Club Musical de Québec takes a step back in time


The year 2016 marks the 125th anniversary of the Club musical de Québec, the very first concert society in Canada. Festivities begin this fall and will continue all season long. Tickets for their special series Retour dans le temps will be on sale as of September 1 for subscribers to the regular 2015-2016 season, and will be available to the general public on September 8.

Retour dans le Temps is a series of three concerts which will take place in the locations used by the Club musical during the course of its history.  

The first will take place in the Morrin Centre, College Hall, on Saturday, November 21, at 3:00 p.m. featuring pianist Maxim Bernard, soprano Judith Bouchard, violinist Benoît Cormier and cellist Raphaël Dubé. Music lovers will enjoy the re-enactment of a recital presented by the Club musical in the same room in 1920. This meeting with history will familiarise you with the beginnings of cultural life in the capital in this historic building. The price of a ticket, $30, includes the opportunity to register for a guided tour of the building on the day of the concert.

On Monday, January 18, 2016, at 8:00 p.m., at the Maison de la littérature, the ancient music ensemble La Chamaille, with the special participation of Robert Lepage, will perform Quelques arpents de neige: a literary and musical dialogue between baroque France and Nouvelle-France. Take advantage of this opportunity to discover the recent transformation of the Maison and the collaboration with another historic partner of the Club musical, the Institut Canadien de Québec. Tickets, $40, include a verre de l’amitié after the concert.  

The third of these special concerts will take place on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. in the ballroom of the Château Frontenac, and will feature the Duo Amal. Pianists, Bishara Haroni is Palestinian, Yaron Kohlberg is Israelian, and the name of their duo means “hope” in Arabic. Together, at two pianos, they confirm the message of artistic friendship without borders which the Club musical has been transmitting for 125 years.

The event will celebrate almost a half-century of collaboration with the Château Frontenac, the cultural hub of the 20th century in Quebec City. The price of a ticket, $60, includes, at 7:00 p.m., a presentation by historian David Mendel about the famous hotel and the presence of the Club musical in the ballroom for almost 50 years.

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