Seattle Chamber Music Society

James Ehnes, Artistic Director

Patron Trip to Montreal //

Music in Montreal


April 26 - May 1, 2017


Montréal and the island on which it stands both take their name from Mont-Royal, a stubby plus of tree-covered igneous rock that rises high above the surrounding cityscape.  Although its height is unimpressive, “the mountain” forms one of Canada’s finest urban parks and its summit offers visitors a grand overview of what North America’s only French speaking metropolis has to offer. The views of the city from the Chalet du Mont-Royal in the Parc du Mont Royal provide an excellent orientation to the city’s layout and major landmarks.

Please join Seattle Chamber Music Society Executive Director Connie Cooper for six days and five nights of music, art, food and French Canadian culture in Montréal!


Le Germain Montréal
2050 rue Mansfield
Montréal QC H3A 1Y9
(514) 985-6068

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Wednesday, April 26: Arrivals into Montréal.  Evening activities will be organized for those who wish.

Thursday, April 27: Day will begin with a customized private tour. It will include highlights of Old Montréal, downtown, look out on Mont Royal Park, the Golden Square Mile, the Quartiers des Spectacles (known for art and entertainment). From magnificent homes in Westmount to famous Montréal vernacular architecture, you will have a comprehensive overview of Montréal.

This afternoon we will have a private tour of the exhibition:  Chagall, Color, and Music (which ties in nicely to tonight’s concert) at the Musée des Beaux Arts with Hilliard Goldfarb, head curator of old paintings at the Museum followed by dinner. That evening join some of Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s first chairs (including concertmaster Andrew Wan) and renowned Messiaen specialist Louise Bessette at Bourgie Hall to pay tribute to one of the great French composers of the twentieth century.  Among other works, they will perform Messiaen’s masterpiece Quartet for the End of Time, written in a German prisoner of war camp in 1940 and 1941.


Friday, April 28: This morning we will have a private market tour and cooking class focused on the French style of Canadian cooking. The afternoon is free for shopping or more sightseeing. Tonight we will go to the Upstairs Jazz Club for an evening of revelry, Montréal style (own account).

Saturday, April 29: Day:  Today is an optional day.  However, we have organized 2 special activities for you to choose should you wish:

        • Expo ’67 – the World’s Fair stages to celebrate the centennial federation – was the biggest party in Montréal’s history, and it marked a defining moment in the city’s evolution as a modern metropolis. The party was held on two islands in the middle of the St. Lawrence River – Ile St. Helene, formed by nature, and the Ile Notre Dame created with the stone rubble excavated from the construction of Montréal’s metro.  A ferry carries foot passengers from the mainland to the Ile St. Helene – the nicest way to get to the islands.  History abounds on Ile St. Helene for those history buffs.

        • Shopping: Montréalers magasinent (shop) with a vengeance, so it is no surprise that the city has 160 multifaceted retail areas encompassing some 7000 stores.  We will provide a personal shopper for those who wish as well as information on the various shopping districts in the city.

7:00 PM: There is a pre-concert talk with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. At 8:00 pm, Bernard Labadie conducts the orchestra in Haydn’s L’Isola disabitata overture, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with concertmaster Andrew Wan, and the Mozart "Jupiter" Symphony.


Sunday, April 30: Your morning is free.

3:30 pm: Presented by the Ladies Morning Musical Club, Seattle Chamber Music Society Artistic Director and violinist James Ehnes will perform a solo Bach concert at Pollack Hall.  We will arrange for a farewell dinner.

Monday, May 1: Departures from Montréal to Seattle.


$3,195.00 per person (Classic Room for 1/no single supplement, including taxes, continental breakfast, WiFi)

$3,395.00 per person (Superior Room for 1/no single supplement, including taxes, continental breakfast, WiFi)
Add $150.00 for an additional person in this room.


      • 5 nights accommodation including breakfast
      • 2 dinners
      • Concert tickets as per the itinerary (3)
      • Private tour of the Chagall exhibit at the Musée des Beaux Arts
      • Ground transportation as necessary
      • Market tour and cooking class
      • Private City bus tour
      • Plus other surprises
      • $400 remit to Seattle Chamber Music Society
      • Air in and out of Montreal
      • Airport transfers
      • Any services not indicated in the itinerary
For further information, please contact Karen Carr at Tailored Creative Travel at (216) 965-6033 or