Spring is finally here !
With the arrival of warmer temperature in Montreal , this weekend is the perfect time to get outside, meet and discuss with others, listen to inspiring music, vamp up your summer wardrobe or just soak up some overall culture and sun.
CANDIDE Presented by Opera McGill and the McGill Chamber Orchestra:
Opera McGill, under the direction of stage director Patrick Hansen, in collaboration with the McGill Chamber Orchestra led by conductor Boris Brott, is proud to present their latest production of CANDIDE, Leonard Bernstein’s delightfully satirical operetta, based on a novella by French writer Voltaire.
The operetta, which runs from Friday, March 23rd to Sunday March 25th at McGill’s Pollack Hall, follows the comic misadventure of the lovelorn and naive Candide as he sets off to explore the world and find his place in it!
With a talented cast of 22 young performers playing 64 different roles, the operetta is well loved for its beautiful, lyrical melodies and catchy songs.
Some of the musical highlights, include the soprano show-stopper “Glitter and Be Gay,” the popular Overture, and the beautiful choral finale, “Make Our Garden Grow.”
“Bernstein’s work is absolutely a masterpiece,” comments director Patrick Hansen, “From the opening scene, when Dr. Pangloss imparts his philosophy that “all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds,” Candide goes through a series of fabulous and torturous adventures to find his way in the world, finally discovering that he has to “make his own garden grow”.”
On Saturday, March 24 at 11:00 am, Patrick Hansen will give a lecture on opera in the 1950’s Tanna Schulich Hall.
Held on the same afternoon, Opera McGill is pleased to offer a FREE performance of Poulenc’s Dialogue des Carmélites in Pollack Hall at 2:00 pm,
Friday, March 23rd & Saturday, March 24th at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 pm
McGill Pollack Hall 555 Sherbrooke Street West
Monday – Friday, noon to 6:00 p.m.
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Stella Musica Festival: Celebrating the accomplishments of women in music.
Last March 8th marked International Women’s Day: a day that pays homage to the various social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.
In tribute to this date and to celebrate their 4th edition, the Stella Musica Festival , founded by the fascinating pianist Katarzyna Musial, wishes to promote and highlight the achievements of female instrumentalists, composers & conductors, as well as commemorate the 100th year of the end of WWI.
As part of its mission, the festival serves to provide positive female role models and to support musicians in their professional development.
Under the Presidency of the Honorable Chantal Petitclerc, the Festival will take place on March 22nd and 23rd, at the magnificent Théâtre Outremont.
On the program of Thursday, March 22nd :
Intimate concert followed by a round table discussion during which women from diverse origins will discuss mental health and the psychological consequences of dealing with traumatizing events.
Choreographic concert under the theme of mental health with artists Jane Mappin and Daniel Firth will be presented.
On Friday March 23rd at 8 pm :
Dazzling soprano Natalie Choquette, who has garnered a glowing reputation as a singer and performer, and who will personify divas from various eras.
Member of the Odawa First Nation, the remarkable musician and composer Barbara Croall.
On Friday, there will also be an exploration of the personal complexities experienced by those suffering from mental illness, through the dance Ils m’ont dit, by choreographer Jane Mappin and dancer Daniel Firth.
Their experience is translated into choreographed movement as a means of celebrating the inherent dignity that is present in their lives.
Stella Musica Festival: Thursday March 22nd and Friday March 23rd
For more information on tickets, the Festival and it’s annual activities please visit :
Fashion Preview # 9
Looking to revamp your wardrobe or just searching for inspiration?
Montreal enjoys a vibrant and diverse fashion scene. At Fashion Preview you can see how young designers draw inspiration from our distinct, cultural melting pot and re-transform fashion in unbelievable ways!
Founded in 2014 by Emanuela Lolli, Fashion Preview is the bi-annual, glamorous, three day fashion event that showcases local Montreal Designers while providing an intimate venue for professionals in the design and fashion realm to purchase, discuss and network.
This year’s 9th edition will be held on the 26-27-28th of March in the agora of le Coeur des sciences UQAM faculty. For three consecutive days, attendees, models, fashion designers, photographers, buyers and avid fans alike will be able to marvel at the latest collections to hit the runway.
On the program this year:
Day 1 :
École Supérieure de mode
LaSalle College | Montreal
Attendees can also marvel at the creations of various local accessory designers:
Nina Nanas Jewelry,
Also on the program this edition:
In collaboration with Fashion Preview, Compétences 2000 training center has the honor to present a capsule exhibition presenting outfits imagined by the students of the program “Customized fashion “. These young designers worked on crinoline techniques to create petticoats, bustiers, and dresses, in the same fabric.
For more information on the three days of Fashion Preview #9, held on 26-27-28th of March in the Agora of le Coeur des sciences UQAM faculty, please visit their main website: