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A wind quintet from Marseille blows the audience away!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A wind quintet is a group of five musicians playing (most commonly) flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon. Add one bass-baritone and you’ve got quite a windy combination!

Florida high school choristers sing with St. Pat’s students

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Choristers from LaVilla High School in Jacksonville, Florida, visited Quebec City on Thursday evening, and gave a charming concert in Chalmers-Wesley United Church. Before coming here, the tour organizers asked if there were any local high school choirs who would like to join them for part of the concert, and St. Patrick’s High School accepted the offer.

Acting Out! at the improv workshop

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

You have to think fast to “survive” at an improvisation workshop! Quick, give me a list of your five favourite vegetables. Next! The names of your five best friends. Next!

Going for baroque with the Violons du Roy at the Palais Montcalm

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Les Violons du Roy, directed by Leonardo García Alarcón, an Argentinian conductor specializing in baroque music, gave a breathtaking concert at the Palais Montcalm on Feb. 15.

Carnival parade delights Upper Town spectators

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The heart of Quebec City’s Upper Town was closed to traffic for the Winter Carnival Parade on Feb. 10. Parked cars stretched far beyond the roadblocks; parents pulled their young children on sleds and adults and teenagers blew their Carnival trumpets. 

Hidden English history in Portneuf Part I: Le rêve de Shevrikay

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Photo: courtesy of Gaétan Morissette

Musician Gaétan Morissette’s album took nearly five years to see the light of day, but its roots go back much further. Le Rêve de Shevrikay pays homage to the valiant labour and carefully maintained musical traditions of the English-speaking Irish community of Portneuf.

Strong current, wind, big floes and snow? No problem for ice canoe paddlers

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On Feb. 4, at first glance, the weather felt just right: cloudy sky, snowing and warmer weather than the day before. Things were a tad rougher out on the St. Lawrence River. Nearly 50 teams of ice canoe paddlers were ready to face everything in the Winter Carnival Ice Canoe Race. 

The Philanthropist, just as fascinating the second time around

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The theatre of the newly-named Jeffery Hale Student Centre hosted the encore and final showings of The Philanthropist, a multimedia theatre presentation about the life of the man himself – Jeffery Hale – on Feb. 2 and 3. 

Calling all music lovers: Club musical de Québec announces exciting 2018-2019 season line-up

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The new season of the Club musical de Québec began on a high note this past Sunday afternoon, with a concert by esteemed French pianist Philippe Cassard. To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Claude Debussy’s death, the pianist performed several pieces by the late composer. Other composers whose works he performed included Edvard Grieg and Franz Liszt. 

Scenes from Winter Carnival

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Photo: All by Cassandra Kerwin