Posted on July 21st, 2010 by .

If you’re anything like me, when the summer months hit you’ll do anything you can to be outside. Never am I as aware of this problem as when I’m forced to leave a beautiful summer night to go inside to see a show. Bit of a summer night buzzkill. But for 3 nights next week, you can catch the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, FOR FREE, in the park of your choosing…

The  OSM’s  “Concerts In The Parks” series is not a new concept. In fact, they’ve been doing them since 1938, when the OSM’s first music director, Wilfrid Pelletier, made it a mission to use these openair events to build a bridge between the Orchestra and the citizens of Montreal.

For the 2010 edition, the OSM’s assistant conductor Stéphane Laforest will be reveling in the classical music of the American continents. Entitled “The Americas,”, the evening will feature music from George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Antonin Dvorák, as well besides presenting some of Astor Piazzolla’s tangos and some orchestral arrangements by Gilles Vigneault. With a 7:30 start time, these evenings are ideal for everyone- be it a family gathered together on a blanket or a group of friends looking to add a little class to the start of an evening out in Montreal. (PS- these events are happening rain or shine.)

Tuesday, July 27, 7:30 pm @ Park Maisonneuve: Located in Montreal’s east-end near the Botanical Gardens and filled with tons of paths and all sorts of things to discover, Park Maisonneuve is perhaps most easily accessed by getting off at the Viau metro stop.

Wednesday, July 28, 7:30 pm @ Terrebone/l’Île-des-Moulins : This beautifully preserved historic site just outside of the city is always hosting interesting cultural events- from tastings of the region’s wines to regular tango nights. Here’s how to find it.

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Sorel-Tracy/Regard-sur-le-Fleuve Park: Given its location where St-Lawrence and Richelieu rivers meet, this park is truly one of the most amazing places near Montreal to get yourself a little nature. It’s bit more of a trip than the other two parks, but with activities ranging from cruises to canoe rentals to spa days, why not stay the night.

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