Proceeds from this 11th Concert contre le Cancer, presented by Assistenza International, will go to the Institut du cancer de Montréal to help fund cancer research.
This year’s program “Vie de Bohème” will feature pianist André Laplante, accompanied by the Ochestre Métropolitain, under the conductor Alain Trudel; revisiting the works of great Easter European composers we will be transported through the eras in what will be an unforgettable evening. They will be performing Bedřich Smetana, The Moldau; Franz Liszt, Concerto No. 1; Franz Schubert, Unfinished Symphony No. 8, and Antonín Dvořák, The Slavonic Dances.
Quebec pianist André Laplante has established himself as one of the great romantic virtuosos of our day. This renowned artist has recorded several albums, devoted in particular to the works of Liszt (Felix Prize, 1995) and Rachmaninov. In 2006 he won the Opus prize for Performer of the Year, awarded by the Conseil Québécois de la Musique.
Since 2009 the Concert contre le Cancer has raised nearly $4.5 million net. These donations help the ICM sustain its commitment to its Reverse the Brain Drain program. Introduced in 2007 this program is designed to attract oncology researchers who were pursuing their careers outside of the country, back to Montreal with the goal of promoting scientific advancement and the development of better cancer treatments.