Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 – 7 p.m. (live at Bourgie Hall)
Thursday, April 1st, 2021 – 7 p.m. (webcast and live at Bourgie Hall)
On Demand until Thursday, April 8th, 2021 – 7 p.m.
Bourgie Hall
1339, Sherbrooke West, Montreal
Métro Station Guy-Concordia / Métro Station Peel

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SUMMARY

The SMAM and Bourgie Hall dedicate this concert to the memory of the late Réjean Poirier, co-founder of the SMAM.

Written for Holy Week, the cycle Membra Jesu Nostri, which Dietrich Buxtehude composed in Lübeck in 1680, consists of seven short cantatas written to spiritual poems attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux. Each of the parts is a meditation on the wounds on the different parts of Christ’s crucified body, from the feet to the head. This work, written for the purpose of devotion, is a masterpiece of Lutheran music: the voices, violins, and violas da gamba come together in a variety of ways and with an expressive intensity that are altogether unique. 

In collaboration with Bourgie Hall

PROGRAM

The seven cantatas of Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu nostri (BuxWV 75) by Dietrich Buxtehude (1680)

Cantate I, Ad pedes
Cantate II, Ad genua
Cantate III, Ad manus
Cantate IV, Ad latus
Cantate V, Ad pectus
Cantate VI, Ad cor
Cantate VII, Ad faciem

Tribute to Réjean Poirier
Tarquinio Merula – Sonata Cromatica per organo

DISTRIBUTION

Marie Magistry and Stephanie Manias, soprano
Josée Lalonde, alto
Michiel Schrey, tenor
Normand Richard, bass

Tanya Laperrière, violin
Guillaume Villeneuve, violin
Susie Napper, Mélisande Corriveau et Marie-Laurence Primeau, viola da gamba
Christophe Gauthier, organ

Andrew McAnerney, direction