John Rea Days @ Schulich


Tanna Schulich Hall, 555 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC, CA

Join us for a three-day celebration of John Rea, one of the Schulich School of Music's most renowned composition professors!

"Rea Days" includes three evenings of concerts and presentations along with an afternoon of lectures.

Schedule of Events

Sunday, January 24, 19:30, Tanna Schulich Hall

  • Public Interview with John Rea and Chris Paul Harman: Introduction to John Rea’s works and aesthetic (30’)
  • Presentation/Analysis by John Rea and performance of Études Multiples (1996) for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano (15’+15’), featuring:
    • Jocelyne Roy, flute; Michael Johnson, oboe; Lorenzo Kleine, clarinet; Peter Clark, horn; Kristy Tucker, bassoon; Suren Barry, piano; Jacqueline Leclair, coach.
  • Presentation/Analysis by John Rea and performance of Treppenmusik (1982) (15’+17’), featuring:
    • McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, conducted by Guillaume Bourgogne, in collaboration with the Digital Composition Studios. 

Monday, January 25, 19:30, Tanna Schulich Hall

  • Lecture/Analysis by Julien Bilodeau on Alma & Oskar (1995) for mezzo-soprano, tenor and piano followed by the performance of the piece (20’+9’), featuring:
    • Charlotte Jefferies, mezzo-soprano; Félix Dupont-Foisy, tenor; Christopher Goddard, piano.
  • Lecture/Analysis: Time's mechanic(s): an analysis of John Rea's Objets Perdus (1991) by Moe Touizrar with performance of the piece (20’+18’), featuring:
    • Teresa Wang and Katelyn Emery, violins; Lauren Tyros, viola; Sahara von Hattenberger, cello.
  • Presentation of Las Meninas (1990) by Jean Lesage followed by the performance of the piece (20’+32’), featuring:
    • Stéphane Lemelin, pianist

Tuesday, January 26, 13:00, A832 (Wirth Music Building)

An afternoon of lectures:

  • 13:00: John Rea: On Figures hâtives (2005), for violin and orchestra
  • 13:30: Jérôme Blais: Music under the influence
  • 14:00: Jonathan Goldman: John Rea, composer of mediations
  • 14:30: Jimmie Leblanc: Postmodernism is a Humanism: Structuralism and Dialogic in John Rea's Homme Papillon (2001) and Icare en émoi… Dédale à cran (2012)
  • 15:00: Christopher Goddard: On Schattenwerk (2003), for two violins
  • 15:30: Suzu Enns: Reflecting on John Rea: A Performer’s Perspective (Lecture Recital)

Tuesday, January 26, 19:30, Tanna Schulich Hall

Concert celebrating John Rea, presented in collaboration with the SMCQ. Free admission.

Works by Goddard, LeBlanc, Rea, Ricketts, Tan, Tan, Touizrar, Volpini.


  • Introductory Lecture by Eleanor Stubley: The echo of time in John Rea’s compositions: The making of a modern imagination (20’)
  • Composition Students Project: Piano pieces composed as comments on Las Meninas (new transformal variations of John Rea’s transformal variations…), performed by Christopher Goddard.
    • Zihua Tan Re-Rea [lized] (2015)
    • Christina Volpini Blindman's Buff Between Old Friends (2015)
    • Christopher Goddard Sequences (2015)
    • Moe Touizrar Catalyst (2015)
    • Matthew Ricketts Träumari - Rêverie de Mathilde (2015)
    • Anthony Tan Fremdheit (2015)
    • Jimmie Leblanc Two Pages for John Rea (2015)
  • John Rea Schattenwerk (2003), for two violins (9’). Featuring:
    • Axel Strauss and Amy Hillis, violins.
  • John Rea Les Raisons des Forces Mouvantes (1984), string quartet and flute (13’). Featuring:
    • James Enns and Edgar Donati, violins; Noemie Chemali, viola; Fiona Robson, cello; Katherine Watson, flute. 
  • John Rea Anaphora II (1972) for solo piano (6’). Featuring:
    • Kyoko Hashimoto, piano.
  • John Rea Glide Reflexions (1984), 2 clarinets, 2 cellos. (14’) (Montreal première). Featuring:
    • Suzu Enns and Bradley Powell, clarinet; Amahl Arulanandam and Jane Chan, cello.
  • John Rea Music, according to Aquinas (2000), chamber choir, two clarinets and cello (12’). Featuring:
    • Schulich School Singers, conducted by Jean-Sébastien ValléeSuzu Enns and Bradley Powell, clarinets; Hannah Craig, cello.

Contact Information

Jean Lesage (Event Coordinator)
Schulich School of Music with the SMCQ
jean.lesage [at]
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