You know the Canada Day concert is coming up, right?
On Friday July 1 the Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra will be giving a free (yes, free!) concert as part of the overall Canada Day celebrations in conjunction with Pointe-Claire Village. We do this every year, and itâ€™s always terrific fun. Our conductor is the justly famed Stewart Grant, who is phenomenal.
This yearâ€™s energetic programme features:
Mozart: Magic Flute overture
Schubert: Unfinished Symphony
Strauss Jr: Emperor Waltz
Strauss Sr: Radetzy March
Strauss Jr: Pizzicato Polka
Strauss Jr: Die Fledermaus overture
The concert begins at 20h00. As always, this Canada Day concert is being presented at St-Joachim church in Pointe-Claire Village, located right on the waterfront at 2 Ste-Anne Street, a block and a half south of Lakeshore Road. The 211 bus from Lionel-Groulx metro drops you right at the corner of Sainte-Anne and Lakeshore. Hereâ€™s a map to give you a general idea. I usually encourage those facing public transport to get together and coax a vehicle-enabled friend along by offering to buy them an ice cream or something. It works nicely, and itâ€™s fun to go with a group. And hey, you canâ€™t beat the price. Be aware that if youâ€™re driving, parking will be at a premium because of the whole Canada Day festivities thing going on. Give yourself extra time to find a parking place and walk to the church, which will be packed with people.
As it’s a holiday, the village will be full of various celebrations, booths, food stalls, and the like. You might want to come early and enjoy what’s going on.
Free classical music! Soul-enriching culture! And as an enticing bonus, the fireworks are scheduled for ten PM, right after we finish, and the church steps are a glorious spot from which to watch them. Write it on your calendar, tell all your friends and family members! The more the merrier!
And a random observation: You know you’ve got just about a month to go before your baby’s born when youâ€™ve extended the celloâ€™s endpin as far as it can go to make a more pronounced angle so that the back of the instrument doesnâ€™t lie on your bump, and as a result the fingerboard angle is all wrong and your shifts and basic intonation go into the toilet.
(Or maybe thatâ€™s just me.)
One more dress rehearsal! One more concert on Canada Day! And then I can hang my bow up and put my cello in its box stand till a couple of weeks after the baby is born. I just have to make it through the next ten daysâ€¦