This Week in Montreal: July 22 to 28
Attracting a loyal and enthusiastic public every year, the Concerts populaires de Montréal will take place from June 27 to August 1. There will be three concerts by the Orchestre Métropolitain under the direction of conductors Julian Kuerti, Alain Trudel and James Darling, as well as three performances by the Sinfonia de Lanaudière under the direction of Stéphane Laforest. Music-lovers will have the pleasure of hearing acclaimed soloists such as tenor Marc Hervieux, (June 27), soprano Lyne Fortin and baritone Étienne Dupuis (July 11), soprano Karine Boucher and baritone Gino Quilico (July 18) and violinist Élaine Marcil (July 25). Hosted by Winston McQuade. Centre Pierre-Charbonneau, 7:30 PM, 514-899-0644, extension 202.
- Renée Banville
There is a great selection of music performed in parks this summer. For classical music, we will mention three concerts at Garneau Park: the Quatuor de saxophones Nota Bene, which explores all kinds of repertoire (July 4); Trente Doigts, an acoustic guitar ensemble (July 11); and the Trio Vincent Bélanger, which offers a varied selection of works from Handel to Morricone (July 25). www.accesculture.com
- Renée Banville
As part of the 2013 summer season, the Orchestre de la Francophonie presents four concerts in Montreal. July 24, guest conductor Douglas Pace Sturdevant conducts the OF at Pollack Hall. OF conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay provides musical direction for concerts on August 12, 13 and 14 at Salle Pierre-Mercure. At these concerts, audiences will have the chance to hear renowned soloists such as Pascale Beaudin, Serhiy Salov and Élissa Cassini, and upcoming soloists such as Sheila Jaffe, Thomas Chartré and Philippe Prudhomme. And finally, a Montreal premiere: a piece by composer Frédéric Chiasson. www.orchestrefranco.com