Bourgie Hall opens its door with 36 concerts from September 16 through November 18!

Bourgie Hall had planned to unveil its 10th season—a dazzling one by all accounts—last April 2. The pandemic intervened heavily on the 2020–2021 season’s original programming, and some 110 concerts were completely upended. After months of waiting, much uncertainty, cancellations, and multiple relaunch scenarios, they are finally able to announce the 36 concerts to be given at Bourgie Hall from September 16 through November 18, 2020. The ensuing concerts, to be given up until Christmas, will be announced on August 27.

The ways in which concerts are performed and audiences are accommodated have been completely revised to make the audience experience both enjoyable and safe, and in compliance with Direction régionale de santé publique and CNESST directives. The capacity of the hall has been reduced to roughly 125 places and is configured in such a way that two seats are left vacant between each person or each family unit; concerts, which will last approximately one hour, will be presented without intermission; wearing a face mask is mandatory inside the building, though spectators may remove them once seated in their places. Finally, the exchange policy for tickets is more flexible.

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This fall, they are proud to offer programming commensurate with their reputation for excellence! As a nod to Bourgie Hall’s very first season, which featured Canadian artists exclusively, their fall concerts for this 10th season will showcase the formidable talents of our local artists. These concerts also come in a variety of genres, including chamber music, recitals, jazz, Baroque, solo piano, a family concert, as well as concerts in connection with the exhibition Paris in the Days of Post-Impressionism: Signac and the Indépendants.

Given the reduced number of spectators that can be accommodated in the hall at one time, some concerts will be given twice. 

Pianist Louis Lortie will carry on with the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, begun last February. The programmes for this series have been reworked and distributed over 7 concerts, each to be performed twice.

Because of the considerable number of musicians involved in performing the Complete Cantatas by J. S. Bach, this series has unfortunately been suspended for the 2020–2021 season. Concerts programmed for year 6 which were cancelled in the spring of 2020, as well as concerts for year 7, originally programmed to be given throughout the 2020–2021 season, will be postponed until the 2021–2022 season. 

Additionally, this very unusual season marks the beginning of a new collaboration with the ATMA Classique label. A series of seven concerts throughout the 2020–2021 season featuring musicians from this renowned recording label will also be made available via webcast, both live and in non-real time, on the Livetoune platform

They are more committed than ever to keeping our rates affordable so that as many people as possible may indulge in the pure delight of concert music. Members of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts still enjoy a 15% discount, while spectators 34 and under get 50% off! Bourgie Hall also offers an à la carte subscription package where you can enjoy a 20% rebate with the simultaneous purchase of tickets to 3 concerts or more.

It is with utmost warmth and excitement that they welcome the public back to the magnificent Bourgie Hall, starting September 16!

PROGRAMME from September 16 through November 19, 2020


The New Orford String Quartet

Wednesday, September 16 and Thursday, September 17, 7.30 p.m.

BEETHOVEN Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3, “Razumovsky”

Jacques HÉTU String Quartet No. 2. Op. 50


Cheng2 Duo

Wednesday, September 23, 7.30 p.m.

Works by Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and Nadia Boulanger

In connection with the exhibition Paris in the Days of Post-Impressionism: Signac and the Indépendants, This program of French music is the perfect opportunity to hear Bryan Cheng, rising star in the cello world and Grand Prize-winner of the 2019 OSM Competition, in tandem with his sister Sylvie Cheng at the piano.


David Jalbert, piano

Thursday, September 24, 7.30 p.m.

HAYDN, The Seven Last Words of Christ, Hob.XX/1C

A Bourgie Hall presentation in collaboration with ATMA Classique


Ensemble Âstân

In the Shadow of Mount Damāvand

Saturday, September 26, 8 p.m.

An original concert inspired by Shahmaneh or Persian Book of Kings by the great Iranian poet Ferdowsi, under the artistic direction of Bashir Faramarzi.

With projections on a large screen of an animated film by Aristofanis Soulikias

Winner of the 2018 Diversity in Music Award of the Conseil des Arts de Montréal and partners



Wednesday, September 30, 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

With grace, solemnity, and humour, this Montreal ensemble evokes love through classical arias by MOZART and VERDI and popular songs ranging from THE BEATLES to Gilles VIGNEAULT.


