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Baroque Bonanza: Catch the Last Few Concerts of the Montreal Bach Festival

Posted by Bryan / December 3, 2013

The 7th annual edition of the annual Montreal Bach Festival has been in full swing since November 23rd. If you didn't get a chance to see the Brandenburg Concertos or the Goldberg Variations, fear not! There are still a few amazing performances you can see before the festival is over.


Tonight, December 3rd, the festival partners with Steinway & Sons and the Queen Elisabeth competition to present Remi Geniet, winner of the 2013 competition. He'll be playing Bach's Partita No.4 along with other pieces at Bourgie Hall (1380 Sherbrooke Ouest) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15.

Tomorrow, December 4th, an ensemble featuring Luc Beauséjour on the organ and harpsichord will be performing three of Bach's Choral Cantatas at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours chapel in the Old Port (400, rue Saint-Paul E.). Tickets start at $12.

If you want to see an innovative take on Bach's music, Friday, Dec 5th, Swedish classical guitarist, Göran Söllscher, is playing a number of pieces on an 11-string alto guitar. Among others, this concert will feature parts from Bach's Cello Suites Nos. 4 and 6 along with the modernist composer Avro Paert's Für Alina. He'll be playing at Tanna Schulich hall in McGill's Schulich school of music. Tickets are also very affordable for this performance and start at $15.

The Bach festival closes this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm with the performance of one of Bach's most monumental compositions: the Mass in B Minor (BWV 232). Not only does this piece combine Catholic and Lutheran elements, it features soaring harmonies, innovative counterpoint and beautiful orchestration. The Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal will be performing this piece under the direction of Kent Nagano at the Maison Symphonique (1600 St Urbain). Tickets are a little more expensive for this concert, starting at $40, but if you're a fan of Bach, baroque music or monumental choral arrangements, the price is well worth it.

For more information or to buy tickets, check out the website of the Festival Bach de Montreal, 2013

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