On Wednesday 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 programme features music drawn from our country’s European roots:
Rossini – Overture from Barber of Seville
Grieg – Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
Bartok – Rumanian Folk Dances
Brahms – Hungarian Dances nos. 5 & 6
Chabrier – Suite pastorale
Smetana – Ma Vlast: Vltava (Die Moldau)
Walton – Crown Imperial Coronation March
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 in the village. 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 get 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. Come early and enjoy what’s going on.
Free classical music! Soul-enriching culture! And as an enticing bonus, the fireworks are scheduled for 10 PM, right after we finish, and the church steps are a glorious spot from which to watch them. Write it on your calendar, and feel free to tell all your friends and family members! The more the merrier!