Free shows by the Orchestre Métropolitain in Saint-Léonard and Montréal-Nord

Free shows by the Orchestre Métropolitain in Saint-Léonard and Montréal-Nord
Free shows by the Orchestre Métropolitain in Saint-Léonard and Montréal-Nord

In a friendly and family-friendly atmosphere, the Orchestre Métropolitain (OM) will offer two free concerts in the east end of the city, in collaboration with Centraide of Greater Montreal. In Saint-Léonard on July 9 and in Montreal North on July 13, young and old will be invited to these classical music shows focusing on dance from around the world and across time. The evenings will be hosted by Vanessa Destiné and the orchestra will be conducted by Naomi Woo.

“This year, as part of the 50th anniversary of Centraide of Greater Montreal, the OM is joining the organization to offer free musical evenings to residents of three boroughs,” states the press release issued by the public relations firm NATIONAL. “These concerts will take place at Wilfrid-Bastien Park in Saint-Léonard on July 9, at LaSalle Park in Lachine on July 10 and at Pilon Park in Montréal-Nord on July 13, again at 7:30 p.m., and will be hosted by Vanessa Destiné. They will be part of the celebrations surrounding an exceptional year for Centraide of Greater Montreal, which highlights five decades of solidarity, generosity and social impact.”

“In Greater Montreal, some 315,000 people are on low incomes and cannot afford moments of respite,” says Claude Pinard, President and CEO of Centraide of Greater Montreal. “According to a study, more than a third of the population say they have to cut back on their leisure time due to the rising cost of living. To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we want to bring comfort to young and old by inviting them to open-air concerts. Our goal is to offer them an unforgettable experience through music.

“The atmosphere will be festive, with a musical program focused on dance throughout the world and eras,” the statement continues. “In one evening, we will go from the Viennese court with a waltz by Strauss to a gypsy caravan with Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, to the torrid heat of Spain with Manuel De Falla. Then, we will be carried away into the lively streets of New York with Bernstein and into the Quebec countryside with a dance by Claude Champagne.”

“The charismatic Naomi Woo will be back on the podium for this series of concerts. The artistic collaborator of OM had already charmed the public during the open-air concerts of 2023 and will certainly know how to make them dance this summer, with her contagious enthusiasm.”

“You don’t need to have a great knowledge of music or to dress up to enjoy these free concerts. On the contrary! It’s the perfect opportunity to organize a family picnic, let the kids play, put on your best Hawaiian shirt… The goal of outdoor concerts is precisely to make them as accessible as possible.”

Useful information

  • In Saint-Léonard, at Wilfrid-Bastien Park, Tuesday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • In Montreal North, at Pilon Park, Saturday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.

“As the concerts are held outdoors, it is possible that weather conditions may force cancellation. This measure will only be applied if rain or the risk of thunderstorms prevent the musicians from playing safely. In such circumstances, the concert will not be postponed to a later date,” ends the press release.

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