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Public pianos return for the summer

The MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent is once again inviting citizens to tickle the ivories this summer at public pianos located in partnering municipalities, including Saint-Anicet, Sainte-Barbe, Franklin, and Saint-Chrysostome. The MRC has announced a series of four concerts will take place to launch the season, starting on June 17.

The public pianos were unveiled at the start of last summer in strategic locations within the four municipalities. The instruments were elegantly painted by local artists Audrée Bourdeau and Manon Béatrice Gauthier.

The 2024 summer season will kick off with a concert at the Parc intergénérationnel de Saint-Anicet on June 17 at 5 p.m., where duo Stew and Alice will be joined by pianist Vicky Donnon. This will be followed by a piano and saxophone performance by Ambiance Prestige. A second concert will take place later that evening, starting at 7 p.m. at Parc Antoine-Labelle in Saint-Antoine-Abbé, in the municipality of Franklin.

A classical piano and clarinet concert featuring Chantal Hurteau and Wendy Schouten Nash is scheduled to take place on June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Saint-Chrysostome town hall, followed by Pierre Ferland on guitar accompanied by Vicky Donnon.

 

Public pianos will return to the municipalities of Saint Anicet Sainte Barbe Franklin and Saint Chrysostome following a series of concerts later this month PHOTO MRC du Haut Saint Laurent

 

A final concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. on June 26 at the municipal park in Sainte-Barbe with performances by Nathalie Allard and François Haché, followed by Mathieu Ferland and Vicky Donnon.

Two new activities will also take place in connection with the public pianos during the months of July and August. Throughout the week, pianist Vicky Donnon will lead “Pique-niques en musique,” or musical picnics. Citizens may also enjoy a series of events on the weekend called “Piano-tricot-pinceaux” moments, where those interested may paint or knit while enjoying the music being played.

The pianos will be available to the public until mid-September and according to each municipality’s schedule. Events may be postponed in the event of rain. Current schedules are available on the different municipal websites or on the MRC’s website at mrchsl.com/services/culture. (SR)

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