47th Annual Abbey Bach Festival
Friday, July 27, 2018
Program and Artists subject to change.
6 PM Abbey Church
Bach Cantata Choir, Ralph Nelson Director
In addition to composing and teaching, Ralph is Choir Director at First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Portland and Director of the Holladay Park Plaza Singers.
8 PM Damian Center
Pentaedre, woodwind quintet
Strongly committed to refreshing the classical concert concept, Pentaèdre crosses the borders between artistic disciplines and reintegrates performing arts into the concert: musicians become complete artists by performing with dancers, actors, mimes or singers. Their 4 to 7 concerts season may thus include researches, transcriptions, creations, guest ensembles or artists (piano, singers, strings), collaborations or exchanges, works for young audiences as well as staging challenging interdisciplinary projects.
Pentaèdre has worked with such renowned guest artists such as tenors Christoph Prégardien and Rufus Muller, baritones Russell Braun and Phillip Addis, soprano Karina Gauvin and pianists Naida Cole, David Jalbert and Iwan Llewelyn-Jones, while pursuing collaborations with chamber ensembles like Penderecki String Quartet, Molinari Quartet, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet and I Musici de Montréal. The ensemble has toured extensively across Canada, and also in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.
Their chamber version CD by Normand Forget of Schubert’s Winterreise, was awarded the CD of the Year 2008 Opus Prize – Classical, Romantic, Postromantic, Impressionist Music by the Conseil Québécois de la Musique, and received the exceptional Stern des Monats/Star of the Month from German magazine Fono Forum. They have received excellent reviews for their innovative shows L’amour est un opéra muet and A Chair in Love, and an Opus Prize for Best Concert of the Year, Present, Contemporary, Electro-Acoustic Music in 2002.
Among recent performances were concerts in Belgium, Germany and Israel of a chamber version of Schubert’s Winterreise (by Normand Forget) with tenor Christoph Prégardien ; the stage version première of John Metcalf’s opera A Chair in Love at Cardiff and Swansea Opera Houses (10 concerts in Wales and Ireland); L’amour est un opéra muet (from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte) with the mime company Omnibus; Numerous shows for young audiences.
The ensemble has recorded 6 CDs and performed more that 25 premières including commissions to Quebec composers such as Ana Sokolovic, Denis Gougeon or Denis Dion. Their season concerts are regularly broadcast on Radio-Canada and CBC.
Pentaèdre is ensemble in residency at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.