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Happening in Montréal this month:
Concerts and Shows
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (2013-2014)
March 01, 04, 05, 06, 19, 20, 2014 – Place Des Arts/Maison Symphonique
The OSM will be playing in a new concert hall and will have a new home. At the dawn of a new era in the OSMs history, which begins in September, Kent Nagano extended this invitation to the community: “Our city is receiving a new heart: a new music centre, a wonderful concert hall for unforgettable musical events. While we make music for our fellow citizens, this new venue now makes the OSM, more than ever, a world ambassador for a special sense of citizenship that is deeply human and culturally aware.
Let it be a symbol and a sign of a deliberate musical culture in which national traditions and sources connect with a broad, open-minded universalism. We invite friends and music-lovers to accompany us in our explorations of artistic creativity and managing change, so that we may continue to enjoy together the countless expressions and variations that can be found in music. www.pda.qc.ca
Orchestre Métropolitain (2013-2014)
March 12, 13, 14 & 16, 2014 – Various Locations
The upcoming season will feature more programs and several exciting additions - not least the new concert hall at Place des Arts. Combining exceptional acoustic qualities with a closer proximity between the musicians and the audience, this new hall is sure to foster an intimate and powerful concert experience.
To mark its 31st season, the orchestra will present 10 musical programs including some of the greatest repertoire classics as well as works drawn from other genres such as jazz, tango and world music. In total, the 2011-2012 season will feature 29 concerts in 11 different locations, and it will see the , Ontarian conductor Julian Kuerti, American soprano Angela Meade, the Quasar saxophone ensemble, the Montreal-based group Quartango, and percussionist Marie-Josée Simard. OM play host to famous artists such as Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, cellist and Montréal native Stephen Tetreault
Added to this impressive lineup is a weekend featuring the complete symphonies of Brahms as well as his Violin Concerto, played by young American violinist Benjamin Beilman, plus the continuation of Haydn's London symphonies and the end of the Mahler cycle with the presentation of the Adagio from Tenth Symphony. A new after-work chamber music series will also be presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art's new Bourgie concert hall, and details will be announced in the weeks to come. www.orchestremetropolitain.com
Opéra de Montréal (Saison 2013-2014) – Hansel & Gretel
March 22, 25, 27 & 29, 2014 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid Pelletier
An enchanting opera filled with refreshing melodies and colorful characters. A fairytale for young and old that combines the richness of a Wagnerian orchestra with the simplicity of folk songs. An exceptional collaboration with the National Circus School and the National Theatre School of Canada. Emerging artists, opera, and circus arts… it promises to be magical. Two children, off picking strawberries, lose their way in the forest. Along the way, they come across the Dew Fairy, the Sandman, and a mouth-watering gingerbread house… not to mention a threatening cannibalistic witch. www.operademontreal.com
Grands Ballets Canadiens – Rodin/Claudel De Peter Quanz
March 13 to 22, 2014, 2014 – Place des Arts/Théâtre Maisonneuve
A commissioned piece that premiered in September 2011, this narrative ballet recounts the torrid romance of French sculptors Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel, from the flowering of their shared creative passion to Claudel’s downward spiral into poverty and madness. To represent the burst of creativity that stemmed from their union, and the psychological toll it exerted, Quanz added a 12-member ensemble of six men and six women: “sculptures” that embody the shapes and emotions emanating from the minds of the artists. www.gransballets.com
From The Ground Up
February 27 to March 08, 2014 – La Tohu
A new world is arising: a place where diversity prevails, where life if simple, and where boredom makes way for pleasure and exuberance! Never taking themselves seriously, the circus Oz perfomers have an indefinable knack for adorable absurdity that delights audiences of all ages. Merry, colourful, daring, spectacular, and dead funny, these acrobats, jugglers, musicians, and aerial artists will do anything to entertain you. Operating in a world of ladders, bricks, mortar and bulging muscles, they add a touch of rock & roll and clownery to the act: Broadway meets a construction site! www.latohu.ca
The Book of Bob
February 04 to March 02, 2014 – Centaur Theatre
Meet Bob, a middle-aged professor who works hard, disdains evil and lives green. He eats a low-fat/high-fibre diet, recycles and composts, and doesn’t possess a car or cellphone as a matter of principle. A woman stands behind him. This is God. Observing that Bob is a self-congratulatory soul, She assaults his righteous existence with a host of misfortunes, starting with the disruptive use of a smartphone during one of his lectures. Bob confronts Her assaults - even though he is an atheist and denies God’s very existence. www.centaurtheatre.com
Glen Garry Glen Ross
