Printemps de la Musique in Vieux-Québec

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Music and springtime, what a lovely combination! For the third edition of the Parcours de la Musique, to be held on May 18, 19 and 20, the Table de Musique du Conseil de la Culture of Québec and Chaudière-Appalaches (in partnership with federal, provincial and municipal governments) has come up with a new formula.

Two musical routes will allow music lovers to discover free performances in 11 historic locations in Vieux-Québec. In the afternoon, provided with a map of the buildings and the concerts scheduled there, festival-goers can create their own route from among the choices offered, which vary from one day to the next. Each mini-concert will be preceded by a short presentation on the history of the location, putting the repertoire into context. Roving bands of musicians will also add to the experience for visitors.

Fifteen different concerts will be offered to the public for a total of 35 musical presentations. Many concerts take place at the same time in different locations, so visitors can create their own musical route à la carte! For those who are determined to see everything, it is possible to see and hear all concerts.

Maps of the Printemps de la Musique are available in downtown Quebec City and at the locations where concerts are scheduled. It is also possible to consult the program online at printempsdelamusique.ca and to follow the events on Facebook at facebook.com/printempsdelamusique.

The Printemps de la Musique will kick off (literally!) on May 18 at 8 p.m. at the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone (2 Côte de la Fabrique) with an evening of traditional Québécois square dances, presented by Ès Trad and caller Jean-François Berthiaume.

During the afternoon of May 19, short concerts will be presented three times at the following locations: the reception hall of the École des Ursulines on Rue du Parloir, the entrance hall of the Château Frontenac, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Rue Des Jardins and Chalmers-Wesley United Church on Rue Sainte-Ursule.

Two Brigades Nomades – the Fanfarniente della Strada and the Ensemble vent et percussion de Québec – will perform in the gardens of City Hall and on the steps of Chalmers-Wesley United Church respectively.

From 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bistro Sam in the Château Frontenac, visitors can relax over a specially prepared cocktail while listening to music teachers and students from the École de musique Arquemuse.

At 8 p.m., a grand concert (90 minutes) will be presented in the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone by the choir of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. Fifty choristers, led by David Rompré, accompanied on piano and organ, will present extracts of the best-known choral sacred music.

On May 20, another series of mini-concerts will be presented in the Chapelle du Monastère des Augustines on Rue des Remparts (by car) or Rue Charlevoix (on foot), the Morrin Centre on Chaussée des Écossais, the Maison de la littérature on Rue Saint-Stanislas and in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Rue Cook.

Meanwhile, another Brigade Nomade, the Escouade musiques nouvelles, will perform on the Chaussée des Écossais, within listening distance of three of the above historic buildings.

At 4 p.m. on May 20, the closing grand concert, Quelques chants EXTRAordinaires, will take place in the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone, featuring the Ensemble Scholastica women’s choir from Montreal.