Renaissance and Baroque Concert Thursday night in Verdun

By Tracey Arial

La Cigale will perform at the Church of the Epiphany, 4322 Wellington, on Thursday, May 29, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
“The May 29 concert is called La Cigale en Concerto and features our expanded ensemble, the La Cigale baroque orchestra,” said the group’s artistic director, Madeleine Owen. “We’ll be a dozen musicians playing baroque instruments: recorder, violins, viola da gamba, archlute and theorbo, baroque harp, harpsichord, baroque oboe and bassoon as well as the mandolin.”

La Cigale includes four main players, although several other musicians join them for special concerts like the one taking place in Verdun this week. All of the participants play Renaissance and Baroque period instruments to period and modern arrangements. The group has been around since 2006, but is better known on the Plateau than elsewhere in Montreal.

This year, they made a special effort to move around the city to attract new audiences. The group’s harp player, Sara Lackie, lives in Verdun, so she found the Church of the Epiphany concert venue. Two previous concerts in the venue got great audiences, says Owen. According to her, Verdun audiences have been very welcoming and the venue has a great sound.

The performance this week will be larger and even more lively than their previous concerts.
“The programme is up-beat and energetic,” said Owen. “It features some well-known baroque favorites: a double concerto by Vivaldi and Corelli’s Folia (but in our own, special arrangements) as well as less-known pieces: an oboe sonata by Josep Pla and a mandolin concerto by Luigi Lamberti.”

For more information or tickets, visit La Cigale’s website.
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