Québec City 400th anniversary celebrations - Record crowd hears OSQ on the Plains of Abraham: 60,000 people attend magical event

    QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - It was with great pride that
Orchestre symphonique de Québec presented Tchaikovsky's percussive
1812 Overture and Orff's Carmina Burana to an audience of 60,000 people in a
performance that brought over 300 artists together on stage.
    For Maestro Talmi, the concert was a moment of pure delight: "I was
captivated by the musicians' performance. It was beyond words. And I'm
extremely satisfied with the work of all the artists who made this top notch
performance possible."
    OSQ executive director Sophie Galaise described the outdoor concert with
its huge audience as an event that will go down in Orchestra history.
    Over 300 artists, including soloists Aline Kutan, Nathaniel Watson, and
Mathew White, the OSQ musicians and choir, the Rhapsodes choir, Maîtrise des
Petits chanteurs de Québec, the brass and percussion sections of the Royal
22nd Regiment Band, and members of the 5th Light Artillery Regiment of Canada
gathered on stage to mark the end of the last big weekend of 400th anniversary
celebrations with this colorful concert. The 23 cannon shots in the
1812 Overture and the fireworks display during the finale of Carmina Burana
first surprised, then delighted the audience. Moreover, the magnificent visual
montage created by designer Bernard White provided the beautiful finishing
touches to this wonderful performance.

    Honors for Maestro Talmi and his orchestra

    Maestro Talmi was presented with Québec City's official 400th anniversary
medal for his generous contribution to the anniversary celebrations, with
Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand in March, the Clan des oiseaux multimedia
project, the July concert with Jorane at the Agora, and the concert on the
Plains. The medal was also awarded to other eminent figures such as Paul
McCartney, Robert Lepage, Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, and Québec
premier Jean Charest. Maestro Talmi shared the honor with his musicians.

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For further information: Joannie Francoeur, Communications Agent, (418)
646-0599, jfrancoeur@osq.qc.ca

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