Classical Christmas concerts burst

Art 5 December, 2016

violons-roy-bernard-labadieNo less than fifty concerts and Christmas shows are showing in December in Montreal and the surrounding area. Whether your mood is to the party or to meditation, here are our suggestions for all tastes and all budgets.

The must

This year, music lovers have the opportunity four times rather than to hear this great must-what The Messiah by Handel. The Polyphonic Choir of Montreal launched Sunday dance at the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral. Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie recur on December 10, 19 h 30 at the Maison symphonique. The 13 to 19 h 30, it was the turn of the McGill Chamber Orchestra at St. Andrew and St. Paul church. 14, Symphony Laval loop the loop with the Orchestre Petits Chanteurs de Laval and the Atelier Lyrique of the Opéra de Montreal at the Salle André-Mathieu, 30 to 19 h.


The mission of the Symphony Orchestra of the Agora, founded by the young Nicolas Ellis, assistant conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, is to put music in the service of good causes. For the holidays, he invites the public to a free concert by offering viewers to make a voluntary contribution which will be fully given to Moisson Québec. In addition, spectators will be invited to sing some popular tunes with the orchestra. With France Bellemare, soprano, and Jacques Boucher, organist, and the Choir of the music faculty of the University of Montreal.

On December 9, at 19 am, Church of St. John the Baptist

the traditional

No instrument underlines Christmas more majestically than the organ. The organist François Zeitouni revived nine years the tradition that his teacher, Raymond Daveluy had established when he was organist at St. Joseph’s Oratory: to play the Twelve Christmas organ of Louis-Claude Daquin in holidays. This year, the recital will be given to the memory of the great organist and composer Québec disappeared in September, who brought this work to Montreal audiences.

December 11, 15 pm, Church of the Gesu

the grand

Another great holiday: the ballet The Nutcracker . Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal offer their lavish production adored the public December 10 to 30 at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. Another production more modest but no less magical, featuring 80 West Ballet School children in Montreal, was presented today at 14 h and 19 h 30, and tomorrow at 14 am at Centre Pierre-Péladeau.


the family

Designed to please the whole family on Christmas symphonic tale Mages offers viewers an incursion in the Middle Ages with a story inspired by ancient writings, mixing historical facts and poetic fiction invented by Dom Minier, a monk at the abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac. Bruno Pelletier, Corneliu Montano, Guy Nadon, chorus and orchestra of Joseph-François Perreault school.

From 16 to 22 December at the Notre-Dame Basilica

the Baroque

We can not spend the holidays without hearing the Christmas Oratorio of JS Bach. This year, I Musici is that we offer the second part, the cantatas IV, V and VI, BWV 248, as part of the complete Bach cantatas Bourgie Hall. With soloists Mireille Lebel, Jacques-Olivier Chartier and Stephen Hegedus, under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni, with the participation of the choir of the Early Music Studio of Montreal.

December 17 at 15 pm and 18-14 pm, Salle Bourgie


the unifying

The vocal quartet a cappella Quartom this Christmas Quartom , with the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal. They will perform Christmas songs in the world in several languages, arranged in their own way and with their usual humor, reconnecting with their roots, since two members of the quartet were themselves part of the most famous children’s choir from Quebec .

On December 18 at 15 pm at the Saint-Esprit de Rosemont church

The operatic

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra presents a short version of Christmas night , opera by Rimsky-Korsakov, with the excellent soprano Hélène Guilmette and the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, under the direction of Kent Nagano. Also on the program, other works of Russian composers, including Ringing the bells of Leontovych and Snow falls , Sviridov.

14 and December 16, 20 pm, Symphony House

The winter

The Orchestre Métropolitain resumes his tour of the districts with the soloist in residence, harpist Valérie Milot, under the direction of conductor Julian Kuerti, in a romantic composers program flavored Christmas, including the famous Suite Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky and harp Concerto Glière, whose style recalls Tchaikovsky ballet music.

Five concerts in the districts from 13 to 17 December and the 18-15 pm at the Maison symphonique

the party animal

After a break of six years, Uncle Serge and metal group Anonymus present hell Celebrations , on tour across Quebec from 26 to 30 December. Songs from their respective albums can be heard, The Academy of the massacre and barbarous music , and a new piece stripper in decorations and costumes quite in the holiday spirit in their own way.