A delightful musical and cultural adventure with the theme "The Romantic Keyboard" took place at Maison Jésus-Marie, on January 21. Lorraine Prieur and Claudine Lapointe, pianists and Luc Saucier, bass and narrator presented a varied and enchanting concert with performances for Solo Piano, Piano 4-Hands and sung lieder*.
These three renowned artists have combined their talents for this particular performance combining narration and music. On the program, Frédéric Chopin (Study Op. 35, No. 7 and Prelude Op. 28 No. 15), Robert Schumann (In der Fremde), Johannes Brahms (Waltzes Op. 39 Nos. 1, 2, 3.15 for Piano 4-Hands), Anton Dvorak (Slovanic Dances: Dumka Op. 72 No. 2 - Piano 4-Hands) and Franz Schubert (Der Wanderer Op. 4, Der Lindenbaum (Winterreise), Fantasy in F minor Op. 103 - Piano 4-Hands).
Those in attendance literally fell under the spell of these unforgettable works, performed by professional artists in complete mastery of their art. The idea of presenting short narratives to discover the life of these composers from the romantic era, combined with musical performances, pleased everyone.
Well known to the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), Lorraine Prieur and Luc Saucier pursued their respective careers while directing the School of Music and Calligraphy "The Montée des Arts" in Mont Saint-Hilaire. Both are former SNJM students.
Claudine Lapointe, who has perfected her knowledge with Lorraine Prieur, is active in teaching, interpretation and composition.
*Source: Wikipedia - The lied, plural lieder is a setting of a German poem to classical music sung by one voice and accompanied by one piano or an instrumental ensemble.
Photos - Sister Gisèle Lalande