Sunday, December 17, 2017, 4 p.m.
Corpus Christi Church
Suzie LeBlanc, soprano
Kiya Tabassian, director and setar
Vocal soloist and mixed instrumental ensemble from Montreal
Metamorfosi – Baroque Impressions
Suzie LeBlanc sings amorous madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi, Barbara Strozzi, Stefano Landi, and others, her lithe soprano voice backed up by an ensemble featuring the bold addition of setar and percussion. Interspersed are Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger’s quirky and imaginative instrumental pieces. To salute the season, music for the nativity rounds out this lively program.
“Poetry and music are carried by lightness and boldness on this new playing field…. The exceptional ensemble keeps on captivating audiences everywhere, and it is welcomed and praised by the critics as well as by the general public.” —Presto Classical
The ensemble is supported by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
Artist Bios and Program
Constantinople is the story of a musical ensemble that chose the journey as its cornerstone. It makes geographical journeys and also historical, cultural, and inner journeys. It seeks inspiration from all sources, aiming for distant horizons. Inspired by the ancient city that illuminates both East and West, the ensemble was founded in Montreal in 1998 as a forum for encounters and cross-fertilization. Since then, as seasoned travelers, the musicians of the ensemble have explored a wide range of musical avenues from medieval manuscripts to contemporary aesthetics, from the European traditions of the Mediterranean, to Eastern traditions, to New World Baroque.
Constantinople is regularly invited to international festivals, where it is acclaimed by the public, music professionals, and critics alike. It has performed on many of the world’s major stages, including Salle Pleyel (France), Berliner Philharmoniker (Germany), Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France), World Sacred Music Festival of Fez (Morocco), Festival d’Île de France (Paris), Onassis Centre (Athens), Festival de México en el Centro Histórico (Mexico), Festival de Lanaudière (Quebec), and Schwetzingen Festival (Germany).
Alongside tours in France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Iran, Cyprus, Morocco, Canada, United States and Mexico, Constantinople presents an annual concert season in Montreal that features its own creations. Constantinople’s popularity continues to grow.
Over the course of the decade, the Constantinople has created over 35 works and traveled to nearly 125 cities in 24 countries.
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