Logo Sunday Concerts 2020

ART AND MUSIC CONCERTS SERIES

From january 12 to March 22, 2020

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with live projection on giant screen – Free.

“For the fourth consecutive year, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) is proud to partner with Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal to present a series of free original organ concerts! Open to everyone on Sundays afternoon and spread out over three months—from January to March 2020—these concerts are a one-of-a-kind opportunity for all audiences to hear renowned virtuosos present a diverse and exciting repertoire that blends classic and contemporary traditions on one of the most magnificent and powerful organs ever created by famous German organ builder Rudolf von Beckerath.

Make sure you don’t miss this wonderful event!”

Walter Boudreau
Artistic Director, Société de musique contemporaine du Québec

CONCERT PROGRAMS AND ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

January 12: Jocelyn Lafond document-pdf-icon
January 19: Suzanne Ozorak document-pdf-icon
January 26: Abraham Ross (United-States) document-pdf-icon
February 2: Adrian Foster (United-States) document-pdf-icon
February 9: Hans-Ola Ericsson (Sweden) document-pdf-icon
February 16: Nicholas Capozzoli (United-States) document-pdf-icon
February 23: Vincent Boucher document-pdf-icon
March 1: Yves Rechsteiner (France) document-pdf-icon
March 8: Dominique Gagnon document-pdf-icon
March 15: Dominique Lupien document-pdf-icon
March 22: Pascale Rouet (France) document-pdf-icon
Art and music - Concept graphique original : Geneviève Bigué

MONTREAL SACRED MUSIC CONCERTS SERIES

From March 29 to April 26, 2020

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with live projection on giant screen – contributions gratefully accepted.

CONCERT PROGRAMS AND ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

March 29: Chœur classique de Montréal, Louis Lavigueur direction and organist Greg Couture document-pdf-icon
April 5: The Way of the Cross by Paul Claudel and Arvo Pärt with Mario Paquet, narration and Vincent Boucher, organ document-pdf-icon
April 12: Réal Gauthier, organ document-pdf-icon
April 19: Louis Bastion de Cambras (France), organ document-pdf-icon
April 26: Organ class recital from the Montreal Conservatory of Music document-pdf-icon

FESTIVAL DU PRIX D’EUROPE CONCERTS SERIES

From May 3 to May 24, 2020

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with live projection on giant screen – contributions gratefully accepted. Concerts bearing the ($) mention require a ticket purchase.

SPRING CONCERTS SERIES

From May 31 to June 28, 2020

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with live projection on giant screen – contributions gratefully accepted. Concerts bearing the ($) mention require a ticket purchase.

CELEBRATING WOMEN ORGANISTS CONCERTS SERIES

From July 12 to September 20, 2020

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with live projection on giant screen – contributions gratefully accepted. Concerts bearing the ($) mention require a ticket purchase.

FALL FESTIVAL SERIES

From October 4  to October 25, 2020

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with live projection on giant screen – contributions gratefully accepted. Concerts bearing the ($) mention require a ticket purchase.

MONTRÉAL BACH FESTIVAL CONCERTS SERIES

From November 1 to November 29, 2020

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with live projection on giant screen – contributions gratefully accepted. Concerts bearing the ($) mention require a ticket purchase.

SPECIAL CONCERT

December 6, 2020

Concerts bearing the ($) mention require a ticket purchase.

NOËL AT THE ORATORY CONCERTS SERIES

From December 13 to January 3, 2021

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with live projection on giant screen – contributions gratefully accepted. Concerts bearing the ($) mention require a ticket purchase.

2020 Sunday Concerts Series

 50 free concerts featuring reknowned guest organists, singers and instrumentalists
Art and Music – January 12 to March 22, 2020
Montreal Sacred Music – March 29 to April 26, 2020
Prix d’Europe Festival – May 3 to May 24, 2020
Spring concerts – May 31 to June 28, 2020
Celebrating Women Organists – July 12 to September 20, 2020
Autumn Festival – October 4 to October 25, 2020
Montreal Bach Festival – November 1 to November 29, 2020
Noël at the Oratory – December 13 to January 3, 2021

VINCENT BOUCHER, TITULAR ORGANIST

Vincent Boucher organiste

« A virtuoso on the organ […], his playing is flawless. »

– John Collins, The Diapason

« Vincent Boucher is clearly one of the finest organists to appear in Canada in decades. »

– Daniel Foley, The Wholenote

Vincent Boucher is enjoying a true double career, pursuing both music and finance. He has studied under harpsichordists Dom André Laberge and Luc Beauséjour, as well as organist Bernard Lagacé. While in Mireille Lagacé’s class at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, a jury twice unanimously awarded him a first prize for organ and harpsichord. He has also completed a doctorate in performance at McGill University with John Grew and William Porter, and furthered his studies in Vienna with Michael Gailit, and later in Paris with Pierre Pincemaille.

Vincent Boucher has performed extensively and internationally, notably in England, Austria and France at the Cathedrals of Chartres, Bourges, and Notre-Dame de Paris. In 2000 he won first prize in the John Robb Organ Competition. In 2002, he won the Académie de musique du Québec’s Prix d’Europe, which had not been given to an organist since 1966. In 2003 he was awarded an Opus Prize in the category Discovery of the Year. He has already made eleven recordings, which have won a number of prizes and the praise of critics. Most recently, he has released the first recordings of the complete works of Charles Tournemire, as well as three CDs recorded on Saint-Joseph’s Oratory’s Beckerath organ.

With over 21 years experience as a liturgical organist, Mr. Boucher is the titular organist at Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal. He was the principal organist at Sainte-Cécile Cathedral in Valleyfield from 1996 to 2000 and is currently assistant organist at Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church in Montréal  since 1993.

For more than 15 years, Vincent Boucher has worked in the financial industry, and he currently serves as investment advisor at National Bank Financial. A CFA chartholder, he holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a graduate degree in e-commerce from the HEC, Université de Montréal’s business school and a Master of Business Administration from Oxford University. Sought administrator, he currently sits on the Board of the Pro Musica Society and the Concours International Organ Competition.

Visit Vincent Boucher – Organist’s website

Vincent Boucher – Excerpt of Concerto for organ in A minor, BWV 593 – III. Allegro

Performed on the Beckerath Organ in the Basilica during recording of the album Messes pour choeurs et orgues

Vincent Boucher – Daquin: Livre de Noëls