CHUM Foundation Christmas Concert

Famous cellist brings together talented artists from Quebec’s classical music scene to support the CHUM

The Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) Foundation will be holding its first-ever Christmas benefit concert at 7 p.m. on December 8, 2022. World-famous cellist Denis Brott will dazzle and amaze during an evening filled with warmth and great music organized to help thousands of the hospital’s patients. He will be accompanied by seven talented artists from Quebec’s classical music scene — including some rising stars — to perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

The concert will be held on stage at the Pierre‑Péladeau Amphitheatre located in the CHUM. The event will take the audience on a thrilling musical journey orchestrated by Brott where they’ll get to discover a roster of gifted artists:

  • Kevin Zhu – Concertmaster
  • Marianne Dugal, Ana Drobac, Anaïs Saucer‑Lafond and Ryan Truby – Violin
  • Lambert Chen – Viola
  • Denis Brott – Cello
  • William Deslauriers‑Allain – Double bass
  • Luc Beauséjour – Harpsichord

How to get tickets

Those seeking a unique opportunity to discover, or rediscover, an iconic musical masterpiece are invited to book their tickets right now at Regular tickets are priced at $120, and VIP tickets, which include seats in the first three rows, are $140.

Tickets can also be bought for CHUM patients to help them take a well-earned break, forget all about their treatments and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of music.

From musician to philanthropist

Montréal-born Denis Brott is internationally recognized as one of the most distinguished musicians in Canada. He teaches the cello and chamber music at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Montréal and serves as the artistic director of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival.

In March 2020, after returning to Quebec from a European concert tour, world-renowned cellist Denis Brott was diagnosed with COVID‑19 and admitted to the CHUM’s intensive care unit. The CHUM care teams helped him fend off multiple complications, even inducing a coma for 32 days.

Brott has since made a full recovery, and he is profoundly grateful to all the people who saved his life, encouraged him and supported him in his moment of need.

He now organizes musical performances for the CHUM community to thank and support its care teams in his own special way. This event will be his first benefit concert open to the public.

“I’ve seen lots of hospitals during my travels, and I can assure you that the care I received at the CHUM was world class,” says Brott. “The teams did everything possible to make sure I would pull through. Their incredible expertise and their state-of-the-art equipment made sure that happened.”

“We’d like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Mr. Brott and to all the talented artists who enthusiastically embarked on this philanthropic journey with us,” says CHUM Foundation President and CEO Pascale Bouchard. “The profits from the initiative will be invested to secure the future of our hospital. The generosity shown by both musicians and ticket buyers will ensure that the CHUM’s dedicated teams can keep pushing the boundaries of medicine and carry on saving the lives of people like Mr. Brott.”

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