Dancing in the park with OM

This year, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Centraide of Greater Montreal, the Orchestre Métropolitain is joining forces with the organization to offer free concerts to residents of three boroughs.

This concert series, hosted by Vanessa Destiné, will be conducted by the charismatic Naomi Woo, who will be back on the podium after having won over audiences during open-air concerts in 2023. The OM’s artistic collaborator will surely get people dancing with her infectious enthusiasm.

Saint-Léonard, Parc Wilfrid-Bastien, July 9, 7:30pm
Lachine, Parc LaSalle, July 10, 7:30pm
Montréal-Nord, Parc Pilon, July 13, 7:30pm

These three concerts will be among the many celebrations held during an exceptional year for Centraide of Greater Montreal, commemorating five decades of solidarity, generosity, and social impact. “In the Greater Montreal area, some 315,000 people are grappling with limited financial resources and can’t afford to take any time to themselves. According to a study, over one-third of the population says they have had to reduce their leisure time due to the increased cost of living,” said Claude Pinard, President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal. “To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we want to give people of all ages the chance to enjoy themselves at an open-air concert. Our goal is to provide them with a memorable experience through music.”

A Festive Night
There will be a festive atmosphere and a musical program featuring international dance music spanning the ages. In one evening, you’ll be transported from the Viennese Court with a waltz by Strauss to a Romani wagon with Brahms’s Hungarian Dances and under the Spanish sun with Manuel De Falla. Then you’ll be taken to the streets of New York City with Bernstein and back to the Québécois countryside with a dance by Claude Champagne.

This musical program weaves together diverse cultures, painting a portrait where each piece and nation has its own colour. The love of music and dance crosses borders, bringing together people from all backgrounds, just as this concert welcomes families and neighbours to a local park for an unforgettable summer night.

These concerts are free.