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April 11, 2022

From April 19 to August 14, Place des Arts presents the free exhibition Bébé Symphonique: Music for Growing

Montreal, April 11, 2022 - Research has shown that sound, rhythm, and music all play a key role in infant and child development. This fascinating subject is at the heart of the free exhibition Bébé Symphonique: Music for Growing, which is being presented in Place des Arts’ exhibition room from April 19 to August 14. On display will be a selection of 18 giant photos of infants interacting with musical instruments, accompanied by several scientific facts to further your knowledge of the tremendous benefits of music where children are concerned. To complement the exhibition, two interactive terminals will feature all the photos by Annie Savard-Filion, as well as the Bébé Symphonique music album, composed and arranged by conductor Simon Leclerc and performed by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.


“Ever since becoming a photographer I have been interested in portraits of mothers-to-be, couples, newborns, and children. The Bébé Symphonique project required imagination and patience! Some babies were calm, merely observing or daydreaming, while others were in a more playful mood and took liberties in the positioning of the musical instruments with which they were being photographed. I chose to let them fully express their creativity! The photos capture the candidness of babies sleeping in a concert tom or the beauty of tiny hands exploring the bell of a saxophone, for example” says Annie Savard-Filion, photographer.


“Annie’s photos are full of life and alone make the visit worthwhile! Place des Arts also wanted to emphasize the benefits of music on toddlers, so we created an exhibition that allows us to see, through a unique scenography, the effect of music on the personal, social, and emotional development of the child” says Clothilde Cardinal, Director of Programming at Place des Arts.


This exhibition is part of the larger Bébé Symphonique project, sponsored by Marie-Claude Barrette. Designed by Nicolas Lemieux, artistic director, producer, and president of GSI Musique, the Bébé Symphonique project includes a book, a magazine, an album performed by OSM musicians, and a series of immersive shows at the Planetarium. The OSM is an artistic partner of the project.



April 19 to August 14, 2022

Tuesday to Friday from 4pm to 8pm

Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 8pm

Place des Arts’ exhibition room



Entretien arts et société -

The Benefits of Music on Child Development

Alongside the Bébé Symphonique: Music for Growing exhibition, Place des Arts is also presenting its final Entretien arts et société event of the season (on Thursday, April 28 at noon): The Benefits of Music on Child Development. Introducing children to sounds and music helps foster relaxation, listening, motor coordination, intellectual ability, and the development of verbal, social, and emotional language. This talk, moderated by ICI Première radio host, musician, and writer Catherine Perrin will bring together Adama Daou, artist-mediator at the Centre des musiciens du monde; Simon Leclerc, conductor and composer of the music for the Bébé Symphonique album; Isabelle Peretz, Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences – Psychology Department at the Université de Montréal; and Guylaine Vaillancourt, Associate Professor of music therapy and Chair of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University, for a discussion of the effects of music on infant development, children’s right to music, and music therapy.


Please note that the discussion will be held in French.


Thursday April 28, noon to 1pm

Webcast on the Place des Arts Facebook page

In person at the Place des Arts Salon urbain (no reservation required) – 1600 St-Urbain Street



The Bébé Symphonique: Music for Growing exhibition and the Entretiens arts et société are made possible thanks to the financial support of the Fondation de la Place des Arts. The exhibition also benefits from a partnership with La Presse.


About the L’Art en soi program at Place des Arts

Throughout the year, L’Art en soi offers activities that introduce you to the performing arts, accompanied by professional artists. The activities are geared to participants of all ages and backgrounds—including families, students, and members of various communities. L’Art en soi also provides support for artists, with the goal of facilitating the creation and presentation of new original works.





Marie-Claude Lépine, Communications Manager
Place des Arts | 514 285-4271 |



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