The Suburban : MCMF Opens with Gregory Charles

The Montreal Chamber Music Festival opens with Gregory Charles June 7

May 21, 2019

The Montreal Chamber Music Festival opens its 2019 season with a spectacular concert event: a one-man show by the incredible Gregory Charles!  In its Montreal premiere, L’Air du Temps takes a bilingual look back upon the past 250 years of western music, from Baroque to hip-hop and from the French Revolution to the digital revolution. This one-of-a-kind evening, featuring the most passionate troubadour of our time, takes place at Pollack Hall on Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m.

Following the show’s debut in Quebec City, Le Soleil’s Normand Provencher called Gregory Charles’ talent ”breathtaking,” commenting: ” Let it be said, Gregory Charles is not a human being.  He is a pure creature of artificial intelligence, a cyborg to which scientists have grafted a processor allowing it to play the piano and sing the entire history of music, a state-of-the-art replicator also able to make laugh and move.” That evening’s completely improvised show, fueled by audience requests, included everything from Beethoven to Édith Piaf to Coldplay.

From his Carnegie Hall debut at age 11 as a classical pianist to his star turns as an actor, singer, and television and radio host, to showcasing and mentoring the next generation, Gregory Charles has carved out a spectacular career. His live improvisation-driven shows have been experienced by over two million people worldwide, including his 2015 Vintage tour, which appeared at New York’s Pier 97 for a critically-acclaimed string of 30 shows.  Among his initiatives for youth and music education are the Gregory Charles Foundation and Gregory’s Academy, which has reached thousands of new pianists, guitarists and singers from 5 to 94 years of age.

L’Air du Temps opens the 24th anniversary season of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival. Entitled Beethoven chez nous ! it includes the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas performed over three evenings by 2019 Grammy winner James Ehnes and the nine Beethoven Symphonies as transcribed for solo piano by Franz Liszt, performed by six outstanding pianists from around the world. Don’t miss BMO’s Hottest Classical Artists Under 30!, a series of five free noon hour concerts, and much more!

Gregory Charles: L’Air du Temps, Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m. Pollack Hall, McGill University, 555 Sherbrooke Street West. $50 Regular | $20 Students. VIP tickets at $85 include a reception with Gregory Charles following the concert. 514-489-7444. For details see

—The Montreal Chamber Music Festival


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