Symphony orchestra benefit concert in Côte Saint-Luc

Some of Broadway’s best loved songs will be performed in Côte Saint-Luc in October.

The Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joseph Milo will perform Broadway’s Greatest Hits at the Syd Wise Auditorium (5785 Parkhaven) of the Wagar Adult Education Centre on Thursday, October 24 at 7:30pm. 

Tickets are $15 each (tax included). A limited number of VIP reserved seats are available for $25. Special prices can be arranged for groups. Tickets are available at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.) or at the Côte St. Luc Hospital for Animals (7930 Baily Rd.). The library accepts credit or debit card for payment. The animal hospital accepts cash.

This annual benefit concert supports ​the Trap, Neuter, Release and Adopt Program of the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee. ​The committee’s team of volunteers sets out to trap as many as feral cats as possible, have them sterilized and then adopted or returned to the spot where they were originally found. In the latter case, efforts are made to assist the feeders in the community. The committee has also rescued a number of kittens and found homes for them.  

“The concert will be an opportunity for people who love animals to enjoy an evening of fine music while contributing to a good cause,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, the council member responsible for animal protection.

The evening’s official sponsors will be Expedia Cruise Ship Centres, with franchisee Sean Flynn; Gestion Elm, Rozenblat Realty Group and Parkhaven Towers; and D’Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum. The event co-chairs are Councillor Cohen and Councillor Mitch Kujavsky.

The Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra was founded in 2006 by conductor  Milo and his wife Lucy Ravinsky. This one of a kind orchestra is composed of 55 musicians: about 80 percent of its members are from 15 countries around the world, while the remaining 20 percent are natives of Montreal who successfully facilitated the integration of the newcomers. They have been rehearsing at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall for many years and as part of the arrangement, they perform an annual benefit concert in support of ​the Trap, Neuter, Release and Adopt Program of the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee. 

Information will be available at the concert on how to join the committee or adopt a cat. The committee will hold a bake sale before the concert and at intermission, with proceeds going to the outdoor cat feeding program. Diane Liebling chairs the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee.   

There will also be a raffle. The grand prize is valued at valued at $1,200 and includes a three-night stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Old Montreal with a fully cooked morning breakfast each day, evening receptions and dinner for two at the restaurant.

Some members of the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra will present solo performances. including soprano Olivia Charette-Hacinsky, baritone Burney Lieberman and saxophonist Gideon Vigderhaus.    

For more information ​about the concert, visit​ or ​call 514-485-6806, ext. 2200​.​