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LOUISE BESSETTE CELEBRATES THE CENTENNIAL OF OLIVIER MESSIAEN
Montreal February 7, 2008: With a series of performances warmly received in Hartford and Edmonton, pianist Louise Bessette maintains her celebration of Messiaen with two recitals in February and March 2008.
First on her agenda, the unveiling of a virtuoso program for the Festival de Musique HOEM, in Hearst, Ontario on Friday, February 22 at 8PM at the Centre des Chevaliers de Colomb. Recognized as an ideal for her interpretation of Messiaen repertoire, she will offer to Ontarian music lovers two of his compositions, Prélude (1964) and Le merle noir from Petites esquisses d'oiseaux. This will be followed by an exquisite blending of monumental works by great classical and contemporary composers. All based on the inspiration of church chimes and bells, Louise Bessette has gathered together the works of Arcuri, Debussy, Grieg, Lecuona, Liszt, Messiaen as well as Ravel. The public will therefore be able to fall under the charm of chimes past and present, as heard through the imagination of those great composers.
On Friday, March 14, at 8PM, at the Bandeen Hall of Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Louise Bessette shall repeat this recital with the addition, in the first half, of the five other pieces forming Petites esquisses d'oiseaux and Cantéyodjayâ by Messiaen. Sparkling technique and musical enlightenment will make these splendid recitals an appointment music lovers and neophytes will not want to miss.
A versatile musician and acrobatic pianist, Louise Bessette is a much sought-after and appreciated artist. She has been part of over twenty recordings either as a solo artist or with a chamber group. First Prize at the Concours International de Musique Contemporaine de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, First Prize at the Concours International Gaudeamus, Prix Opus "soloist of the year", 1996-1997, for her recital of Olivier Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus, Member of the Order of Canada (2001), Officier de l'Ordre national du Québec (2005), Louise Bessette holds numerous prizes, all emphasizing the importance of her musical contribution. Since 1996, she is professor of piano at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal.
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