BACH FESTIVAL SERIES

November 5 to December 3, 2017

The greatest works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Every Sunday at 15:30, with live projection on giant screen – contributions gratefully accepted (Except November 21: $35 to $50, and November 26: 10 $).

PROGRAMMES DES CONCERTS ET BIOGRAPHIES DES ARTISTES

November 5 :  Franck Besingrand (France) document-pdf-icon
November 12 :  Patrick Wedd (Canada) document-pdf-icon
November 19 : Sacred works by Johann Sebastian Bach for choir and organ, with Joel Peters, organist and Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal Boys Choir, directed by Andrew Gray. In collaboration with Montreal Bach Festival.

 

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($) Tuesday November 21 : The Passion of St. John by Arvo Pärt St. Andrew et St. Paul Choir and Musical Ensemble, directed by Jean-Sébastien Vallée, with Vincent Boucher, organist and Gilles Cantagrel as speaker. In collaboration with the Montreal Bach FestivalTickets on sale online from $35 $ – $50 (including taxes and service fees) as well as at the door on the night of the event. In the Crypt Church at 19:30.

 

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($) November 26 : Young Organ Masters. Alcée Chris III, 2017 Bach Gérard-Coulombe Laureate of the Canadian Internation Organ Competiotion and Gilles Cantagrel as speaker. In collaboration with the Montreal Bach FestivalTickets on sale online for $10 (including taxes and service fees) as well as at the door on the night of the event. In the Basilica at 15:30.

 

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December 3 : Christmas at the Bachs’, with Vincent Boucher, organist and the McGill Cappella Antica Ensemble, directed by Jean-Sébastien Vallée, narrated by Albert Millaire and animated by Gilles Cantagrel. document-pdf-icon

2017-18 Sunday Concerts Series

 50 free concerts featuring 42 reknowned organists from over 8 countries and 800 singers and instrumentalists
Cathedral Music – July 2 to October 29
Montreal Bach Festival – November 5 to December 3
Noëls at the Organ 2017 – December 10 to December 31
Nouvellegeneration.orgue – January 7 to February 25 2018
Montréal musique sacrée – March 4 to April 29 2018
Cultures in Spring – May 6 to June 24 2018
Summer Concerts – July 1 to September 23 2018

VINCENT BOUCHER, TITULAR ORGANIST

« 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