To mark Montreal’s 375th and Canada’s 150th anniversaries, three of Montreal’s great orchestras – the Orchestre Métropolitain, the McGill Symphony Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra – joined forces for the first time on the same stage at the foot of the iconic Mount Royal to celebrate this historic moment in spectacular fashion. This concept performance featured more than 400 musicians, popular singers and choristers under the direction of Simon Leclerc.
Normal chose to explore the seasons of Montreal through the theme of light. The performance followed the evolution of light through the cycle of colours and to the rhythm of the music in search of a utopian city (Montreal) where creativity and symphonic harmony reign. Visually, the inspiration came from contemporary art, various textures, and screen printing techniques to create a unique atmosphere that responds intuitively to music.
The set design was inspired by both the Montreal skyline and Mount Royal and by a huge organ, consisting of 240 pipes lit by 20 video projectors.