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Montreal Symphony Orchestra to stage free concert for West Island flood victims

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra has announced a plan to stage a free concert in Pierrefonds-Roxboro at the end of the month as a special treat for residents affected by the heavy flooding.

'When we are hopeless and we hear music, sometimes it can give hope,' says OSM director Kent Nagano

Kent Nagano said he wanted to stage the free event as a gesture of 'solidarity and friendship' with the Pierrefonds-Roxboro community. (Pier Paolo Cito/Associated Press)

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra has announced a plan to stage a free concert in Pierrefonds-Roxboro at the end of the month to lift the spirits of residents affected by the heavy flooding.

"When we are hopeless and we hear music, sometimes it can give hope," said OSM music director Kent Nagano. "We are all neighbours and we are all together when something like this crisis happens."

The orchestra has already been raising money for the flood victims by donating proceeds from their final concerts of the season to the Canadian Red Cross fund.

"As musicians, we can't rebuild houses but we hope this small gesture of solidarity and friendship towards Montrealers can contribute to the spirit of cooperation following the spring floods," wrote Nagano in a statement released Friday morning.

The concert will be held June 29 at 7:30 at Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School, located at 13800 Pierrefonds Boulevard.

The free concert is being presented in collaboration with the City of Montreal.

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