Top-level Baroque Music Trio from France, Il Convito Musicale, makes Canadian debut in Ottawa Sunday, May 10, 2009

On Mother’s Day, May 10, one of the most promising baroque trios of France, Il Convito Musicale, will perform its first concert in Canada at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts & Humanities in the Byward Market at 3:00 p.m.

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JPEGThis trio was formed in 2005 by three passionate musicians: Maude Gratton, harpsichordist-organist, Claire Gratton, cellist, and Stéphanie Paulet, violinist. These three musicians have performed in France at various baroque music festivals, in Scandinavia and in Latin America.
In addition to their personal concerts, these artists have performed with world-renowned ensembles such as Les Talens Lyriques (Christophe Rousset), the Concert Français (Jérôme Hantaï), Pulcinella (Ophélie Gaillard) and Ricercar Consort. They have also played under great baroque orchestra conductors including Philippe Herreweghe, Claudio Abbado and William Christie.
In 2006, Maude Gratton received an award for « Jeune Soliste des Radios Francophones Publiques ». Her first soloist recording, Fantaisies, Sonates et Fugues de Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (Harmonia Mundi) will be released in France on May 7, 2009.

Il Convito Musicale’s Mother’s Day concert in Ottawa will be an unforgettable cultural event of this spring season. This trio will present a theme on the Birth of the Sonata; they will explore the many facets of baroque music and breathe new life into established forms.

Through the works of composers, such as Frescobaldi, Geminiani, Couperin and W.F. Bach, Il Convito Musicale will portray the progressive liberation of instrumental styles and the gradual shift from polyphony to the small-scale sonata between the 16th and 18th century, before the sonata became a set musical form.
The harpsichord, in its role as basso continuo, bass or solo instrument, will be highlighted in their performance.

This unique concert is made possible by the partnership between Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities, the Ottawa Chamber Music Society and the Embassy of France in Canada. Saint Brigid’s is a not-for-profit arts space, established in 2008, open to all and which promotes the performing arts.


- Sunday, May 10, 2009, at 3 p.m.

- Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities, corner of Cumberland and St. Patrick in the Byward Market, 314 St. Patrick St. Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5M7

- Tickets are for sale at the Ottawa Chamber Music Society (613 234-8008), online at, or at the door on the day of the concert.
$20 for adults and $10 for students



updated on 04-23-09

Last modified on 30/06/2009

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