Friday, March 8th, 2024 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 9th, 2024 – 4 pm
Sunday, March 10th, 2024 – 2:30 pm 
Bourgie Hall
1339, Sherbrooke West
Montréal, H3G 1G2

Bus Bus : 24 – stop De la Montagne
Métro Stations Guy-Concordia, Peel or Lucien-L’Allier


This concert proposes to (re)discover two contrasting Masses heard in France during the reigns of Louis XVI and of Napoleon. Composed by Mozart in 1791 on his deathbed at the behest of a mysterious character, his Requiem was triumphantly performed in Paris for the first time in 1804 in a slightly modified version conducted by Luigi Cherubini. To open our concert, we will perform the latter’s Marche funèbre (Funeral March) of 1820 for large orchestra, reminiscent in its dramatic weight of his colleague François-Joseph Gossec’s Marche lugubre for wind band and percussion composed thirty years earlier, which we will also perform. François Giroust, the last representative of the French grand motet, as you will hear in his moving Super flumina Babylonis of 1768, was commissioned to compose the music of the coronation mass for Louis XVI in 1775 at Reims Cathedral.

In collaboration with Arion Baroque Orchestra


Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842)
Marche funèbre (1820)

François Giroust (1737-1799)
Messe « Gaudete In Domino Semper » pour le sacre de Louis XVI (1775)*
Super flumina Babylonis (1767)*

François-Joseph Gossec (1734-1829)
Marche lugubre (1790)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Requiem en mineur (K 626) (version de Paris, 1804)**

* Scores edited by the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles
** Scores prepared by the Palazetto Bru Zane


Florie Valiquette, soprano
Sophie Naubert, mezzo sopranos
Nicholas Scott, tenor
Alexander Dobson, bass

Choir and orchestra

Mathieu Lussier, direction