Thursday, April 16, 2009

Day 106: The Sailors' Church

Day 106: The Sailors' Church, originally uploaded by susanvg.

Another concert - this time in one of my favourite churches, Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours. It was known as the sailors' church as the back of the church faces what used to be the port. Sailors would come to pray before going off to sea. Many left carvings of ships which can be seen hanging inside the church. This is one of the oldest churches in Montreal. The original church was built not long after the founding of Montreal. After a fire, this chapel was built (1771). You can learn more about it here.

I have renamed the church Notre-Dame-de Musique-Ancienne (Our Lady of Early Music) as I attend many concerts here. Church attendance is down and the demographics of the area have changed. While the church still functions as a church it is maintained by revenue from tourists (it doubles as a museum) and rentals. Several early music groups hold concert series here. I'll be there again tomorrow for another concert.

Tonight's concert - Les Boréades and Ensemble Caprice - some wonderful Renaissance music played on a matched consort of instruments. There were also modern compositions - interesting, but they don't touch me the same way.

Tomorrow's concert Clavecin en concert (information in French). Life is very rich.

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