Friday, March 8th 2019, 7:30 p. m.
Church of Saint-Léon-de-Westmount
4311 de Maisonneuve Blvd West, Westmount
Atwater Metro


On March 8, 2019, we will celebrate International Women’s Day with soprano Suzie LeBlanc as our guest conductor. She will lead an allwomen choir and instrumental ensemble: nine singers and nine instrumentalists, each group evoking the nine Muses. On the program, sacred works by great Italian female composers of the 16th and 17th centuries, including Eleonora d’Este—daughter of Lucrezia Borgia—, Isabella Leonarda, Raffaella Aleotti, and Margarita Cozzolani. As they could not hold official posts due to their gender, and because most of them worked in relative obscurity—several were nuns—, the quality of their work today comes as a revelation.

Listen the pre-concert conversation (Suzie LeBlanc / Rebecca Bain)


Leonora d’Este (1515-1575)
Sicut lilium
Haec Dies

Rafaella Aleotti (1575-1620)
Ego flos campi
Vidi speciosam

Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana (1590-1662) O Magnum mysterium
Catherina Assandra (1590-1618) Duo Seraphim
Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704) Sonata duodecima
Xavier Maria Perucona (c.1652-1709) Cessate tympana


Choir and Instruments
Suzie LeBlanc, Guest conductor