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Monday, 6 July 2015

This Week in Montreal: July 6 to 12


Andrei Feher (Photo: Pierre-Etienne Bergeron)

This Week in Montreal: July 6 to 12

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 Laforest. 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, www.concertspopulairesdemontreal.com

Festival-Opéra de Saint-Eustache – Place aux jeunes
From July 10 to 12, Saint-Eustache’s Festival-Opera will welcome baritone Hugo Laporte, winner of the OSM Standard Life Competition, as well as the winners of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs lyriques. They will perform a free concert at the Promenade Paul-Sauvé, behind Saint-Eustache church (July 12, 2:30 pm). Male soprano Étienne Cousineau, discovered on La Voix, will present a mix of opera arias and musicals, on July 11 at La petite église art centre. He will be accompanied by soprano Geneviève Charest and pianist Pierre McClean. www.festivaloperasteustache.com

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. www.hahaha.com

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. www.hahaha.com

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