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I'm very happy to announce the birth of a new project that I've been scheming about for a long while...

The Montreal Collective Orchestra is a conductor-less chamber orchestra in Montreal made up of young versatile and innovative musicians who have come together to experiment and bring new life to the performance of large-scale chamber music.  Founded in 2012 by Andrea Stewart and Carissa Klopoushak, the members of the Montreal Collective Orchestra work together in an atmosphere that is conducive to creativity, excellence, and a good time, resulting in performances that are engaging, energetic and truly reflect the calibre of the musicians that partake in them. Without a conductor, the propelling force behind the artistic decision-making process one that is inclusive and democratic – that is to say, collective.

The group's first concert takes place on Saturday, March 9th at 4:30pm at Christ Church Cathedral, downtown Montreal.

On the March 9th program: Tchaikovsky's String Serenade, Op. 48 in C major, Beethoven's Quartetto Serioso, Op. 95 in f minor, arranged by Mahler for string orchestra, and bits by Dvorak.

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Christ Church Cathedral is located at: 635 Sainte-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3A 2B8 Station McGill