Founded in 1966 by a group of prominent Montreal musicians and composers, including Wilfrid Pelletier, Jean Papineau-Couture, Serge Garant and Maryvonne Kendergian, the SMCQ has assumed a mandate since the beginning of its existence to promote contemporary music from both this country and abroad. With its regular concerts, Homage Series, international festival and Youth Sector, it simultaneously functions as a forum for today’s composers and a window opening on future creativity.
Managed by composers for composers, the SMCQ has been led by three different artistic directors to date: composers Serge Garant (1966-89), Gilles Tremblay (1986-88) and Walter Boudreau (since 1988).
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The SMCQ concerts
Every year, the SMCQ presents a series of concerts that are representative of national and international tendencies. With its Ensemble, the SMCQ has continued to bring a wide gamut of contemporary music to the listening public. Currently conducted by Walter Boudreau, the Ensemble forms the core of most of the season’s concerts, with performances of works by Boulez, Kagel, Stockhausen, Varèse, Xenakis, Garant, Vivier, Tremblay, Cage, Rea, Andriessen, Grisey, Boudreau, Messiaen, Bouliane, Scelsi, Reich ou Penderecki.
For the past several years, the SMCQ has taken a number of soloists and ensembles under its wing, and has established a residence programme for fledgling ensembles, such as Quasar, saxophone quartet and Quad, percussions originales.
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Festival Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques
The MNM festival was launched in 2003. This is an international biennial event given in partnership with Radio-Canada’s radio broadcast sector and Montreal’s university sector. The MNM Festival clears the stage for the performance of new works. Between solo and orchestral works, the event brings together the most passionate thinkers and theoreticians of the music of our time. MNM, held for the first time in March of 2003, consists of ten days of concerts, lectures, master classes and youth activities. The festival was awarded the Conseil Québécois de la Musique’s 2003 Prix Opus for “Event of the Year.”
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The Youth Programme (SMCQ Jeunesse)
Since 1997, five musical children stories have been brought to life for more than fifty thousand children by SMCQ Jeunesse. The programme has been recognized by the Conseil québécois de la musique’s Prix Opus on three occasions for as many productions. In 2002, SMCQ Jeunesse joined hands with the prestigious publisher Fides, to produce a recorded book (with ATMA classique) of a poetic tale written by Gilles Vigneault and set to music by Denis Gougeon.
In 2004-2003, SMCQ Jeunesse launched TapaJungle!, (after Rudyard Kipling’s work) with QUAD, percussions originales and actor Félix Beaulieu-Duchesneau. It was performed over 40 times on tour in Québec in 2004-2005 and nominated for an Opus Prize in 2004.
Other projects are being developed by SMCQ Jeunesse: a new musical tool created by composer Yves Daoust, the Musicolateur, is an eclectic composing machine that will be utilize in a variety of entertaining and educational undertakings.
Finally, in the fall of 2005 SMCQ Jeunesse is launching a new DVD featuring interviews, musical excerpts, and games on Québécois and Canadian composers, designed for elementary and high school students.
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Every two years, the Homage Series creates a true artistic convergence around a composer, giving audiences an opportunity to re-acquaint or newly discover the composes's words. For its 6th edition, the SMCQ pays homage to José Evangelista and invites everyone to come along on an adventure of discovery featuring José Evangelista's music in all its aspects! Ultimately, audiences will benefit from a José Evangelista "Odyssey" throughout the entire year, allowing people of all ages to (re)-discover the music of this renowned Montreal composer.
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