Mourners gather at a vigil in Lac-Mégantic on July 12, 2013 (Photo: AP)
A concert is taking place in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec this evening to support the community in the wake of the tragic July 5 train derailment.
The free public performance was organized by CBC/Radio-Canada on behalf of all Canadians.
The concert is presented in collaboration with the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke, and the program features music for strings, harp and voice performed by members of the orchestra with violin soloist Élaine Marcil and guest soprano Lyne Fortin, under the direction of Stéphane Laforest.
"We would like to offer to the people of Lac-Mégantic just a moment to take a little pause or a break in this very sad moment," Laforest said as he announced the concert.
Here's the program:
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Massenet: "Méditation" from Thaïs
Pachelbel: Canon in D major
Albinoni: Adagio in G minor
Grieg: "Sarabande" from Holberg Suite
Schubert: Ave Maria
Britten: "Sentimental Sarabande" from Simple Symphony
Bach/Gounod: Ave Maria
Bach: "Air" from Orchestral Suite No. 3
Fauré: Après un rêve
Franck: Panis angelicus
Mozart: Ave verum corpus
Crews are still working to recover bodies from the disaster site in Lac-Mégantic - yesterday they confirmed the identities of five more victims, bringing the total number of people whose remains have been identified to 17.
As of Tuesday, 38 bodies had been recovered from the site. Twelve people are still missing and presumed dead.
To date, the Red Cross has raised over $5.6 million to provide support to survivors of the disaster. The province of Quebec has also pledged $60 million in immediate and short-term funds for those who were displaced or lost their homes and businesses.
But the mayor of Lac-Mégantic, Colette Roy-Laroche, wants people to know that the town is much more than the site of a disaster.
"You can visit Lac-Mégantic and see the [derailment zone] wall, but I invite you to also visit the entire region," she told CBC News.
Roy-Laroche invited tourists to come to the beaches, golf courses and Mont-Mégantic National Park.