"Hello New York. Montréal here. Come in please!" - 13th edition of Pointe-à-Callière's Port Symphonies

    MONTREAL, March 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum
of Archaeology and History, presents the 13th edition of its Port Symphonies
on March 4 and 11 at 1:30 p.m. For the occasion, the Museum has called upon
composer André Duchesne, an artist well known on the musique actuelle scene.
    With his original composition "Hello New York, Montréal Here. Come in
please!" André Duchesne opens a dialogue between guitarist Bernard Falaise and
the horns of boats and trains in the Port. In all, five boats, two trains and
the church bells of the Notre-Dame Basilica will take part in this concert
that will begin with an original performance on metal stringed instruments of
a composition by Merlin Ettore, as performed by the composer and Joannie
    The public can attend this free event in Place Royale and the area
surrounding Pointe-à-Callière.

    About André Duchesne

    Writer-composer-performer and guitarist André Duchesne has worked in the
musique actuelle milieu for over thirty years. Founder of the ensembles
Conventum, Les 4 Guitaristes de l'Apocalypso-Bar and Locomotive, he has also
composed soundtracks for several films including André Forcier's L'Eau chaude
l'eau frette (1976), as well as Le royaume ou l'asile (1989) and Un souffle
qui brûle (2001) by brothers Jean and Serge Gagné.
    In 1996, he composed the music for the opera Le rêve de Marguerite Belley
on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the city of Jonquière. In 2000, he
took part in the collective composition of the Millennium Symphony, a work
written by 19 composers for 333 musicians, which was performed before a crowd
of 50,000 people on the site of Saint Joseph's Oratory. He was a resident
artist at the Internationales Kunstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg, Germany
in 2002 and at the Studio du Québec in Paris in 2005. His discography includes
some fifteen recordings.

    About Merlin Ettore

    Endowed with an enigmatic style, Merlin Ettore is a young drummer with an
eccentric and organic approach. He has performed over 500 concerts around the
world, in addition to taking part in numerous projects and collaborations.
Here, he is presenting an original work with arrangements by percussionist
Joannie Labelle.

    Discount on admission to the Museum

    Pointe-à-Callière is offering a 50% discount on admission to the Museum
on the two Port Symphonies Sundays. Visitors will be able to take the
opportunity to see the temporary exhibition The St. Lawrence Iroquoians. Corn
People. Discover, through some 130 artifacts, the horticultural people who
introduced corn to the St. Lawrence valley. Guided tours in English, on
Sundays, March 4 and 11, at 2:30 p.m.

    Street Closures

    In order to carry out this large-scale event, certain streets must be
closed to traffic on Sundays, March 4 and 11:
    from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
    - Place Royale (East and West)
    - De la Capitale
    - Place D'Youville
      (between de la Commune and Saint-François-Xavier Streets)

    from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.:
    - de la Commune Street will also be subject to a short-term closure
      during the concerts, which will affect access from certain other

    Pointe-à-Callière's Port Symphonies receive financial support under the
Agreement on the cultural development of Montréal between the Ministère de la
Culture et des Communications du Québec and the City of Montréal. The Quays of
the Old Port and the Société de développement commercial du Vieux-Montréal
also contribute to the event's funding. The Museum wishes to thank the
MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival for its support in promoting the activity.

    The Museum is subsidized by the City of Montréal.

For further information:

For further information: Catherine Roberge, Communications Coordinator,
(514) 872-7858, croberge@pacmusee.qc.ca; Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of
Archaeology and History: General information: (514) 872-9150,

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