Musical Initiation on the OSDL’s Program

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Under the direction of principal conductor Alexandre Da Costa, the musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil will be touring in schools in the Montérégie area of Quebec from April to June. They will focus on two main presentations entitled Sac à surprises (Bag of Surprises) and Stradivarius à l’école – Mozart (Stradivarius at School). This is a way of keeping in touch with young people; since the Portée pédagogique program, which is twinned with the Spring Concert, has been on hiatus for the past two years due to the pandemic.

In the spirit of the Symphonic Balconies, a project had been initiated during the pandemic whereby groups of musicians from the orchestra presented concerts in seniors’ residences.  Conductor Da Costa and his musicians have now decided to launch a new project: Symphonic Gardens.

This time, some of the orchestra’s musicians, along with the violinist conductor, will present musical moments of “pure magic” to young children when visiting the region’s daycare and early childhood centers. This tour is scheduled to begin in May.

Sharing a common passion for music

 Since taking up his position, Principal Conductor Da Costa has been promoting musical literacy among youth. The OSDL’s youth program benefits from his enthusiasm to promote various approaches and thus spread his passion for music.

Activities for the Youth Series will resume with 2022-2023 season. The 22nd edition of the Spring Concert is scheduled to take place in May-June 2023. The program will include live performances with four School Matinee concerts and the continuation of the Symphonic Gardens project in daycare centres. In addition, a program will be launched in collaboration with the Fédération des Associations de musiciens éducateurs (music teachers) du Québec (FAMEQ) in September 2022 under the name “Journée musicale”. (a Day of Music)

The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) have shared their passion for music and the importance of teaching it since the foundation of the Congregation. Their long-time support of the OSDL is inspired by this spirit.

In closing, we recall Conductor Da Costal and a group of musicians visiting  Maison Jésus-Marie in 2020 when he launched the Symphonic Balconies project to brighten up the lives of seniors. This project took these musicians to many regions of Quebec. Here are some video links for the pleasure of your musical soul.

At the beginning of the pandemic 2020, concert in Longueuil (Méditation de Thaïs et La Marche Radetzky)

Here is a video of the tour in the Gaspé in September 2021

Here is a video in the summer of 2021