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Festival 2023

September 29 to October 1,  2023

19th Season

Festival Concerts

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J.S. Bach Concertos

Ensemble L'Harmonie des Saison

Friday, September 29, 2023, 7:30 p.m. 

Brunton Auditorium, Sackville NB

As part of the Sackville Festival of Early Music, the JUNO Award-winning baroq
ue ensemble L’Harmonie des saisons will offer their programme of J. S. Bach Concertos from their latest CD release, featuring established Québec artists in prominent solo roles as they recreate seldom-heard masterworks in an evening concert. Eric Milnes directs the ensemble from the harpsichord, featuring soloists Julia Wedman and Jessy Dubé, violins, and Matthew Jennejohn, oboe d’amore and oboe. Mélisande Corriveau, will engage in a pre-concert talk, prepare, and deliver bilingual (French and English) programme notes.

Performers: Eric Milnes, harpsichord and direction; Matthew Jennejohn, baroque oboe and oboe d'amore; Julia Wedman and Jessy Dubé, solo violinists; Guilaume Villeneuve et Marie Nadeau-Tremblay, violins; Hélène Plouffe, viola; Mélisande Corriveau, cello; Pierre Cartier, double bass.

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Ensemble Constantinople

Saturday, September 30, 2023, 7:30 p.m. 

Brunton Auditorium, Sackville NB

Ensemble Constantinople (Kiya Tabassian, director), presents a programme of early Indigenous musics from multiple geographical locations entitled Breathings.

Constantinople will join with Mi’kmaq singer Darlene Gijuminag, and Iqaluit throat singer Celina Kalluk to perform music appropriate to reflection on the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Breathings is a celebration of our intimate relationship with nature, a concert that places the breath at the centre of the musical act. The pulsing of a heartbeat and the human voice in all its forms are breath-related phenomena that will serve to guide Constantinople’s musicians and their guests from indigenous communities from both here and abroad in this new creation.

Celina Kalluk will use her singular vocal technique to evoke the people and traditions of her Iqaluit region. Heir to a living indigenous tradition that finds its source in the sounds of nature, Darlene Gijuminag will perform Mi’kmaq vocalizations and prayers. Their voices will be joined by the Persian melismatic stylings and songs of Kiya Tabassian, completing this meeting between three bearers of ancestral traditions, who invite the audience to take part in their dialogue about past, present and future.

​Performers: Darlene Gijuminag (Mi’kmaq singer and drummer), Celina Kalluk (throat singer), Kiya Tabassian (director; setar), Kianoush Khalilian (ney), Patrick Graham (percussion), Didem Basar (kanun), Etienne Lafrance (double bass).

The ensemble will prepare and deliver bilingual (French and English) programme notes and give a live in-person performance. This historically informed performance of indigenous musics from different cultures will take place at the Brunton Auditorium, Sackville NB on SAT September 30 at 7:30pm. This programming supports ongoing efforts towards Truth and Reconciliation nation-wide.

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L’Harmonie des saisons

Sunday, October 1, 2022, 3:00 p.m. 

Brunton Auditorium, Sackville NB

Featuring Italian music from the early seventeenth century, which will be open to both the university and Tantramar region communities.

Celebrating the new purchase of a continuo organ, we are delighted to present a concert that features the Klopp organ in a small chamber setting. With the programme Sprezzatura!, L'Harmonie des saisons principals Melisande Corriveau, Matthew Jennejohn, Julia Wedman, and Eric Milnes explore the extraordinary repertoire that marked the beginnings of the genre of instrumental chamber music that became known as the Trio Sonata during the Baroque Period. Composers in Italy at the beginning of the 17th century (Salamone Rossi, Biagio Marini and Giovanni Buonamente) were creating a new art form that would conquer Europe and extend its predominance through the end of the 18th century!  The multi-instrumentalists will be featured on baroque violin, treble viol, recorder, cornetto, cello, harpsichord, and organ.

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Ticket Prices per Concert:

Adults $25

Seniors (+65 years) $20

Students FREE

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Educational Outreach Activites

L’Harmonie des saisons will offer a public lecture-recital for Mount Allison University students and the general community as part of the Music Department’s Colloquium Musicum series. We will invite francophone students of Université de Moncton to join free-of-charge for all concerts and this public lecture. Eric Milnes will provide a short demonstration and workshop for students on using the new continuo organ. L’Harmonie des saisons will present three exciting outreach presentations as part of our community outreach program to francophone and anglophone schools (in south-eastern New Brunswick and north-eastern Nova Scotia). We will introduce the instruments of the J. S.
Bach Concertos programme and demonstrate key aspects of Baroque styles to Tantramar

© 2023 Sackville Festival of Early Music created by Shawn Bostick

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