More than 1,200 people gathered at St. Michael’s Cathedral Saturday night at a large benefit concert held to raise funds for the refurbishment of the building.
“The committee’s goal from the start was to organize a broad public concert for people to discover and see the cathedral, be aware of this heritage we want sauveret can say that the target was achieved “, welcomed Bishop Luc Cyr, Archbishop of Sherbrooke.
For the occasion, the Amen Saint-Michel committee had met the Orchestra of the University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke symphonic choir and vocal ensemble the School of Music of the University of Sherbrooke, which performaientsous management FrançoisBernier the conductor and choirmaster Jean-Philippe Dutil. In total, nearly 220 musicians and singers who have found themselves on stage to give a “unique show,” according to the president of the organizing committee, Gille Castonguay.
“The goal was to complete the cathedral. It’s rare that we see this and it is a unique event. It’ll certainly be considered one of the shows of the year in Sherbrooke, “he mentioned.
Soprano Catherine Elvira Chartier and bass-baritone William Poulin also resonates the walls of the Basilica of their vibrato, the pleasure of the public. The show helped raise over $ 20,000 for the renovation of the cathedral.
Began in October 2014, the fundraising campaign was first raised with donateurs5 of $ 8.5 million required to perform different jobs. The concert is one of many events that will be required to get the missing $ 3.5M.
“There are people who are currently in work to continue to raise money. Nice going, and contacts have been established, “says Gilles Castonguay.