Season 2023-2024 at Bourgie Hall
One hundred concerts featuring some of the greatest names from here and abroad
September 7, 2023
A new cultural season is upon us: the opening concert of Bourgie Hall’s 2023-2024 season is only a few weeks away. The kick-off for this exciting season will be given on September 27, at 7:30 p.m., by the prestigious Dover Quartet. Named one of the greatest string quartets of the last 100 years by BBC Music Magazine, these exceptional musicians’ presence in Montreal is certainly not to be missed.
This 13th season will be rich in discoveries, focusing on diversity and programming attuned to today’s social concerns.
The programming, unifying and aligned with today’s musical preoccupations, has been carefully developed by its directors, Artistic Director Olivier Godin and Executive Director Caroline Louis.
Both affirm: “Under the sign of audacity and continuity, this 13th season will be rich in discoveries, focusing on diversity and programming attuned to today’s social concerns. This venue, where the creativity and talent of outstanding artists shine forth, has become a staple of the Quebec music scene. The public will experience unforgettable moments filled with great emotions, carried by big names in classical music, jazz and music from global cultures.”
This season will comprise nearly 100 concerts presented by Bourgie Hall, with 50% of its programming including Quebec or Canadian artists, in addition to more than 66 concerts by guest presenters. Exceptional musicians, acclaimed on the most prestigious international stages, will be at Bourgie Hall this season.
Among the concerts that are not to be missed, piano lovers will mark appearances by Pierre-Laurent Aimard (November 5), Víkingur Ólafsson (January 24), Igor Levit (March 11) and Bruce Liu (May 14) on their calendars. Renowned singers performing in 2023-2024 include baritones Wolfgang Holzmair (January 27) and François Le Roux (April 18) as well as contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux and soprano Karina Gauvin in a duo performance (April 19).
In addition to piano and vocal recitals, music lovers will be able to hear other outstanding figures from the international music scene: mandolinist Avi Avital (October 12), trumpet player Sergei Nakariakov (October 16), Le Poème harmonique (October 28), the Ligeti Quartet (November 4-5), the Imani Winds quintet (February 1), the Faust-Queyras-Melnikov Trio (February 12), cellist Abel Selaocoe (April 4), violinist Daniel Hope (April 23) and the Trio Wanderer (April 24).
To mark important anniversaries, concerts in tribute to composers Sergei Rachmaninoff, Théodore Dubois and Gabriel Fauré, singer Maria Callas, conductors Raffi Armenian and Agnes Grossmann, as well as Montreal jazz musician Oscar Peterson, in addition to a festival dedicated to György Ligeti, are planned throughout the season.
Bourgie Hall will also present four concerts honouring composer and organist Rachel Laurin, who recently passed away: The public will hear a wide panorama of her musical output, whether for organ, voice or chamber music, including the world premiere of the song cycle for voice and piano Chant pour un Québec lointain (October 11).
In order to promote contemporary repertoire, several other world premieres will take place in 2023-2024: a work by Anishinaabe composer Barbara Assiginaak, setting a text by Innu poet Maya Cousineau Mollen and performed by Innu soprano Elisabeth St-Gelais, commissioned jointly by Bourgie Hall, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Festival international de la littérature (September 30); Byar by Thierry Pécou (October 24); works by Canadian composers Nicole Lizée and Ana Sokolović (November 5), Tres Miradas a Marisol by Venezuelan composer Adina Izarra, a commission by Bourgie Hall (November 8); a work by Petros Shoujounian (December 6); Mar y Sol by Luna Pearl Woolf (December 13); a work by Richard Reed Parry commissioned by the OSM (February 16); the song cycle Letters from the frontline by Evan Mack (February 17); three operas by three women composers (May 30); a work by Simon Bourget (June 5); as well as Interlude by Claudie Bertounesque (June 7).
Issues in Music
The programming for the 2023-2024 season will also address current issues in music, reflecting the concerns of the pluralistic and diverse community to which it belongs. Performances as part of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30) as well as in support of Ukraine (February 17) and Iranian women (April 2) are also scheduled.
Pursuing the collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), six concerts will echo two Museum exhibitions this fall, namely Marisol: A Retrospective as well as another featuring the work of an important Quebec artist and signatory of the Refus global manifesto, Françoise Sullivan.
Up-and-coming musical talents
Bourgie Hall is thrilled to announce two new initiatives aimed at supporting up-and-coming musical talents, in collaboration with higher education institutions in Quebec. First, there will be six public master classes, given by international artists invited by Bourgie Hall and who will guide advanced students.
Admission is free for students and $10 for the general public. In addition, a mentorship program will allow six young rising stars enrolled in master or doctoral programs in violin, piano, jazz piano, voice, guitar, and trumpet to benefit from private lessons and personalized meetings with renowned musicians. These mentees will also have the opportunity to give a short performance before an audience at Bourgie Hall, as part of the concert of their respective mentors.
In order to make concerts accessible to a wider audience, various attractive subscription packages (series and à la carte subscriptions) ensure that ticket prices remain affordable. As usual, MMFA members enjoy a 15% discount on the General Public rate at all times. For concertgoers 34 years old and younger, a 50% discount on the General Public rate and last-minute tickets at the cost of $10 (subject to availability) are offered.
About Bourgie Hall
To make our concerts accessible to as many people as possible, Bourgie Hall offers a variety of attractive packages (subscriptions and à la carte packages) to make ticket prices as affordable as possible. MBAM members benefit at all times from a 15% discount on the regular price.
In addition, young people aged 34 and under benefit from a 50% discount on the regular price, and last-minute tickets at a cost of $10 are also available, subject to availability.
All details of the 2023-2024 season are available online at bourgiehall.ca.
Three simple ways to purchase tickets
BY PHONE: 514 285-2000, option 1, or 1 800 899-6873
IN PERSON at the MMFA box office (during opening hours)
and at Bourgie Hall (one hour prior to the concerts)
Numerous affordable subscription packages are also available.
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Bourgie Hall is a 462-seat concert hall at the heart of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Possessing exceptional acoustics, it has quickly made a name for itself as one of Canada’s most beloved venues for concert music. Bourgie Hall presents over a hundred concerts a year in various musical styles, ranging from jazz to classical works, from Baroque music to contemporary creations. Its high-calibre programming features some of the most prominent Canadian and international musicians of their generation, whether they be at the beginning of their careers or already well-established. bourgiehall.ca