Concert for choir and organ – spring 2022

After a break from the stage of more than two years imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the many challenges surrounding the practice of choral singing, the Chœur Louisbourg is proud to announce the resumption of its live concerts. The choir will embark on a New Brunswick tour at the end of April, with stops in Edmundston, Fredericton, Caraquet and Moncton. This tour will mark the choir’s first visit to the Madawaska region.

Program:

The program will be devoted to two major works for choir and organ: Requiem by Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) and Lux aeterna by Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943). These two works are very closely linked to early music, the first taking up many themes from the Gregorian Mass for the deceased, the second evoking the sacred music of the Renaissance, particularly that of Josquin des Prés (c.1450-1521), mixed with musical colors of romanticism and modernism.

For this first concert since the beginning of the pandemic, artistic director Monique Richard has chosen a repertoire that is meant to be balm for the soul. Duruflé’s Requiem does have its share of imagery and musical impulses that are characteristic of the genre. However, just as in Fauré’s famous homonymous work which had served as a model, the final In Paradisum places emphasis on hope for peace in the afterlife. As for Lauridsen’s Lux aeterna, it assembles various sacred texts relating to Light which, according to the composer, is “a universal symbol of illumination at all levels—spiritual, artistic and intellectual”.

Accompaniment:

The Choir will be accompanied by the Organist and Director of Music of the Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton, Thomas Gonder, in office since 2020. Originally from London, Ontario, where he received his training at St. Paul’s Cathedral, he quickly rose to the forefront of the Canadian Organ scene as one of its brightest young performers shortly after his public debut at the age of 15. Today, internationally recognized for his brilliant and emotional playing, he is regularly sought after to create new works by various composers including Naji Hakim, David Briggs, Gerald Bales and Nicolas Chevereau.

Dates and locations:

The concerts will take place on the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, April 23th, 3:00 p.m., at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Edmundston;
  • Sunday, April 24th, 3:00 p.m., at the Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton;
  • Saturday, April 30th, 7:30 p.m., at the Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens Church in Caraquet; and
  • Sunday, May 1st, 3:00 p.m., at the Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Cathedral in Moncton.

Tickets, at a cost of $30.00, are on sale at the door. Admission is free for students.