Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 15, 2008 18:34 ET

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and for Status of Women Attends Québec City Premiere of the Symphony of a Thousand

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 15, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Sylvie Boucher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and for Status of Women, and Member of Parliament (Beauport-Limoilou), today participated in the Quebec City premiere of the Symphony of a Thousand by composer Gustav Mahler. This concert, to be held at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, is part of the official activities of Quebec City's 400th anniversary.

Maestro Yoav Talmi, conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Quebec (OSQ), 200 musicians from the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, the Université Laval's Faculty of Music, and the Conservatoire de musique de Quebec, and other professional musicians from Quebec, as well as a choir of 800 voices from several choirs and vocal groups in Quebec, are interpreting this exceptional work.

"Throughout the year, Quebec City will stage a host of activities of national and international interest, such as this impressive presentation of the Symphony of a Thousand," said Minister Verner. "The Government of Canada is proud to participate in this event, one that highlights the talents of local artists and musicians."

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am pleased to take part in such a magnificent and unique artistic event. Congratulations to the Orchestre symphonique de Quebec on this achievement," said Ms. Boucher. "Quebec City will shine brighter because of it!".

The OSQ is a non-profit professional organization recognized as one of the primary engines of musical activity in the Quebec City region. The Orchestre plays before more than 100 000 people each year, and its main mission is to interpret the symphonic repertoire. The Orchestre has interpreted numerous pieces by composers from Quebec, Canada, and other parts of the world. It has also performed in several national and international events.

Quebec City's 400th anniversary is a historic event for Canada and for North America. It is from this date that we truly started to become what we are today, and it reminds us that French is the founding language of Canada. The Government of Canada is proud to contribute $110 million to the celebration and to partner in the organization of this event, because the founding of Quebec also marks the founding of Canada.

For more information on Quebec City's 400th anniversary, please visit the Government of Canada's website on this historic event at www.quebec400.gc.ca.

Also available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Quebec Region
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Regional Manager Communications
    514-283-4027