While many Canadian orchestras are taking a well-deserved break in August, some others are just hitting their stride. Here’s a quick round-up of events in the next couple of weeks:
August 6 at 7:30 p.m. Pacific time (10:30 Eastern), the National Youth Orchestra of Canada’s concert at The Chan Centre will be livestreamed on the CBC Music website. Session conductor Michael Francis will lead the orchestra in Strauss’s Don Quixote, Santa Ana’s OCASO, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. The link to the concert stream will be live on concert day: we suggest you consult the NYOC’s website for more.
August 6, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, led by guest conductor Gilles Bellemare, presents a free concert in tribute to Edith Piaf at the national capital’s Parc Domaine Mazeret. The soloist is singer Fabiola Toupin.
The Orchestre symphonique de Laval (led by music director Alain Trudel) is playing an integral role in its city’s 50th anniversary celebrations. August 6, they present a family-friendly program at Laval’s Centropolis with soprano Marie-Josée Lord. They’ll also be heard August 13 at the Berge aux Quatre-Vents, and on August 16 at Cité de la Santé de Laval.
The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal presents its 3rd annual Virée Classique/Classical Spree festival, which runs August 5, 7 and 8. Tonight’s event is a giant free concert at Montreal’s Parc olympique, with a 7 p.m. commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, followed by an 8 p.m. concert performance of Bizet’s Carmen, with an all-star cast, and flamenco dancers. Friday and Saturday concerts are 45-minute long, ticketed events, ranging from solo recitals to full orchestra, and take place in various venues at Place des Arts.
There are some glorious photographs of, and some wise quotes from, Canadian orchestra people involved in putting on outdoor orchestral concerts on the Ici Radio Canada website. You can read the article here.
We’d also commend the Victoria Symphony’s Facebook posts to you: there are some glorious photographs of this year’s concert, and they give a clear sense of the joy that event evokes!