QUEBEC CITY, May 18, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The inaugural concert by the OSQ's new musical director will kick off Classik, a series of outdoor musical events that will run from August 8-11, 2012 on the Loto-Québec stage (National Assembly Plaza).
FABIEN GABEL AND THE OSQ - Wednesday, August 8 at 8:30 pm
This will be Fabien Gabel's very first concert as the OSQ's musical director in Quebec City. To mark the occasion, he will be offering a highly colourful program of works by Tchaikovsky, John Williams, Bizet and Verdi. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be presented the following day before the screening of The Child Prodigy.
THE CHILD PRODIGY - Thursday, August 9 at 8:30 pm
This will be an outdoor screening of The Child Prodigy (L'enfant prodige), which chronicles the incredible story of pianist André Mathieu. Directed by Luc Dionne under the musical direction of Alain Lefèvre and featuring Patrick Drolet, Macha Grenon and Marc Labrèche, the film recounts the tormented life of "Canada's Mozart".
FLYING STEPS - Friday, August 10 at 8:30 pm
Flying Steps, four-time gold medallists in the World Breakdance Championships, will be offering breathtaking choreography set to excerpts from J. S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier performed on harpsichord and piano. An uncanny mix of classical and contemporary dance with a 21st century twist! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwMw5gYncGE&feature=related
JESSYE NORMAN - Friday, August 10 at 7:00 pm, Grand Theâtre de Québec
The great American soprano with the rich and spellbinding voice is back after a long absence. This intimate concert, a Canadian exclusive, will feature well-known works by George Gershwin, John Williams, Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. The musical director for this highly anticipated event will be Rachael Worby. Tickets on sale through Billetech (starting at $77). www.billetech.com
DJ CHAMPION AND HIS SYMPHONIC G-STRINGS - Saturday, August 11 at 8:30 pm
Maxime Morin, better known as DJ Champion, has been filling dance floors ever since his debut album, Chill 'Em All, was released in 2004. Revered throughout Quebec, the crown prince of electronic music is now drawing inspiration from a brand new source: classical music! In addition to his G-Strings, Maxime will be accompanied by some 60 OSQ musicians, conducted by Fabien Gabel, as he presents his greatest hits in a ground-breaking new format: the symphonic rave! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJjYlv8HiBs
National Assembly Plaza: $40 for the four-day passport
or $30 per show
12 years or younger admitted free of charge
Tickets on sale now at www.osq.org/classik or (418) 643-8486
Download the posters here
MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT WORKSHOPS - everyday beginning at noon
During these workshops, children aged 6 and younger will learn to play instruments such as the guiro and the agogo bell. There will also be a percussion circle for 7-to-12 year olds, in which they will explore the possibilities of rhythmic improvisation using djembes and other types of drums. Led by Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, the non-stop workshops will be presented every day beginning at noon. Activities will include circus arts, handicrafts and demonstrations on how to make a violin. Don't miss out on all the fun: August 8-11, National Assembly Plaza!
For further information:
Claudie Lapointe, Mercure Communication, (418) 681-5559, ext. 58