Names of the OSM's surprise guests revealed at last!

    Robert Charlebois joins the OSM along with Marie-Josée Lord and Marc
    Hervieux, who will be singing Starmania and Puccini at the big benefit
    concert being held at Percival Molson Stadium this Saturday

    MONTREAL, Aug. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The OSM and the Alouettes are happy to
announce that singers Robert Charlebois, Marie-Josée Lord and Marc Hervieux
will be participating in the benefit concert that will take place under the
direction of Kent Nagano on Saturday, August 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Percival
Molson Stadium at the invitation of the Montreal Alouettes. According to the
weather forecast, sunny skies and an ideal summertime temperature will prevail
when the audience welcomes the Orchestra and its guests. This concert is
presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, and for the occasion, Percival Molson
Stadium will be arranged as an amphitheatre.
    Marie-Josée Lord and Marc Hervieux will be reprising their characters of
Marie-Jeanne and Zéro Janvier for the evening, the robot waitress and the
businessman in Starmania, the classic rock opera from the team of Michel
Berger and Luc Plamondon. Their performances were singled out for special
praise when the work enjoyed its symphonic premiere in November 2004 with the
OSM, an event marking the 25th anniversary of Starmania. They will
additionally be heard in two of Puccini's most famous arias, excerpts from La
Bohème and Turandot.
    Robert Charlebois, a giant of Québec song, will also sing "Ordinaire,"
one of his biggest hits, which he has already performed with the OSM.
Violinist Jonathan Crow will be guest soloist for Lalo's Symphonie espagnole.
    Once again, all proceeds from the sale of tickets will go towards
supporting two organizations involved in assisting sick and disadvantaged
children, Hôpital Sainte-Justine and Garde-Manger Pour Tous.
    Tickets are on sale at the exceptional price of $15 at the Montreal
Alouettes box office and over the Admission network. This is a unique
opportunity for the public to attend an OSM concert conducted by Kent Nagano
in one of the city's finest settings, in a convivial atmosphere. Ideal for an
open-air family outing!


                               TICKETS ON SALE

                          Alouettes: (514) 871-2255
       Admission: (514) 790-1245 / 1 800 361-4595 /

    On the program:

    Michel Berger/Luc Plamondon   Starmania, "Le monde est stone" and
                                  "Le blues du businessman"
    Robert Charlebois             "Ordinaire"
    Georges Bizet                 Carmen, Suite No. 2 (excerpts)
    Giacomo Puccini               La Bohème, "Si, mi chiamano Mimi"
                                  Turandot, "Nessun dorma"
    Edouard Lalo                  Symphonie espagnole, opus 21
    Manuel De Falla               The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 2
    Maurice Ravel                 Boléro

    This concert is presented by BMO Bank of Montreal. For the occasion,
Percival Molson Stadium will be arranged amphitheatre style.

     The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is sponsored by Hydro-Québec

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Huiban, Head of Media Relations,
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, (514) 840-7414; Sylvie Laflamme, The
Montreal Alouettes, (514) 771-4841; Press relations: The office of Francine
Chaloult, (514) 487-6547; Sources: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, The
Montreal Alouettes

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