Lex French Quintet

Jazz 5 à 7

Thursday, October 1, 6 p.m.

Part of the the Montreal OFF Jazz Festival


Sérénade d’automne

Michèle Losier, mezzo-soprano and Olivier Godin, piano

Sunday, October 4, 2.30 p.m.

Mélodies by Debussy, Duparc, Massenet and Schumann.

In connection with the exhibition Paris in the Days of Post-Impressionism: Signac and the Indépendants


Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

Tuesday, October 6, 7.30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 7, 7.30 p.m.

Monday, October 26, 7.30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 27, 7.30 p.m.

On October 20, 2015, Charles Richard-Hamelin was awarded second prize at the prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. To celebrate the 5th anniversary of this achievement, he offers his loyal Bourgie Hall audience a recital including the extraordinary corpus that is Chopin’s 24 Preludes.

CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28

BRAHMS Klavierstücke, Op. 76 ( October 6 and 7 only)

MEDTNER Mélodies oubliées, Op. 39 (October 26 and 27 only)


Les Violons du Roy

The Great Masters of Baroque

Friday, October 9, 7.30 p.m.

Saturday, October 10, 2.30 p.m.

Purcell, Vivaldi, Handel, Bach and Lully

Luc Beauséjour, guest conductor

A presentation by Clavecin en concert and Bourgie Hall


Louis Lortie, piano

Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Concert 3 :

Wednesday, October 14, 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Sonatas No.10, No.15 “Pastoral” and No.16

Concert 4 : 

Friday, October 16, 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Sonatas No.4, No.13 “Quasi una fantasia” and No.26 “Les Adieux”

Concert 5 :

Sunday, October 18, 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Sonatas No.9, No.12 “Funeral March” et No.14 “Moonlight”


Musicians of the OSM

Spotlight on the Quartet

Friday, October 20, 6.30 p.m.

Works by Sibelius, Chostakovitch and Ana Sokolović*

*Artist-in-residence at the OSM, generously sponsored by The Rossy Foundation

Presented by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Bourgie Hall


Marin Marais : Badinages

Mélisande Corriveau, viola da gamba and Eric Milnes, harpsichord

Wednesday, October 21, 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

A concert entirely dedicated to viola da gamba works of Marin Marais.

A Bourgie Hall presentation in collaboration with ATMA Classique


Somebody Special

Songs by Steve Lacy

Jazz 5 à 7

Thursday, October 22, 6 p.m.

Karen Young, voice

Jean Derome, voice, alto saxophone, and bass flute

Alexandre Grogg, piano

Normand Guilbeault, double bass

Pierre Tanguay, drums


Pentaèdre – Wind Quintet

Wednesday, October 28, 7.30 p.m.

Works by J. S. Bach, Jacques Hétu and David Maslanka

A Bourgie Hall presentation in collaboration with ATMA Classique


Halloween Ball


Saturday, October 31, 2.30 p.m. and Sunday, November 1, 2.30 p.m.

Ages 5 and up

A new way of celebrating Halloween as a family, with this kooky ball for music lovers of all ages who aren’t afraid of anything…especially not of having fun!


Louis Lortie, piano

Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Concert 6 :

Monday, November 9, 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Sonatas No.21 “Waldstein”, No.22 and No.23 “Appassionata”

Concert 7 :

Wednesday, November 11, 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Sonatas No.24 “À Thérèse”, No.25 “Alla tedesca”, No.27, and No.28

Concert 8 :

Friday, November 13, 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Sonatas No.19, No.20 and No.29 “Hammerklavier”

Concert 9 :

Sunday, November 15, 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Sonatas No.30, No.31 and No.32


Camille Claudel : Into the Fire

Stéphanie Pothier, mezzo-soprano the Molinari Quatet

Tuesday, November 17 and Wednesday, November 18, 7.30 p.m.

A multimedia concert associating photographs with visual works in an original video design about the exceptional sculptress Camille Claudel and the role of women creators in art history. With projections on a large screen.

DEBUSSY Trois Chansons de Bilitis (trans. Jake Heggie)

Germaine TAILLEFERRE String Quartet

Jake HEGGIE Camille Claudel: Into the Fire

A Projet ClairObscur and Molinari Quartet production

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