Two high-flying concerts for the 55th anniversary of the SMCQ !

The Société de musique contemporaine du Québec is an institution that has been at the heart of musical creativity and keeping contemporary music alive in Quebec since 55 years! 

To commemorate their 55th anniversary , two high-flying concerts are to be held Tuesday December 14th and Wednesday the 15th at Salle Pierre Mercure in Montreal Qc.

These concerts will bring together the first generation of composers with the new ones, who wish to pursue the dream of living to the rhythm of current music.

Concert 1 – Three orchestral pieces performed by the next generation

December 14th – Aujourd’hui et Demain ( Today and Tommorrow)

Performed by the Philharmonic orchestra of Montrel Musicians (OPMEM) led by maestro Philippe Menard

  • Keiko Devaux: A perte de vue… (2018) for grand orchestra
  • Andre Hamel: L’ Absurde travail ( creation, 1988) for orchestra
  • Steven Gellman: Universe Symphony ( 1986) for grand orchestra

Concert 2 – Back to basics: the inaugural concert

The SMCQ’s inaugural concert programme will be repeated 55 years to the day after its initial presentation. This event, which confirmed Quebec’s entry into musical modernity, revealed the talent of great composers.

December 15th – Hier et Demain ( Yesterday and Tomorrow)

Performed by the SMCQ ensemble: Percussion Sixtrum led by guest conductor: Jean-Michael Lavoie

Marie-Annick Beliveau, mezzo-soprano

Louise-Andree Baril , piano l Francis Perron, piano l Pamela Reimer , piano

  • Pierre Boulez: Structures, 2nd book (1961) for two pianos
  • R. Murray Schafer : Loving (toi) 1966 , for soprano, piano ( celestra), 6 percussions, double bass and fixed medium
  • Petar Klanac: Yerushalayim ( creation) for ensemble
  • Bruce Mather : Fantaisie ( 1964) for piano
  • Serge Garant : Anerca ( 1963) for soprano and ensemble

As artistic director of the SMCQ , Walter Boudreau says:

The 55th anniversary of the founding of the SMCQ is a very special occasion. It marks the creation of an organization entirely dedicated to musical creation, that was desired and financially backed by the government.”

… We planned both concerts to pay homage to our musical past, present and future.

“The future is there before us , rich in possibilities and discoveries…exactly the same as it was in 1966 at our inauguration concert!”

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Maestro Philippe Menard takes a bow
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Hier et Demain

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 7:30 pm


Salle Pierre-Mercure – Centre Pierre-Péladeau

300, boulevard de Maisonneuve Est / métro Berri-UQAM


*** It is advisable to arrive at least an hour before the performance to ensure your vaccination passport has time to be scanned.