In the Renaissance, 10-year-old choirboys could make up music on the spot, music that sounded like real compositions! How did they do that? Musicologist- conductor Peter Schubert has researched the question and has trained members of VivaVoce to produce expert counterpoint on tunes made up by you, the audience. The program includes pieces by Josquin, Jacquet, Palestrina and Praetorius that show their improvisatory origins. (A collaboration with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini of Venice)
Gabriela Montero, piano “The Queen of Improvisation” (The Associated Press), Gabriela Montero leads a magnificent international career, appearing in the world’s greatest performance halls, often with a program made up entirely of on-the-spot improvisations based on audience suggestions. This concert is presented as part of the 2014 Montreal International Musical Competition.