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Community Calendar of Events
May 19 at 7:30 p.m., May 21 at 2 p.m. – Opéra de Québec presents Mozart’s famous Italian opera Don Giovanni at the Grand Théâtre. For more information and tickets, visit operadequebec.com/en/programming/don-giovanni.
May 21-22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Chickens CAN’T come to town at the Grand Marché de Québec. Unfortunately, due to the reported presence of the H5N1 virus (avian flu) in Quebec, there will be no live chickens at the Grand Marché this weekend. However, several breeders and suppliers from the poultry world will be present to talk about their passion and answer questions from the public about chicken farming. For more details, visit acfas.ca/evenements/science-moi/au-coeur-de-la-sante-durable.
May 19-21 at 7:30 p.m.; May 22 at 2 p.m. – Quebec Art Company presents The School for Scandal, an 18th-century comedy of manners by R.B. Sheridan, adapted and directed by Mark Lepitre, at Holland Elementary School, 940 Ave. Ernest-Gagnon. For more information and tickets, visit the QAC website at quebecartcompany.com.
May 21 and 22 – Le Printemps de la musique presents a panoply of free musical entertainment both in the Old City and throughout town, starting with the Bachmobile (mobile organ performances) next to City Hall in the Jardins de l’Hôtel-de-Ville. For more details about this and the organ competition in other locations, visit Printempsdelamusique.ca.
Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m. – The Magical Eye Tour comes to Deschambault, featuring Gib McInnis who will be playing musical compositions along with stories about his career as a stage technician for such musicians as AC/DC, The Tragically Hip and Neil Young. He will be joined onstage by harpist Johanne Joban and Hal Halli who plays the djembé. Irish traditional tunes will also be played at the Théâtre Élise-Paré, 115 Rue de l’Église in Deschambault. Admission $20. For reservations, text Gib at 902-412-7910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (e-transfer S.V.P.).
Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m., Montreal organist and composer Alexandra Fol, (organist of St. James United Church in Montreal) will launch the LAUDEM music anthology, the first Canadian anthology of its kind. She will present the project and play the complete anthology at St. Michael’s Anglican Church, 1800 Chemin Saint-Louis in Sillery. The 12 short pieces, intended mainly for religious services, were commissioned from 12 Canadian composers to be accessible to organists as well as to the public and the faithful. The doors open at 9:30 a.m. and coffee will be served. Admission is free; donations are welcome.
May 25 at 10 a.m. – Lifelong Learning presents a documentary about The Mysteries of Agatha Christie, in person at the Quebec City Reading Council, Room 201 at the Eastern Quebec Learning Centre. To register to attend in-person, contact Meghan Radden at email@example.com or call 418-681-1258. To register to attend virtually, go to the LLL website at lifelonglearningquebec.org/events.
May 25 at 8 p.m. and May 26 at 10:30 a.m. – The grand finale of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec season at the Grand Théâtre features principal guest conductor Bramwell Tovey. The concert will open with Harry Stafylakis’ Brittle Fracture and Maurice Ravel’s Concerto pour piano en sol majeur played by Charles Richard-Hamelin. The evening will end with Dmitri Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony. For more information and tickets, visit osq.org/concerts.
May 25 and June 5 – Jazz à Québec concert series at the Salle Arquemuse, District Saint-Joseph and Impérial Bell, including a fundraiser for Ukraine. For details, visit jazzaquebec.ca/programmation-jazz-a-l-annee.
May 26 to June 11 – Carrefour international de théâtre productions will take place in theatres and outdoor locations across the city. The free outdoor immersive show Où tu vas quand tu dors en marchant (Where do you go when sleepwalking) will also return. For more information and tickets to the theatre venues, visit carrefourtheatre.qc.ca or call 418-529-1996.
May 28 at 7:30 p.m. – Les Rhapsodes choir, directed by David Rompré, presents Le pèlerinage de la Rose, a fairytale by the great composer Robert Schumann, at the Palais Montcalm. The choir and six soloists will be accompanied by pianist Anne-Marie Bernard. For information and tickets, visit lesrhapsodes.com or call the Palais Montcalm ticket office at 418-641-6040.
Thursday, June 2 at 8 p.m. – Some 100 voices of the Choir of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec are back onstage and directed by David Rompré, accompanied by organist Marc D’Anjou. They will present a concert composed of the most beautiful choral compositions from great symphonic works as well as a capella works that highlight choral music, at the Palais Montcalm. For more details and to reserve tickets, visit osq.org/concerts/le-choeur-chante-pour-vous.
June 3 at 7:30 p.m. – The Club Musical de Québec presents German oboist Albrecht Mayer and Japanese pianist Kimiko Imani at the Palais Montcalm. For details and tickets, visit clubmusicaldequebec.com.
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