Saturday, april 27th, 2024 – 7:30 pm
Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
400 Rue Saint-Paul Est
Montréal, H2Y 1H4

Bus Bus : 170, 350, 355, 358, 363, 364, 365, 445
Métro Station Champs-de-Mars


As part of the commemoration of the 175 years since the Montreal Parliament was burned down, Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex, in collaboration with Marguerite-Bourgeoys Historic Site, is proposing a concert to reminisce on this event and that
period in the history on Montréal.

Throughout this concert, listeners will discover music heard in the province, from New France to the 19 th century, including works from France, Great Britain, the first local compositions, and a few religious songs conserved among the Abenaki nation. You will also hear the works of Handel and Haydn that were performed during the Grand Concert of October 5 th 1843 at St. Anne’s market, the very place that would become Montréal’s Parliament from 1844 to 1849.

Take a plunge into the 19th century and discover the musical universe of Montréal of this historical period.

In collaboration with


Charles-Amador Martin (1648-1711)
Prose de la Sainte Famille in musical plainsong
(the most ancient classical composition in Québec)

Anonymes français et Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy (1601-1675)
Four motets from the Abenaki mission of Saint-Francois-de-Sales (Odanak)
O quam suavis
(in abenaki – or Wôbanakiak)
            Ave Maria (in abenaki)
            Inviolata (en latin)
            Ego sum panis (Geoffroy; in latin)

Anonymes français
Two compositions for organ in B flat major, from the Livre d’Orgue de Montréal, a manuscript brought to Montréal by Jean Girard (1696-1765), organist and music master at Notre-Dame church.
            Human voice

French Anonyme and Artus aux Cousteaux (ca. 1590-1656)
Two motets for the Vêpres du Petit Séminaire
            Antienne Beata es Maria (ursulines, ca.1700)
            Magnificat du 2e ton (aux Cousteaux)

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Numbers played during the Grand Concert on October 5th 1843 at St-Anne’s Market, Montréal
            Messiah overture (Handel)
            Accompanied recitative « Comfort Ye » and air « Every valley », from the Messiah
            Choir « Heavens are telling », from The Creation (Haydn)
            Accompanied recitative « Oh worse than death » and air « Angels ever bright and fair », from Theodora (Handel)
            Air « With verdure clad », from The Creation (Haydn)
            Choir « Hallelujah », from Messiah


Marie Magistry, soloist soprano
Josée Lalonde, alto
Haitham Haidar, soloist tenor
John Giffen, bass

Noémy Gagnon-Lafrenais, violin 1
Julie Rivest, violin 2
Jacques-André Houle, alto
Amanda Keesmaat, cello
Christophe Gauthier, organ

Andrew McAnerney, conductor