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Histoires sans paroles – Harmonium symphonique

And now for the Montréal trilogy

Three different venues, three distinct experiences




Montréal, June 9, 2022 – From May 24 to June 4, the first in the Histoires sans paroles – Harmonium symphonique concert series was presented at the Amphithéâtre Cogeco in Trois-Rivières, thrilling both longtime fans and young music lovers happy to discover the momentous work. The blockbuster show was unanimously hailed by audiences and critics alike.

Today, GSI Musique is proud to present the project’s Montréal component: a three-concert series staged in three iconic venues that promises listeners a trio of extraordinary experiences.

“My team and I are extremely proud to offer this second chapter to Harmonium fans”, says Nicolas Lemieux, president of GSI Musique. “Since the album’s release, we have been listening to them and taking into account their many suggestions, which motivated the origin of the three concepts proposed today. We are also thrilled to be producing this trilogy with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, an exceptional ensemble with whom we had the immense privilege of working with during the recording of the album Histoires sans paroles – Harmonium symphonique.



Part 1 – “High Mass”

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste

September 1, 2 and 3, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.

In a setting conducive to meditation, the “high mass” version of Histoires sans paroles – Harmonium symphonique invites viewers to dive deep into the group’s music. Tableaux choreographed by Édith Collin-Marcoux (Charlotte Cardin, Marie-Mai) and lighting adapted to the venue’s atmosphere will punctuate the show in a mounting crescendo of colour and emotion. Visual concept, set design and staging are by Marcella Grimaux (Noisy Head Studio). The project is produced by Nicolas Lemieux (GSI Musique), who is also its artistic director.

Inspired by the album Histoires sans paroles – Harmonium symphonique arranged by Simon Leclerc, all the concerts in the Montréal trilogy will feature the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), guitarist Sylvain Quesnel and the Chœur des jeunes de Laval under conductor Dina Gilbert. Singers Kim Richardson and Luce Dufault will each appear onstage for one song.



Part 2 – “The Original Creation”

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

October 6, 7 and 8, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.

Audiences can now catch the original version of Histoires sans paroles – Harmonium symphonique, presented for the first time in Montréal. This version combines lyrical, dreamlike tableaux with interventions by PixMob (whose special effects lit up this year’s Super Bowl halftime show) and evocative projections (Noisy Head Studio) that immerse viewers in the vibrant, colorful world of Harmonium. Visual concept, script, set design and staging are by Marcella Grimaux (Noisy Head Studio). The project is produced by Nicolas Lemieux (GSI Musique), who is also its artistic director.

Inspired by the album Histoires sans paroles – Harmonium symphonique arranged by Simon Leclerc, all the concerts in the Montréal trilogy will feature the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), guitarist Sylvain Quesnel and the Chœur des jeunes de Laval under conductor Dina Gilbert. Singers Kim Richardson and Luce Dufault will each appear onstage for one song.



Part 3 – “Pure Symphony”

Maison symphonique, Place des Arts

January 12, 13 and 14, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.

Experience Histoires sans paroles – Harmonium symphonique as a purely symphonic performance with no amplification or staging, in a hall renowned for its superb sound quality. Harmonium’s music in its purest expression, played by a world-famous orchestra at the height of its powers, in a landmark performance that will go down in history. The concert set-up is by Marcella Grimaux (Noisy Head Studio). The project is produced by Nicolas Lemieux (GSI Musique), who is also its artistic director.

Inspired by the album Histoires sans paroles – Harmonium symphonique arranged by Simon Leclerc, all the concerts in the Montréal trilogy will feature the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), guitarist Sylvain Quesnel and the Chœur des jeunes de Laval under conductor Dina Gilbert. Singers Kim Richardson and Luce Dufault will each appear onstage for one song.


Box office

Tickets for all three shows will go on sale as of noon on Saturday, June 11 on harmoniumsymphonique.com. Exclusive presales for OSM, Place des Arts and GSI Musique subscribers will start at noon on Thursday, June 9 and continue until Saturday, June 11, also at noon.



What the critics are saying

“The incredible Dina Gilbert, who conducted all of this: she feels the music in her entire body and takes the musicians, singers and audience along with her. Beautiful to behold . . . . A show I just loved.” – Eugénie Lépine-Blondeau, Tout un matin, ICI Première

“The voices of Kim Richardson and Luce Dufault. What singers! Each had their moment of glory yesterday . . . . There was magic in the room. Everyone let themselves be wrapped in the music of Harmonium.” – Alexis Samson, Puisqu’il faut se lever, 98.5 FM

Histoires sans paroles: a grand spectacle of stunning beauty.” – Caroline Lepage, Journal de Montréal

“Generous, spectacular, powerful: Histoires sans paroles – Harmonium symphonique lived up to its promises.” – François Houde, Le Nouvelliste

“There was a lot of hype about Histoires sans paroles – Harmonium symphonique. And the show didn’t disappoint. Audiences were treated to something extraordinary that they will remember forever.” – Josée Bourassa, ICI Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec

“Even without the lyrics, you get right into the world of Serge Fiori. Kim Richardson and Luce Dufault were on stage for two short but remarkable appearances. These women sing like angels.” – Destinationvilledequebec.com


“Conductor Dina Gilbert was unbelievable on the podium. The music literally flows through her entire being. With phenomenal energy and contagious enthusiasm, she guided her musicians through the score’s every nuance.” Josée Bourassa, ICI Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec

“What a masterwork!” – Dominic Champagne, author, playwright and director

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GSI Musique

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