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Monday, 20 July 2015

This Week in Montreal: July 20 to 26

Andrei Feher (Photo: Pierre-Etienne Bergeron)

This Week in Montreal: July 20 to 26

Concerts Populaires de Montreal
The Orchestre Métropolitain and maestro Julian Kuerti will open the Concerts Populaires series on June 25 with young Canadian violinist Kerson Leong, Radio-Canada’s Discovery of the Year in 2014-2015. The OM is back on July 23, under the baton of young conductor Andrei Feher, recently named Discovery of the Year at the 2015 Prix Opus gala. Audiences will hear Gianna Corbisiero in a program of Gershwin (July 9) and Marc Hervieux singing musicals (July 30) conducted by Stéphane Larforest. A concert-show with
Richard Desjardins, Alexandre Da Costa and Alexandre Éthier will feature the poetry of Lorca and the music of Spain (July 16). Under the direction of Gilles Bellemare, an evening hosted by Marc Hervieux will present the perfect balance of musical and culinary delights (July 17). Centre Pierre-Charbonneau,

OSM in the Park
Following Wilfrid Pelletier’s tradition, the OSM will give free concerts in Montreal’s parks this summer. This year, assistant conductor Dina Gilbert will direct the concerts, and violinist Yolanda Bruno, winner of the OSM 2013 competition, will be the guest soloist. The OSM will perform at the following parks: Montréal-Nord (July 17, 7:30 pm.), Blainville (July 22, 7:30 pm) and Pincourt (July 23, 7:30 pm.).

Orchestre Métropolitain in the Park
This summer, the OM is playing in the park. Catch the July 24 concert at Vancouver Park in l’Île-des-Sœurs, featuring the great classics from Mozart and Schubert directed by Andrei Fehrer. Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin will direct the Fantasy-Overture from Romeo and Juliet and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 on two occasions - July 29 at the park on l’Île Lebel de Repentigny and July 30 at the Chalet de la Montagne as part of the Campbell Concerts series.

Just for Laughs -  July 8 to 28
Big names at this year’s Just for Laughs include Neil Patrick Harris, Trevor Noah, and Jane Lynch hosting the Videotron Galas. Mike Myers, Bill Burr, and Dave Chappelle will also be there, and Moroccan Montrealer and francophone comedy star Rachid Badouri makes his English-language debut in The Ethnic Show. But if clubs and big venues aren’t your style, the streets will be filled with plenty of performers to tickle your funny bone - like chart-topping musician/satirist Weird Al Yankovic, who performs a free outdoor show on July 21.

Montreal’s comedy festival Just For Laughs, presents GREASE (in French) this summer, at Théâtre St-Denis. Tickets were selling out so fast that as of mid-April producers had to extend the run in order to meet demand. Grande dame of Quebec theatre and cinema, Denise Filiatrault, serves as artistic advisor, while Toronto-based Andrew Shaver directs. Set in 1950s Chicago, the cast of working-class characters comprises a cross-section of youth subculture called “greasers,” hence the title. Local singers Annie Villeneuve and Jason Roy Léveillé play lovestruck teenagers, Sandy & Danny. The musical score invokes early 50’s rock ‘n roll and features a 17-member cast, which includes Normand Brathwaite (as Vince). Translated and adapted by Yves Morin, with musical direction by Guillaume St-Laurent. June 17-July 25.

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