Montreal, Rich In The Things That Count

Montreal is blessed with so many good things and today is one of those days to think about just how many.

This evening for example, Kent Nagano, the MSO music director designate, will be making his first podium appearance at Place des Arts since his appointment was announced 12 months ago. The 53-year-old American is a prot?g? of Olivier Messiaen, the late French master, and will conduct Mahler’s Third Symphony. This intriguing and somewhat mysterious maestro will likely return the Orchestra to its world-renowned status.

Even perhaps overshadowing that is the appearance this evening of the renowned Mexican author Carlos Fuentes to officially open the seventh annual edition of Montreal’s Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival. This is taking place in the year in which Montreal has been designated by Unesco as the World’s Book Capital. This Saturday, CBC radio documentarian Paul Kennedy will launch a campaign to nominate Leonard Cohen, the Montreal-born Canadian songwriter and poet, for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

So many signs of Montreal’s unique character. … and these are only some of the cultural activities to be enjoyed here.

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