A night of musical diversity on the mountain

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Published on: August 20, 2017 | Last Updated: August 20, 2017 2:48 PM EDT

Workers set up a stage on Mount Royal Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, for Saturday's free concert as part of Montreal's 375th celebrations. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette

The word of the night was diversity.

More than 400 musicians, including opera singers, a synagogue choir, throat singers and French- and English-language musicians, graced the bandstand set up at the foot of Mount Royal Saturday night, just steps away from the Mordecai Richler gazebo. According to Radio-Canada, about 60,000 people attended the performance.

The concert was carried live on the radio and broadcast simultaneously in parks across the city’s 19 boroughs. However, if you didn’t get a chance to hear it, a recording was posted by Radio-Canada here.   

Among the performers were Rufus Wainwright, Wyclef Jean, Cœur de pirate and Patrick Watson, backed by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre métropolitain and the Orchestre symphonique de McGill.

It was a love fest for Montreal, complete with a tribute to the recently deceased Leonard Cohen.

Wainwright paid tribute to the city’s famous poet-musician with his rendition of Hallelujah, while the Shaar Hashomayim choir sang You Want it Darker from Cohen’s most recent album. The choir, including Shaar cantor Gideon Zelermyer, accompanied Cohen on the title track of the album, which is based on a famous Jewish prayer.

 

 

 

 

 

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