The Crypt of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal is ready to host two fabulous Holiday concerts !
Montreal’s iconic St. Joseph Oratory of Mount Royal, is the largest church in Canada and its dome basilica is the second-largest after Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
The Crypt Church
Snugly embedded into the mountain underneath the dome basilica, the Crypt Church with its oak woodwork, lighting fixtures, and elaborate ceiling arches is visually pleasing to the masses.
The church has a seating capacity of 1000 people and was constructed using Dalbé Viau and Alphonse Venne’s neoclassical design as part of a massive architectural ensemble.
The church is called a “crypt” due to its flattened arches as well as its position under the Basilica – which also allows for a sonorous venue to host various concerts.
L’Orchestre Classique de Montreal presents Handel’s Messiah next Tuesday Dec. 13th:
Join the OCM as they perform Handel’s most well-known and deeply emotive oratorio during this cherished OCM annual holiday event, filling the crypt of Saint Joseph’s Oratory with warmth and joy !
A remarkable quartet of well-known soloists will perform under the direction of Simon Rivard, along with the Montreal choirs: Les Chantres Musiciens and Les filles de l’île, led by Jacqueline Woodley and Julien Patenaude, respectively.
This performance honours the late maestro Gilbert Patenaude.
MESSIAH Music by G. F. Handel Lyrics by C. Jennens
This December 16th at 7:30 pm in the Crypt of St. Joseph’s Oratory the Ensemble Clavecin en concert in collaboration with the Ensemble Cochléa will perform their annual and cheerful Christmas concert with a Nativity theme.
On the program will be various French hymns and Christmas songs from a variety of nations that are easily recognized and traditionally sung with audience members.
Baritone Hugo Laporte and Rose Naggar-Tremblay – Contralto will be the featured soloists accompanied by the instrumental ensemble led by Luc Beauséjour
The vocal ensemble Cochléa, (which consists of four excellent voices) , will enhance the concert with expertly crafted musical arrangements.
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