Free Christmas concert

The Montreal Chamber Music Festival’s Holiday Quartet and the Ville-Marie Montréal
Borough invite the population to a free Christmas concert on December 17 at Christ Church Cathedral downtown Montreal

Montreal, December 16, 2021 – In an effort to bring a dose of joy and fun to the heart of
downtown, the Borough of Ville-Marie Montreal invites Montrealers to come and
succumb to the magic of the Holiday season with the Montreal Chamber Music Festival’s
Holiday Quartet, who will present this free Christmas concert that will bring back our
fondest childhood memories, thanks to great classics by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Debussy
and Vivaldi, among others.

At 5:00 p.m. this Friday, December 17, at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, the first notes
of the famous Skaters’ Waltz will be played by violinists Julien Oberson and Jacob
Niederhoffer, along with violist Danielle Greene and cellist Ariel Carrabré, who will also
be playing various movements of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for String Orchestra and The
Nutcracker, as well as Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik with its allegro, rondo, minuet
and romance.

The same is true for one of Debussy’s works, La neige danse, taken from a suite for piano
that Debussy composed in 1906-1908 and dedicated to the child he had with his second
wife. A piece full of notes that swirl like snowflakes.
“This is an exceptional opportunity to begin the 2021-2022 Holiday season in an
atmosphere of joy, gaiety, fantasy and sweet comforting madness,” said Maestro Denis
Brott, who sees this as a nice gesture of thanks from the Ville-Marie-Montreal’s Borough
and a good excuse to get the downtown area back into the festive spirit during this time
of celebration, despite the never-ending pandemic! This concert, which will touch many,
will end with a masterful interpretation of the eternal O Holy Night by the composer
Adolphe Adam, whose interpretation, from 1843 to the present days, has constantly given
rise to numerous transcriptions for a wide variety of formations, ranging from simple
adaptations for solo instruments to full symphonic works with choir and organ.

Easily accessible by public transportation, or even by metro, this cathedral, located at 635
Sainte-Catherine Street West, above the Promenades de la Cathédrale, will offer a clever
mix of atmospheres inspired by a neo-gothic style but, on the other hand, resolutely
turned towards modernity.
The Festival thanks the Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Reverend Bertrand Olivier, for
generously opening the doors of the Cathedral to the Festival’s Christmas Quartet.
A wonderful opportunity to start this time of rejoicing and to put a little balm on the
impacts of the pandemic.

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Source: Denis Brott, C.M.
Founder, conductor and artistic director
Montreal Chamber Music Festival
Contact: Alexandre Dumas
Vice President – Corporate Communications
NATIONAL Public Relations
514 898-4636 (Cell)
adumas@national.ca

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