All-Star Montréal Symphonique concert celebrates Montréal’s 375th Anniversary

Richard Burnett

For the first time ever, three of Montréal’s major orchestras have joined forces to create a spectacular classical music tribute to Montréal. The Montréal Symphonique concert will feature the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal performing at the foot of Mount Royal on August 19.

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Classical Music Under the Stars

Under the direction of broadcaster Monique Giroux and musical direction by renowned conductor Simon Leclerc, Montréal Symphonique will feature more than 400 musicians, choir members and guest artists – including operatic soprano Marie-Josée Lord, pop star Coeur de Pirate, DJ Champion and indie rock star Patrick Watson – on a stage that will be located south of the Sir George Etienne Cartier Monument.

The Sir George Etienne Cartier Monument (now the site of the Sunday Tam-tams festivities) features a statue of an angel atop the monument created by sculptor George William Hill that was inaugurated in September 1919 at the foot of Montréal’s iconic Mount Royal which itself was originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (who also co-designed New York’s Central Park).

In addition to the stage, concert producer GSI Musique – the doyenne of Québec record companies – hired multimedia studio Normal, renowned for its work with Cirque du Soleil (Toruk) and Cité Mémoire’s large-scale video projections bringing Montreal history to life in Old Montreal.

Normal Studio has created Montréal Symphonique projections that will evoke the city and its citizens; their history, landmarks and personality; as concertgoers travel through the four seasons that very much help define the Montréal experience, and to explore a utopic future of Montréal.

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Free Concert for the Ages

Three years in the making, the Montréal Symphonique concert will take place at the foot of Montréal’s iconic Mount Royal on a stage located south of the Sir George Etienne Cartier Monument. Free admission. Showtime is 9 pm.

Says Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre, “It’s an absolute first! It will be a memorable evening, and I invite all Montrealers to come celebrate the dynamism of our city life together! We are very proud of Montréal’s reputation for classical music on the international stage. Our artists are wonderful ambassadors for our city and their creativity is recognized around the globe.”

Montréal boroughs unite for a Unique Broadcast

So that all Montrealers and visitors are able to take part in this free evening of festivities, 18 Montréal boroughs will put up giant screens in different parks and venues around the city to broadcast the Montréal Symphonique concert beginning at 9 pm:

Ahuntsic-Cartierville – Ahuntsic Park
Anjou – Lucie-Bruneau Park
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce – Kent and Notre-Dame-de-Grace parks
L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève – Gérald-Godin CEGEP lawn
Lachine – L'Entrepôt concert hall
LaSalle – Angrignon Park
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal – Baldwin Park
Le Sud-Ouest – Angrignon Park
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve – Gennevilliers-Laliberté Place
Montréal-Nord – Aimé-Léonard Park
Pierrefonds-Roxboro – Grier Park
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles - Village-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles Place and Maison du citoyen
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie – Molson Park
Saint-Laurent – Multipurpose Sports Complex
Saint-Léonard - Wilfrid-Bastien Park
Verdun – Angrignon Park
Ville-Marie - Médéric-Martin Park
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension – Jarry Park

For more information about Montréal Symphonique, visit www.375mtl.com.

Richard Burnett

Richard Burnett, blogger

Richard “Bugs” Burnett is a Canadian freelance writer, editor, journalist, blogger and columnist for alt-weeklies, mainstream and LGBTQ publications. Bugs also knows Montréal like a drag queen knows a cosmetics counter.

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