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August 9, 2021

Take a Summer Break on the Place des Arts Esplanade!

Montreal, August 9, 2020 – The performing arts are back in the spotlight on the Place des Arts Esplanade from August 19 to 28! As part of its Summer Break on the Esplanade, Place des Arts is presenting free shows, every evening at 5 pm (with a break on Sundays and Mondays). Classical music with Charles-Richard Hamelin, the OSM, and musicians from the Orchestre Métropolitain; jazz with Lorraine Desmarais; piano improvisation with Guillaume Martineau; Inuit throat singing and a musical journey from Japan to Scandinavia to the United Arab Emirates with the group Oktoécho; flamenco, Latin American, and pop music with the Templier/Larenas Duo; and classical dance with Les Grands Ballets: a diverse and emotionally rich program of shows is in store for Montrealers eager to reconnect with artists and rediscover the joy of attending outdoor performances, in the heart of downtown!



Tout Chopin! with Charles Richard-Hamelin
Thursday, August 19, 17:00

Pianist Charles-Richard Hamelin performs a selection of works by the famous composer, on a small outdoor stage set up on the Esplanade just for the occasion. The beauty of Chopin’s melodies will go straight to the heart of the audience!


L'Esplanade symphonique with the OSM
Friday, August 20, 17:00

The musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, performing in a pared-down chamber music formation, present an eclectic repertoire covering 400 years of instrumental music history. On the program, the works of several great composers such as Gabrieli, Bach, Wirén, Dukas, Gluck, as well as Piazzolla.


Jazz Apéro on the Esplanade
Saturday, August 21, 17:00

Concert pianist and composer Lorraine Desmarais presents a jazz program featuring some of her favourite works — pieces that have shaped her career over the past 40 years — as well as some new original compositions.


Piano libre with Guillaume Martineau
Tuesday, August 24, 17:00

Pianist Guillaume Martineau performs an entirely improvised program of classical and jazz influenced music. A unique and intimate outdoor event on the Place des Arts Esplanade!


Templier/Larenas duo
Wednesday, August 25, 17:00

The Templier/Larenas Duo present an accessible, elegant selection of music, featuring a blend of traditional flamenco, unique arrangements of popular classics — by such artists as Édith Piaf, Björk, and Leonard Cohen—, Latin-American folk songs, and works from the classical guitar repertoire.


Saimaniq by Oktoécho
Thursday, August 26, 17:00

Saimaniq evokes in listeners a sentiment of infinite liberty and adventure through the desert auditory spaces of Katajjaq (inuit throat singing). Rhythms from the Arab Emirates, flutes from Japan and Scandinavia, as well as electronic music join to pay tribute to the beauty and the richness of Inuit art. An unforgettable voyage with composer Katia Makdissi-Warren, and singers Lydia Etok, Nina Segalowitz and Hélène Martel.


Les Grands Ballets’ Open Rehearsals
Friday, August 27, 17:00

Les Grands Ballets is celebrating the upcoming arts season with a free public rehearsal. Explore new pieces and excerpts from timeless classics.


Chamber Music with musicians of the Orchestre Métropolitain
Saturday, August 28, 17:00

A woodwind quintet composed of musicians from the Orchestre Métropolitain presents a diverse and entertaining repertoire that highlights the combined appeal of the flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, and French horn.


The performance site has a maximum capacity and spectators must reserve their spots. Activities are being held in compliance with safety measures imposed by the government and public health authorities. In case of rain, shows will be postponed.


For complete program details of the Summer Break on the Esplanade and to reserve your spot, please see


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

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