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Cantabile Chorale presents
Sunday April 22, music lovers will have a unique opportunity to experience the birth of a new original work. The Journey, composed by the choir’s long-standing artistic director Peter Willsher. The music is scored for orchestra, full four-part choir and two soloists, soprano and baritone.
The work is about Faith, Hope and Love, written for the composer’s three children. It was a long time in the making, Willsher writes in his program notes. “I have written this from the heart and it is a real labour of love.”
The music represents a river, in the sense that a river could be seen as a reflection of a life, the composer says. “When it first emerges it is a little babbling brook, quickly gaining speed and playing energetically over the rocky riverbed. It becomes pensive, and begins to slow down, with the occasional interruptive rapids, but eventually matures into a strong, supportive and useful body of water, ultimately reaching its end and becoming one with the ocean. The words are written as a reflection of what I have seen in the world, and what we as parents have tried to be for our children—and they are indubitably our greatest success.”
Also on the program are Smetana’s Moldau and the angelic and lyrical Faure Requiem.
The concert begins at 3pm. Tickets $20/15 students and seniors. Info: (514) 634-1275
To hear Peter Willsher’s music, visit www.peterwillsher.com, www.myspace.com/willshermusic and www.myspace.com/willshermusic1

Pro Musica goes for Baroque
One of today’s most creative Baroque ensembles, Il Giardino Armonico will perform as part of Pro Musica at Place-des-Arts’ Théâtre Maisonneuve April 30. Born in Milan in 1985 under the influence of present director and recorder and flute player Giovani Antonini, the ensemble is composed of young graduates from some of Europe’s leading colleges of music.
Among the musicians, who all specialize in period music are Enrico Onofri and Marco Bianchi on violin, Stefano Barneschi on violin and viola, cellist Paolo Beschi, harpsichordist Riccardo Doni, Giancarlo De Frenza on double bass, Luca Pianca on lute and Antonini on recorder.
As an ensemble, they have been recognized for their special freshness of tone and for their variety of coloristic nuances. The Salzburger Nachrichten wrote of their interpretation of the Four Seasons that “Vivaldi has come back to life, as young and fresh as on the day the piece was composed.”
The April 30 program, offering a mostly Italian Baroque repertoire, includes Guerrieri’s Sonata La Pietra, for 2 violins, cello and continuo, Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor for sopranino recorder, strings and continuo, Purcell’s Pavane in G minor and Three parts upon a ground for 3 violins and continuo. Other works to be performed include pieces by Rosenmüller, Telemann, Nardini and Goldberg.
The concert is at 7:30 pm at the Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place-des-Arts, 175 Ste-Catherine W.  Tickets are $40 to $60, or $160 for the cocktail and concert.  Info: (514) 842-2112 or 1-800-361-4595.

Tune in this April
Jazz & Justice presents Nancy Walker Quartet at the Unitarian Church of Montreal April 14 at 8 pm.
Info: (514) 251-1777.

Lakeshore Chamber Music Society Annual Student Concert at Union Church April 15 at 2 pm. Info: (514) 457-5280 or (514)457-5756.

Yegor Dyachkov and Friends at the Old Brick Church, Saturday April 21 at 8 pm, Sunday April 22 at 3 pm.
Info: (450) 263-2346.

Medieval music group Les Jongleurs de la Mandragore at the Maison de la Culture VSMPE April 21 at 8 pm. Info: (514) 440-9788

Lakeshore Concert Band Gala Concert at St. Joachim Church April 14 at 8 pm. Info: (514) 428-0636

Songs and prayers of Taize with Johanne Patry at Centre Unitas, Friday April 13 and 27. Info: (514) 485-0009.

St. George’s Anglican Church presents Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra playing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Tuesday, May 1, 1101 Stanley. Info: (514) 866-7113.

McGill U Faculty of Music presents:
• Jazz Orchestra & Chamber Wind Group at Pollack Hall April 10, 8 pm.
• McGill Early Music Ensembles at Redpath Hall April 11 at 8 pm.
• McGill Staff & Guests at Pollack Hall April 12 at 8 pm.
• Doctoral Recital with Sarah Steinert, Mezzo Soprano, at Pollack Hall April 30 at 4 pm.
• Master’s Recital with pianist Yee Kit Lo at Pollack Hall April 30 at 8 pm.
Performance Examination Recitals at Pollack, Redpath and Tanna Schulich Halls,  April 12 - 30. (514) 398-4547. 


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