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Classical Music Highlighted at Maison Jésus-Marie

Several concerts, initiated by the Recreation Committee were presented last Fall, at Maison Jésus-Marie. Prior to the holiday season, two new groups were a hit with the audience.

The vocal ensemble Via Voce de Chambly accompanied by Marie-France Veilleux, organist and Valérie Grenier, piano, presented many musical pieces by Gabriel Fauré including the Nocturne No. 1 in E flat minor, opus 33 for piano, Les Berceaux (the Cradles), opus 23, no. 1 (1879) - text by Sully-Prudhomme, Tantum Ergo, opus 65, no. 2 - text by St. Thomas Aquinas and le Cantique of John Racine, opus 11 - text by Jean Racine.

This concert, which took place on November 4, under the direction of Cécile Allemand, conductor, concluded with Fauré's Requiem, opus 48 for soprano, baritone, choir and organ. The ensemble, which comprises some fifty adult singers, was very successful. The choir, as well as the soloists Marc-Antoine d'Aragon, baritone and Rachel Guertin, soprano, greatly delighted their audience.

Created in 2008, this group aims to make choral music accessible to everyone. It is a member of the Quebec Choral Alliance and presents two major productions a year. The vocal ensemble frequently sings at special events as well as and in retirement homes. It also went on a concert tour in the South of France in 2015 during the 20th Choral International Festival in Provence.

Chamber music

The Tomo Inui Chamber Music Trio gave a wonderful concert on November 18th. Pianist and professor affiliated with the Montreal Conservatory of Music, Tomoko Inui brought together, Jung Tsuai, violin and Marc Labranche, cello.

The trio had given several concerts in Quebec and elsewhere prior to the one at Maison Jésus-Marie. To see the happy faces of those present, it was obvious that the musicians had delighted them.

Photos: Sr Suzanne Brault

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