La Passione secondo Giovanni live on Radio Maria

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.

The service was broadcast live on Radio Maria, the world-wide Italian international radio. The Montréal programming can be listened to online HERE or via the Radio Maria mobile app.

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Insignia granted by the Canadian Heraldic Authority

I have been granted and assigned a Coat of Arms, Crest, Motto and Badge by the Canadian Heraldic Authority, reflecting my work as composer and organist as well as my cultural background. Special thanks to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette.

2 performances, radio appearance

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.

Concert at Providence St-Joseph

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.

5th Lenten Interlude commissioned

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).

R. Gendreau letter

4th Lenten interlude commissioned

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!