March 16 to 30, 2014 – Segal Centre
Lies, bribery and intimidation. Four Chicago real estate agents are prepared to do just about anything to stay at the top of their game in this masterpiece of American drama. With scintillating dialogue that will have you on the edge of your seat, Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet’s brilliant dark comedy asks: just how far will you go to close the deal? www.segalcentre.org
Les Beatles À Montréal
March 29, 2013 to March 30, 2014 – Museum Pointe-À-Callière
The Beatles released their first album in March 1963, made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, and gave two concerts during their only visit to Montréal, on September 8, 1964. That day, The Beatles performed two concerts at the Montréal Forum on St. Catherine Street, before 21,000 audience members. It is a memorable event that has gone down in Québec history: the music of The Beatles would accompany the emancipation of an entire generation and the transformation of Québec society of the 1960s, at the dawn of the Quiet Revolution. For the occasion of the 50th anniversary of this historic event, Pointe-à-Callière is preparing an exhibition on the Montréal stopover of this mythical British group that revolutionized pop music around the world, and that also had a profound influence on musical trends that took root right here in Montréal and in Québec. In addition to revisiting this singular event, the exhibition will take us back to the effervescent music scene in 1960s Montréal and Québec: Les Baronets, Les Classels, Les Hou-Lops, Les Bel-Air and Les Sultans... groups that are synonymous with the “yé-yé” era and whose names still resonate today, among the young and the not-so-young. www.pacmusee.qc.ca
March 25 to April 20, 2014 – Centaur theatre
After completing a cross-country bike trip, Leo visits his lefty, 91 year-old grandmother in Greenwich Village and stays for a while. They have great affection for each other but the unlikely roommates start to bicker and berate each other in an Odd Couple kind of way. Both are at painful crossroads in their lives. The prickly Vera is grappling with the realities of life in her senior years and Leo is wrestling with a family crisis and the haunting memory of a tragic accident. Not to mention a girlfriend who rebuffs him even though he’s crossed the country to woo her. 4000 Miles is a funny and moving play that dignifies old age and illuminates the healing power of companionship and intergenerational relationships. www.centaurtheatre.com
February 25 to March 23, 2014 – Centaur Theatre
Penned by the renowned author of Balconville this powerful drama gives a voice to the disillusioned working class women employed at the British Munitions Factory in Verdun, Quebec during World War I. With tensions running high across the country over conscription and linguistic and religious issues, dedicated mothers, wives, sisters and sweethearts assemble artillery shells to support the war effort and inadvertently find themselves assembled to bring about change. This munitions manufacturer employed over 4,000 women, including Fennario’s mother. Tragically, the city of Verdun sacrificed more soldiers to both World Wars. www.centaurtheatre.com
Ice Skating in the Old Port of Montreal
December 01, 2013 to March 10, 2014 – Bassin Bonsecours
At the Old Port, the joys of winter come earlier than anywhere else, thanks to the skating rink opening on december 1! Perfect ice, incredible views of historic Old-Montreal and the river, and dynamic, exhilarating and entertaining activities are what await you at the Old Port skating rink all winter long! The great music and special lightning only add to the fun! www.oldportofmontreal.com
Pointe-à-Callière’s Port of Symphonies
March 03 & 10, 2013 – Old Port of Montreal (Place Royale) ** Only Sundays **
On two occasions during our wonderful winter season, Pointe-à-Callière will bring Old Montréal to life with the sound of its Port Symphonies. For this unique outdoor concert, trains, tugboats, boats moored in the Old Port for the winter, and other urban instruments, will unite their musical sounds to create an original work of the most unusual kind. The event begins at 1:30 pm on Place Royale, the ideal vantage point from which to fully enjoy the Port Symphonies. www.pacmusee.qc.ca
Maple Syrup Season - Sugaring Off
Entire month of March & part of April 2014
Sugaring off is a cultural rite-of-passage in Montreal. A short-lived season that varies every year, somewhere from late February to early May, perhaps the best known activity is eating hot maple taffy off fresh snow.
Hot taffy-on-snow stands start appearing in town around early March near Mont-Royal Metro, the Jean-talon Market and other select locations around the city. While they soothe urgent maple cravings, they also bring up the nostalgia for an authentic sugar shack or cabane à sucre experience.
Montréal Canadiens Hockey
March 01, 12, 15, 18, 20 & 25, 2014
Attending a hockey game in Montréal is the ultimate hockey experience. During February, our home team will challenge several NHL opponents at the Bell Center. www.centrebell.ca
Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)March 28 & 29, 2013 – Hedley & Miley Cyrus
Place des Arts (www.pda.qc.ca)
March 11, 2014 – Phillip Phillips
Wednesday march 05, 2014 – Bill Burr (Comedian)
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