Sunday, November 3rd 2019, 3 p. m.
Church of Saint-Léon de Westmount
4311 de Maisonneuve Blvd West, Westmount
Atwater Station


Open invitation: everyone who has sung with the SMAM is invited to join the choir for the performance of Monteverdi’s Lauda Jerusalem!

To celebrate its 45th anniversary, the SMAM is once again performing a few of the Italian masterpieces with which it firmly established its reputation early on. Some of the most beautiful motets written by Giovanni Gabrieli and Claudio Monteverdi will bookend the short but poignant oratorio Jephte, Giacomo Carissimi’s most well-known sacred history. The biblical hero had promised God he would sacrifice the first person he would see upon his return from the war, should he be victorious. But to his greatest misfortune, that person turned out to be his own daughter… The episodes briskly succeed one another, and after the celebration of victory and Jephte’s dismay, the work concludes with his beloved daughter’s sublime lamentation.

Listen the pre-concert conversation (Suzie LeBlanc and Dominique Lortie)

Listen the conversation about the 45th SMAM anniversary (Suzie LeBlanc and Dominique Lortie)


Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
Motet Laudate pueri à 8 voix en deux chœurs (Motettorum liber secundus, Venise, 1572)

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Agnus Dei de la Missa Ut re mi fa sol la à 6 voix (Missarum liber tertius, Rome, 1570)

Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612)
Motet Exaudi me Domine à 16 voix en quatre chœurs et basse continue [avec cornet et saqueboutes colla parte] (Symphoniæ sacræ II, 1615)

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Gloria in excelsis Deo à 7 voix, 2 violons et basse continue [avec cornet et saqueboutes colla parte] (Selva morale e spirituale, Venise, 1641)

Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674)
Oratorio Jephte pour solistes, chœur et basse continue (Rome, v.1648)

Claudio Monteverdi
Motet Beatus vir à 6 voix, 2 violons et basse continue [avec cornet et saqueboutes colla parte] (Selva morale e spirituale, Venise, 1641)

Claudio Monteverdi
Motet Lauda Jerusalem à 7 voix en deux chœurs, violons, cornet et saqueboutes colla parte et basse continue (Vespro della Beata Vergine, Venise, 1610)


Marie Magistry, soprano
Nils Brown, tenor
Normand Richard, bass-baritone

Choir and instruments

Andrew McAnerney, direction