This updated version features three new scenes told through music and images that are projected onto the most exquisite backdrop there is: Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal’s breathtaking Gothic Revival architecture. The show celebrates the simplicity of light and the shapes, materials and colours of the Basilica.
The newly added musical moments showcase the Basilica’s exceptional Casavant organ, which was inaugurated in 1891 and whose 7,000 pipes can be heard being played live during the show.
It was made possible by recording and
sequencing a performance of Pierre Grandmaison, titular organist of the
Basilica, that could later be played live without the musician while keeping
all of the nuances and emphases of the composition. The soundtrack was composed
by Marc Bell and Gabriel Thibaudeau of TROUBLEMAKERS. It includes an original
orchestral composition performed by 30 musicians and 20 choristers, and
features the impressive Basilica organ.
The uplifting effect of the organ and one-of-a-kind acoustics of the Basilica reveal the vast space surrounding the audience that reverberates to the powerful sound of this unique instrument for an authentic experience.
The AURA experience
Participants are invited to sit in the nave for a spectacular performance that brings together light and music. Wherever they are seated, they will be amazed by the breathtaking scenes projected across the Basilica’s walls, vaulted ceiling and altarpiece.
AURA will first be presented on Fridays at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and on Saturdays at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Depending on demand, more performances may be added to the schedule. Tickets can be purchased online.