Montreal plans concert in empty airport

Montreal plans concert in empty airport


norman lebrecht

July 08, 2020

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is planning an outdoors benefit concert on August 5 at YUL Montreal-Trudeau Airport’s vacant P5 parking lot. There is room for 550 vehicles and the audience will not be allowed to get out.

Jacques Lacombe, conductor
Hélène Guilmette, soprano
Jean-François Lapointe, baritone

Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte [The Magic Flute], Don Giovanni, (excerpts)
Beethoven: Symphony no. 5 in C minor, op. 67



  • CA says:

    Not exactly a stellar choice of music, now is it?

  • Euphonium Al says:

    Exciting venue, tedious program. Hopefully they’ll bring their octobasses (if I’m thinking of the right orchestra)

    • V. Lind says:

      I think the word “tedious” is a little strong. I suspect they have chosen popular stuff to get people out who might not be regular concert-goers but are music- and entertainment-starved.

      Benefits often go for popular choices as they are raising money — this time probably for their own selves.

    • Karl says:

      They now have three octobasses. I’m waiting for someone to write and octobass concerto.

  • MacroV says:

    Interesting idea, but not the most compelling program. Nice to see Jacques Lacombe getting work, though.

  • Sisko24 says:

    I was sorta hoping they’d perform Blitzstein’s ‘Airborne Symphony’. That would’ve been ‘site appropriate’, no?