On February 5, 2020, I presented and performed my cycle Interludes pour orgue at the Lenten liturgical session of the Diocese of Montréal, where I also did the musical animation with Jean-Pierre Couturier. The session took place at the Sanctuaire Marie-Reine-des-Coeurs.
A complete recording can be heard HERE. Note that it was made with a handheld device close to the organ. Occasionally the bass notes are not well heard and some distortion is audible at times.
On Saturday, January 25th 2020, at 7h30 PM, my work “Noodling along”, op. 44 for trumpet was performed at Chiang Mai by Jakaphan Chaiya at the the Chian Mai Contemporary Music Ensemble concert at Payap University, Thailand. Special thanks to artistic director, Dr Gina Ryan, and to the Canadian Embassy in Thailand.
On Friday, December 20th 2019 at 19h30 I accompanied the choir at the soon-to-be largest senior citizens’ residence in Canada, Les Marronniers, a 30-person groupe conducted by Sara Beaudet, named beautifully “Coeur (sic!) des Marronniers”. Marie-Hélène Rondot (sic), founder of the School of Music Marie Harmonie performed on the violin. I played a what is now for me a rare solo as pianist: Mozart’s variations in C major “Ah, vous dirai-je maman”, K.265/300e.
On Friday, December 13th 2019 at 19h30 and on Sunday, December 15 2019 at 15h I performed two concerts with Le Choeur Alarica under the baton of Aldéo Jean and together with seven other instrumentalists at the Paroisse de la Visitation in Montréal. The programme included works by Bach, Cable, Gilespie and Courtney among others.
On Sunday, December 8th at 14h30, the Italian choir of Maria Ausiliatrice presented its annual Christmas Concert. Special thanks to all the sponsors that made the event happen, including the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Lieutenant for Québec, and Marc Tanguay, member of the provincial parliament.
As per our custom, I alternated conducting and organ playing with Jean-Pierre Couturier. Soloists were Luigi Insognia (tenor), Jean-Pierre Couturier (baritone), and Bartolomeo Marsillo (accordeon).
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Zonta International, as part of the worldwide celebrations and events, the Chapter of District 30 published a bilingual book containing the biography of 100 women who have influenced history and helped the advancement of women. I am honored to be included in the collection, together with female anti-slavery leaders, at least two sgaints, two nobel laureates and a queen, a number of poets and artists.
DISCLAIMER: I did not approve the text and the biography published is at least 10 years out of date. There are factual mistakes. My mother is a Thracologist, not an archaeologist.
On 14. X 2019, during the annual study day of LAUDEM, the Association of Liturgical Musicians of Canada, Gabrielle Tessier gave a conference on organ repertoire suitable for liturgy and concert and officially presented the recently completed commissioning project Organ Interludes. The cycle that I composed took over a year to realize and is supported by five sponsors:
- Hélène Paul, art sponsor
- His Excellency Monseigneur Lionel Gendron, bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil
- The Vital Organ Project
- Christian Lane, organist
- Rev. Robert Gendreau, director of Pastoral Services at the Diocese of Montréal
The run-through of Interlude IV that took place during the conference, can be seen HERE
The score is now available at the Canadian Music Centre and can be ordered HERE