Tuesday 1 October 2019

CSL Cats Meow Concert will be all Broadway Hits: Fantastic raffle prizes up for grabs

The Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee (CSLCC) will hold its annual benefit concert on Thursday, October 24 (7:30 p.m.) at the Syd Wise Auditorium (5785 Parkhaven) of the Wagar Adult Education Centre. Featured performers  for Broadway’s Greatest Hits will be the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra (http://www.musiciansoftheworld.ca), conducted by Joseph Milo. Some members of his orchestra  will  also present solo performances by soprano Olivia Charette-Hancinsky, baritone Burney Lieberman and saxophonist Gideon Vigderhaus.

Funds raised will go towards the CSLCC’s Trap, Neuter, Release and Adopt Program. There are many feral cats in the community. The CSLCC’s team of volunteers sets out to trap as many as possible, have them sterilized and then adopted or returned to the spot where they were originally found.  In the latter case, efforts are made to assist the feeders in the community. The committee has also rescued a number of  kittens and found homes for them.  

Councillor Mike Cohen, responsible for Animal Protection in the city, notes that the concert will be an opportunity for people who love animals to enjoy an evening of fine music while contributing to a good cause.   He also wishes to announce that Expedia Cruise Ship Centres, with franchisee Sean Flynn; Gestion Elm, Rozenblat Realty Group and Parkhaven Towers; and D’Arcy McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum,  will be the evening’s official sponsors.

Fantastic Raffle

There will also be a raffle. The grand prize will be a three night stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Old Montreal with a fully cooked morning breakfast each day, evening receptions and dinner for two at the restaurant. It is valued at $1,200. 

A number of beautiful paintings will be available. Internationally recognized multimedia artist  Valeriya Khomar  has donated a gorgeous painting of a menorah on a glass light box. It includes a functioning lamp, with light bulbs inside. Valeriya's true belief, her philosophy, is that through Art, unity among people becomes a reality. Her goal is to show that the universal language of Art brings individuals together, regardless of their upbringing. See the photo above.   

Musicians of the World

The Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra (MWSO) was founded in 2006 by conductor  Milo and his wife Lucy Ravinsky. This one of a kind orchestra is composed of 55 musicians: about 80 percent of its members are from 15 countries around the world, while the remaining 20 percent are natives of Montreal who successfully facilitated the integration of the newcomers. They have been rehearsing at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall for many years and as part of the arrangement, they agree to perform a benefit concert once a year for the CSL Cats Committee.

Tickets are only $15 each (tax included). A limited number of VIP reserved seats are available for $25.  Special prices can be arranged for groups. They can be purchased at the CSL Public Library (5851 Cavendish Boulevard) and  the Côte St. Luc Hospital for Animals (7930 Baily Road) on Baily Road. Tickets can be purchased at the library by credit and debit card or cash and cash only at the Animal Hospital.

Councillor  Cohen and event Co-Chair Councillor Mitch Kujavsky note that information will be available that night for people interested in possibly joining the committee or adopting a cat.  The committee will hold a bake sale before the concert and at intermission, with proceeds going to the outdoor cat feeding program. Diane Liebling chairs the CSL Cats Committee.   

The  event is being organized by the CSL Public Library.

Here is a link to last year's concert: 

For more information call 514-485-6806, ext. 2200 or log on to www.cotesaintluc.org/catscommittee.

Here is a story that appeared in the Canadian Jewish News.

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