St. James United Church


March 21
7:30 p.m.

Conducted by
Jean-François Rivest
Julie Triquet,
violin (I Musici member)
Christophe Gauthier,
Chœur Voces Boreales &
Andrew Gray, conductor
± 96 minutes of music
plus intermission

Presented in collaboration with the Voces Boreales chamber choir, this concert will take you on a deeply moving global journey through centuries of musical traditions. The concert will begin with one of the most famous organ preludes and fugues and the great Violin Concerto BWV 1052R by Bach. In a surprising move, a work for digital music and strings will be written by French-Canadian composer Robert Normandeau. Te Deum by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt will be presented in the second half of the concert. It is one of the most significant and surprising choral works in the repertoire. Get ready for a unique trip to the heart of a vast, deep soundscape!

– Jean-François Rivest

Thursday, March 21
7:30 p.m.

St-James Church


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Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E-flat Major, “St. Anne,” BWV 552 16′
Durée: approx. 16 minutes

Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052R
Duration: approx. 22 minutes


L’Enchantement (digital music and strings)
Duration: approx. 15 minutes


Cantata BWV 146, 2. Chorus: “Wir müssen durch viel Trübsa”
Duration: approx. 7 minutes 30 seconds


Te Deum for mixed chorus, prepared piano, tape, and strings
Duration: approx. 35 minutes

Julie Triquet

Julie Triquet
Solo violin


Julie Triquet began her violin studies at the tender age of three under Claude Létourneau. She went on to study at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec and has since received three annual professional development grants from the Canada Council for the Arts to study under David Cerone and Aaron Rosand at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. While in Philadelphia, Julie Triquet received the coveted Sylva-Gelber Music Foundation Award presented by the Canada Council for the Arts. In 1982, Julie won first prize at the OSM Standard Life Competition. This award paved the way for subsequent appearances with the best orchestras in Quebec, with which Julie distinguished herself as a soloist. Further recognition of her exceptional talent and passion for chamber music came in 1988, when Julie was named first violin with the Arthur-Leblanc Quartet, then in residence at the Université de Moncton, New Brunswick. From 1993 to 1998, Julie served as co-solo violin with Les Violons du Roy of Québec City. In September 2012, she was appointed solo violin with the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal. Julie Triquet plays a Giuseppe Odoardi 1786 violin generously loaded by Mr. David B. Sela.


Christophe Gauthier

Christophe Gauthier


Bio to come…

Voces Boreales Choir

Voces Boreales choir, Andrew Gray


Formed in 2006, the elite choir Voces Boreales has established itself as an important presence in the Canadian music landscape. Through performance, commissioning of new works, education and outreach, the ensemble raises awareness of the culture and rich tradition of choral music. Voces Boreales has built a solid reputation of artistic excellence, virtuosity, and adventurousness, prompting many meaningful collaborations with guests such as Quebec poet Hélène Dorion, Bozzini Quartet, Quasar, Bradyworks, Flûte Alors!, and Architek Percussion. The ensemble has performed at several prestigious events such as Festival de Lanaudière, Festival Bach Montréal, and Festival Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques. In 2019 and 2022, Voces Boreales was nominated four times for the Conseil Québécois de la musique Opus Awards, acknowledging and encouraging excellence in Québec’s classical music community. 

Voces Boreales is produced by the Montreal Choral Institute. 


Robert Normandeau

Robert Normandeau


His work as a composer is mainly devoted to acousmatic music, although he composed some mixed works. More specifically, his compositions employ esthetical criteria whereby he creates a ‘cinema for the ear’ in which ‘meaning’ as well as ‘sound’ become the elements that elaborate his works. More recently Robert Normandeau composed a cycle of works of immersive multiphonic music for a dome of loudspeakers. Along with concert music he has composed, for a period of twenty years, incidental music especially for the theatre. 

He has been Professor in electroacoustic music composition at Université de Montréal between 1999 and 2023 after completing the first DMus in Electroacoustic Composition (1992), under Marcelle Deschênes and Francis Dhomont. He leads the Groupe de recherche immersion spatiale (Spatial Immersion Research Group, GRIS), which produces sound spatialization software. 

Robert Normandeau is an award winner of numerous international competitions, including Ars Electronica, Linz (Austria, 1993, Golden Nica in 1996), Bourges (France, 1986, ’88, ’93), Fribourg (Switzerland, 2002), Luigi Russolo, Varese (Italy, 1989, ’90), Métamorphoses, Brussels (Belgium, 2002, ’04), Musica Nova, Prague (Czech Republic, 1994, ’95, ’98, 2012, ’13), Noroit-Léonce Petitot, Arras (France, 1991, ’93), Phonurgia Nova, Arles (France, 1987, ’88), Stockholm (Sweden, 1992), and Giga-Hertz (Karlsruhe, 2010). 

Julie Triquet plays on a Giuseppe Odoardi 1726 violin, generously loaned by Mr. David B. Sela. 
Christian Prévost plays on a Rafelle and Antonio Gagliano violin, Naples (ca.18xx) and a Jean Joseph Martin bow (ca.1880), kindly lent by CANIMEX.
Amélie Benoit Bastien plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, Paris, ca. 1845, number 1672, Stradivarius model and a Eugène Sartory bow, Paris, ca. 1935, courtesy of CANIMEX.  
Annie Guénette plays on a Josef Gagliano 1768 violin and a Lamy bow, generously loaned by CANIMEX. 
Tim Halliday plays the 2014 Kolia cello by Mira Gruszow and Gideon Baumblatt, generously on loan from Mr. David B. Sela.