Closing ceremony of L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS tonight - Presentation of the jupiters followed by a pyromusical fantasy "without fanfare"

    MONTREAL, Aug. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Don't be misled by the title of fireworks
presentation for the closing ceremony at the La Ronde tonight, immediately
after the jupiters are awarded! The name might be "sans tambour, ni
trompettes" (without fanfare), but the show planned by Panzera to close
L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS promises to end the
24th edition of the competition with splendor and brilliance. Moreover, the
music serving as a sound support consists of 24 pieces that all feature the
characteristic of counting, either with trumpets, drums, or, even better, both
at the same time.
    No one but Panzera could bring Montréal a "misleading presentation" like
this. The Italian firm, which is almost like part of La Ronde's team, will be
putting on its 25th firework show here. That is another way of saying that
they know the site and launch ramps inside and out, as well as what the
spectators like.
    "Really, all we want is to please the public," stated musical director
Pierre Walder, who went through about 400 CDs to pick out 30 or 31 minutes of
music. Spectators will be taken on an odysee with a common thread of
percussions and brass, running the gamut from the beginnings of New France to
Vivaldi and Rossini, and onto contemporary musicians such as Chet Baker, Alain
Morisod, and Serge Gainsbourg.
    To add to the fantasy and close the 24th edition of L'International in a
fitting manner, Panzera offers us no less than 24 highly different acts. While
the degree of difficulty of this "exercise in style" is high, the Italian firm
can count on a nearly limitless supply of its own products, since Panzera is
one of the world's major manufacturers. They have 600 types of Roman candles
in-store, with a multitude of different delay times (to keep pace with the
music!) and every color in the rainbow and pastels that have never been seen
here before. As the fireworks designer Pier Paolo Serafino, puts it, Panzera
has the advantage of using their own materials.
    A few scenes from a video interview with Pierre Walder and Maria Grazia
Gerbaudo can be viewed on the Internet at The site also lists the titles of the
24 pieces of music (drums and trumpets) that will be heard during the show.

    The 24th Edition Features Novelty and Innovation

    This year, personalities from Québec's world of art with be closely
associated with L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS.
Sylvain Cossette and Andrée Watters will be on hand for the closing ceremonies
at La Ronde. Sébastien Benoit and Patricia Paquin will be hosting the
evening's activities on the air with Rythme FM.

    Technical Details and Ticket Sales

    The shows of L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS get
underway at 10 p.m., whatever the weather. The Jacques Cartier Bridge will be
closed to vehicles on show evenings from 8 p.m. to the end of the
presentation. Reserved seats can be purchased at La Ronde on the same day (the
ticket includes unlimited access to rides and attractions on the site for the
entire day), on the Internet, and by telephone at
514-790-1245 or toll-free at 1-800-361-4595. Corporate and group packages are
available by calling La Ronde sales at 514-397-7777 or by sending an e-mail to


    The International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS would like to
extend its sincere appreciation to its valued sponsors and partners for their
immeasurable support in terms of producing and publicizing this event: title
sponsor Loto-Québec; presenter sponsor TELUS; associate sponsors Ministère du
Tourisme and the SAQ; official broadcaster 105.7 Rythme FM; and partners TVA,
Le Journal de Montréal, the Marriott Château Champlain, Belle Gueule, and
Agropur Division Fromages Fins.

    About Six Flags: La Ronde is owned by Six Flags, Inc., the world's
largest regional theme park company with 21 parks across the United States,
Mexico, and Canada. Six Flags Inc. is a publicly traded corporation
(NYSE:   SIX) based in New York.

For further information:

For further information: Martin Roy, Public Relations Manager, La Ronde,
Member of the Six Flags Family, Office: (514) 397-2001, extension 2703,

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