On April 19, 2019 at 3 PM, I performed Jean-Pierre Couturier’s La Passione secondo Giovanni at the Good Friday service at Missione Maria Ausiliatrice. The other singers were Valérie Walker (voice II), Marie-Annick Béliveau (voice III) and the composer himself (voice IV). The work has been commercially recorded with my participation with a slightly different personnel and released by Disques Benedictus.
On April 14, 2019, at 2 PM, I participated in a round table at Casa del Popolo, organized by Canadian New Music Network / Réseau canadien pour les musiques nouvelles. SDr. rri Hron organized the event, focusing on diversity initiative and promotion. Participatants whom I know of include Isak Goldschneider and Liberté Anne (Lux Magna Festival)
On April 7, 2019 at 3 (3:30) PM, I performed a concert in Notre-Dame-de-la-Consolata, Montréal, together with singers Rev. Jean-Pierre Couturier, Marie-Annick Béliveau and Valérie Walker.
Two of my works were on the programme, Salve, Regina, for barytone and organ, and Vocalise 2, for three female singers and ostinato. I also played two organ préludes by Jehan Alain and sung in Walker’s Ave, Maria and Couturier’s La Passione secondo Giovanni.
15 minutes before the beginning of the concert, Jean-Pierre Couturier and I appeared live on Radio Maria together with Rev. Mario Neva to talk about the sacred music projects we are involved in. Radio Maria, a world-wide Catholic radio station, live streams in Italian in Montréal. You can listen to it online HERE (note: it is not 24 hours a day)
The concert was part of the 2019 Italian cultural series, organised and produced by Rev. Neva.
On March 25th 2019 at 14h30 I accompanied baritone Jean-Pierre Couturier at his solo concert at Providence Saint-Joseph in Montréal. I replaced another pianist who could not perform for health reasons. The repertoire included works by Bach, Gounod, Donizetti, as well as jazz standards and a rarely performed set by French composer Émile-Jean-Joseph Vuillermoz.
Rev. Robert Gendreau, Director of Liturgy Services at the Catholique Diocese of Montréal becomes the commissioner of the fifth Lenten organ work that I will compose to be used as a musical offering during Lent. It will be the last of five interludes that form a Lenten organ cycle project, an idea of Gabrielle Tessier, titular organist at the Cocathédrale Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue de Longueuil. The other supporters are art patron Hélène Paul (I), His Excellency Lionel Gendron, Bishop of the Diocèse de Saint-Jean-Longueuil (II), the Vital Organ Project (III, Graeme Shields & Tyler Jameson Pimm) and concert organist Christian Lane (IV).
The winner of the 2011 Canadian International Organ Competition and director of the Boston Organ Studio, Christian Lane, became the commissioner of a 4th Lenten interlude for organ. I am composing a set of 5 total, a liturgical new music project launched by Gabrielle Tessier. Christian Lane joins Hélène Paul (I),Mgr L. Gendron, bishop of Diocèse de Saint-Jean-Longueuil (II) and the Vital Organ Project (III). A fifth interlude awaits its champion!