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MontrealSymphonique rouses 80thousand on MountRoyal / CBC

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The city marked its 375th birthday with the giant, free outdoor concert by three orchestras. Police say 80,000 converged at the foot of Mount Royal to watch the 'Montréal Symphonique' concert Saturday night celebrating the city's 375th anniversary. Put on by the city's three major orchestras - The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Métropolitain, some of the country's biggest pop artists also participated including; Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Patrick Watson, Isabelle Boulay, Coeur de pirate, Pierre Lapointe, DJ Champion and Diane Dufresne. About 300 musicians took part in all. 80,000 in attendance and more watched it live in a number of the city's parks. The show was also broadcast in full on Radio-Canada's ICI Musique radio station at 100.7 FM. The concert was directed by Simon Leclerc and Monique Giroux and included a stirring tribute to late singer songwriter Leonard Cohen and to filmmaker Denis Villeneuve for the soundtrack of his movie Arrival.