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The Montreal Symphony Orchestra's playing an open-air concert at an airport next month

Forget drive-in movie theatres, try drive-in orchestras: The Montreal Symphony Orchestra will play at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport next month.

JP Karwacki
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JP Karwacki

Who needs drive-in movie theatres when you can experience drive-in concerts? Montrealers have a new reason to wear their best, climb into the car and experience some culture with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra: They'll be taking to an open-air stage called Classical Flight at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport on August 5 for 550 cars.

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Après plusieurs mois d’absence sur les planches, l’OSM est heureux de renouer avec son public à l’occasion d’un grand concert-bénéfice extérieur, dans un lieu inusité: ✈️ L'envolée classique OSM, le mercredi 5 août à @yulaeroport (stationnement P5) . Soyez parmi les privilégiés qui auront la chance de vivre ce concert unique qui se déroulera sous les étoiles, en toute sécurité dans le confort de votre véhicule et en tout respect des recommandations de la Santé publique. . Vous y retrouverez Jacques Lacombe, un chef établi à l’international qui dirigera la célèbre 5e Symphonie de Beethoven, dont nous soulignons cette année le 250e anniversaire de naissance. Également au programme, Le tombeau de Couperin de Ravel, et des extraits de La flûte enchantée et Don Giovanni de Mozart. . ⏱ Faites-vite, les places sont limitées ! Billets à partir de 100 $ par voiture (lien dans la bio) . Présenté par @bmocanada, en collaboration avec @volvocarcanada, voiture officielle. @yulaeroport, site hôte . -- . After several months of absence on stage, the OSM is pleased to reconnect with its audience during a great outdoor benefit concert, in an unusual place: . ✈️ The OSM Classical Flight, Wednesday, August 5th at Montreal-Trudeau Airport (P5 parking lot) . Be among those who will have the privilege of experiencing this unique concert under the stars, in complete safety in the comfort of your vehicle and in full compliance with Public Health recommendations.. . The OSM welcomes back Jacques Lacombe, an internationaly-acclaimed condutor, who will conduct Beethoven’s famous 5th Symphony to mark the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The programme also features Le tombeau de Couperin by Ravel and excerpts from Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni. . ⏱ Hurry up, places are limited! Tickets starting at $ 100 per car (link in bio) . . . . . . #osmconcerts #classicalmusic #orchestresymphoniquedemontreal #musiqueclassique #orchestre #mtlmoments #orchestra #montreal #outdoorconcerts #benefitconcert

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The experience promises to be no different from the usual drive-in experience. The Orchestra's description of the event explains that the stage in YUL Montreal-Trudeau Airport's Parking lot P-5 will be visible from wherever guests park with large screens to broadcast the performances, as well as FM radio broadcasting to ensure the music can be heard over the possibility of airplanes landing.

Like many artistic outlets and experiences in Montreal, the OSM has been hit hard by the pandemic. The concert "provides the Orchestra with the opportunity to reinvent itself by developing initiatives to maintain its essential link with the community."

That night, Montrealers can watch as the internationaly-acclaimed conductor Maestro Jacques Lacombe guides the orchestra in playing Beethoven’s famous 5th Symphony (August 5 marks the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth), as well as Le tombeau de Couperin by Ravel and excerpts from Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni.

Tickets go from $100 at the cheapest, up to 'Business Class' tickets at $250 and 'First Class' tickets at $500; while it might seem expensive, this is considered a benefit concert, so a large portion of the ticket prices are tax deductible. The concert will take place rain or shine.

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