This is a cultural mecca – a virtual one – to which I wish to draw the attention of music lovers and all those who would like to learn more about music. This international audiovisual platform offers on-line live and repeat broadcasts of operas, concerts and festivals, and has a catalogue of over 1,300 films and videos featuring music from the Baroque to the contemporary era, documentaries, ballets – in short, countless hours of enchantment! And I am particularly happy to be able to announce the live broadcast, on March 17, on Medici TV, of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, conducted by Kent Nagano, at the Vienna Konzerthaus, one of three concerts by the OSM being aired on this Web platform.
Nuit Blanche à Montréal
From March 1 to February 2, 2014
What a wonderful initiative our Nuit Blanche is, transforming several parts of Montreal into one large, very festive party, so firmly embedded a tradition now that we could no longer live without it. This year, the 11th edition takes place from Saturday, March 1, to Sunday, March 2, offering over 200 activities, including the visual arts, film, theatre, dance, comedy, performances, stories and poetry, games, and even yoga! There’s something here for every Montrealer. And, although it won’t be possible, even for the most ambitious night owls, to see and do everything, the programming variety in itself is thrilling and many of the events are completely free of charge.
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Théâtre Jean Duceppe
From February 19 to March 29, 2014
175, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
The theatre arts appeal to me in a very special way, but is that really any surprise? A stone’s throw from my office, the Théâtre Jean Duceppe offers programming from September to May that is always interesting, regardless of whether it’s something from the repertoire or a new creation. Furthermore, this theatre, with its very wide stage and long rows of seats, allows the members of the audience to feel closer to the actors, and this adds a special dimension to the show unfolding before their eyes. On February 19, the new play Sunderland by Clément Koch opens, introducing us to some colourful characters coping with unemployment in a small northern England town. And, on February 22, 185 Bravos, a magnificent outdoor sound and light show will take place from 7 to 7:30 p.m. to mark the theatre’s 40th anniversary, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Place des Arts, the 80th anniversary of the OSM and, last but not least, the 15th anniversary of Montréal en Lumière.