Studio de musique ancienne
launches season in Westmount
Opening concert Perfection Polyphonique, Sunday, September 29 at Saint-Léon church
The Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, an ensemble well-known to Westmounters, is launching its 45th year anniversary season at Saint-Léon Church in Westmount, 4311 de Maisonneuve W., with a concert featuring an assortment of sparkling jewels of a cappella vocal polyphony.
On Sunday, September 29, at 3 pm, the Studio’s choir, conducted by Andrew McAnerney, renowned for their excellent performances, will feature works by the great masters of polyphonic style: Josquin des Prés, Palestrina, Lassus, Victoria and Lotti.
To close this exceptional concert, a moving work by Scotland’s greatest living composer, James MacMillan. It is sure to be a perfect polyphony concert.
The Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal has established a reputation as Montréal’s finest early music vocal ensemble.
The Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM)
Claude Gingras, La Presse
François Houde, Le Nouvelliste, 2012
Praised for its “rich-textured, vibrant sound” and “hypnotic beauty”, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM) has established a reputation as Montréal’s finest early music vocal ensemble. Composed of 10 to 13 singers chosen for the remarkable clarity and purity of their voices, the choir is often accompanied by period instruments to perform Renaissance and Baroque choral masterpieces.
Founded in 1974 by Christopher Jackson, Réjean Poirier et Hélène Dugal, and today conducted by Musical Director Andrew McAnerney, The mission of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal is to perform sacred and secular early music, with a particular focus on choral works composed before 1750. For forty-five years, SMAM has maintained a high standard of excellence and established itself as one of Canada’s finest early music vocal ensembles.
‘In 2016 and 2017, SMAM was nominated for the Prix Opus for Concert of the Year and CD of the Year respectively.’
Recent work outside Montréal has included three programmes touring Eastern Canada (Music of the Sistine Chapel, Earthquake Mass and Music of New France and Québec), and a video project with CBC/Radio-Canada exploring music of the Abenaki, an indigenous people whose land lies near Montréal. In 2016 and 2017, SMAM was nominated for the Prix Opus for Concert of the Year and CD of the Year respectively. The Studio’s most recent recording, Orlando di Lasso: Laudate Dominum, has received international acclaim for “impressive clarity of textures” and “glorious singing”.
In 2018 SMAM made its UK début performing music from New France with a live broadcast on BBC Radio and a concert at St John’s Smith Square, London. SMAM’s 2019-20 schedule is busier than ever before and includes collaborations with Festival Bach Montréal, Music and Beyond, Orford Musique, Arion Orchestre Baroque, Arte Musica and Andrea Marcon, prestigious director of the Venice Baroque Orchestra.
46th SEASON CONCERTS TICKET
Ticket purchase by phone, Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, at 514 861-2626, option 1
Online tickets, information and complete programming at smamontreal.ca
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The Studio de musique ancienne is renowned both at home and abroad. Made up of 12 to 18 professional singers chosen for the purity and clarity of their voices, the ensemble, which is often accompanied by an orchestra, has set itself the task of introducing its audience to works of the Renaissance and Baroque. smamontreal.ca