Celebrating the Timeless Legacy of André Gagnon: Musical Brilliance and Emotional Resonance

In a poignant tribute marking the third anniversary of the passing of the esteemed Canadian pianist and composer André Gagnon, an enchanting musical evening unfolded yesterday , December 3rd at Place des Arts’ Théâtre Maisonneuve.

Stéphane Aubin with his orchestra

Attendees were treated to a mesmerizing showcase of Gagnon’s masterpieces, expertly re-imagined and performed by the brilliant pianist and arranger, Stéphane Aubin, renowned for his work with productions such as “Belles-sœurs” and “Quartango.”

Stéphane Aubin’s virtuosity on the piano breathed new life into Gagnon’s classics, including “Wow,” , “Neige,” and ” Un Piano Sur La Mer

The event transcended mere musical celebration, as it seamlessly integrated excerpts from beloved movies, TV series, and even a dedicated suite of songs taken from the iconic French musical based on the life of Canadian poet “Émile Nelligan.”

Émile Nelligan remains an iconic figure in Quebec culture and was considered by Edmund Wilson to be the greatest Canadian poet in any language.

Adding a layer of theatrical magic to the evening was the incomparable singer Kathleen Fortin, known for her roles in “Unité 9,” “Demain matin, Montréal m’attend,” and “Belles-sœurs.”

Fortin graced the stage with her exceptional vocal prowess, delivering intense and emotionally charged renditions of excerpts from the opera “Nelligan” and surprising the audience with unforeseen delights.

The synergy between Stéphane Aubin and Kathleen Fortin, accompanied by the skilled orchestra, created a moving experience that resonated with the depth and richness of André Gagnon’s compositions.

First violinist and soloist Antoine Bareil

Antoine Bareil, the orchestra’s first violinist delivered a virtuosic solo performance of the ‘Petit Concerto pour Jean Carignan.’ This composition marks the serendipitous collaboration of two musical giants, André Gagnon and Jean Carignan, seamlessly blending classical and traditional elements throughout its movements. The spirited rhythm of the rigadon captivated the audience, leaving them in awe with each resounding note.

The Théâtre Maisonneuve served as the perfect backdrop for this two-hour journey through Gagnon’s musical legacy, punctuated by a brief, but well-placed intermission of 20 minutes.

Produced and presented by the esteemed Agence Station Bleue, the evening was a testament to the enduring impact of André Gagnon’s work and the remarkable talents of Stéphane Aubin and Kathleen Fortin.

The audience was left with a profound appreciation for the beauty and emotional resonance embedded in Gagnon’s timeless creations.

For those who had the privilege of attending, it was more than a concert; it was a shared moment of cultural significance and artistic brilliance.

Details of the event :

  • Venue: Théâtre Maisonneuve
  • Producer/Distributor: Agence Station Bleue
  • Duration: 2 hours, including a 20-minute intermission
  • Featuring: Stéphane Aubin and Kathleen Fortin