow movement. George Onslow was born in France but his affinity to instrumental chamber music brings him closer to the german music tradition. Schumann said about him: “only Onslow and Mendelssohn approached Beethoven's mastery of the quartet form.” Rosssini’s “Danza” and Marc Hyland’s “Chants du signe” (Songs of the Sign) completes this romantic program; this last piece was composed as a commission for the Fibonacci Trio.
April 8, 2018
Student Concert (Sunday at 2 pm), free admission with a goodwill offering
- Auditions Saturday, March 17, 2018
- Find out how to audition for the student concert
The society holds a yearly competition for young musicians in the West Island. By choosing the best of these budding artists to participate in our student concert we are hoping to provide them with a valuable experience and at the same time give our public a chance to hear excellent music.