The Musicians of the World Orchestra will perform a benefit concert in support of the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee on August 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the former Wagar High School (5785 Parkhaven).

Tickets are $10 each (tax included) and are available at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.), the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.), and the Côte Saint-Luc Hospital for Animals (7930 Baily Rd.). Tickets can be purchased at the first two locations by credit card, Interac or cash. Tickets sold at the animal hospital must be paid by cash.

Conducted by Joseph Milo, the Musicians of the World Orchestra will perform Beethoven, Broadway and All That Jazz: the Cat’s Meow. In addition to the Orchestra, soprano Brigitte O’Halleran, as well as Côte Saint-Luc resident and avid cat committee member Alexandra Cohen will give solo performances. Cohen, a grade 11 student, will be releasing a special video she produced about the Trap, Neuter, Release and Adopt program that will be used for an educational  activity in schools beginning in the early fall.

“The concert is an opportunity for people who love animals to enjoy an evening of fine music while contributing to a good cause,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who is the city’s official liaison to the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee.

Barbara Hilliker, who assists the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee in the vital role of fostering cats awaiting homes, will receive the 2013 Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee Award of Merit. Information will be available at the concert for people interested in joining the committee or adopting a cat.

Funds raised from the event will go towards the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee Trap, Neuter, Release and Adopt Program, and Educhat (, the volunteer organization headed by Shelley Schecter, who has spearheaded efforts in Côte Saint-Luc. Volunteers trap feral cats, have them sterilized, and then adopted or returned to the spot where they were originally found. The committee has also rescued a number of baby kittens and found homes for them. The city’s first ever cat licensing bylaw was adopted last fall.

The Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra (MWSO) was founded in 2006 by Milo and Lucy Ravinsky, as they realized the lack of opportunities for immigrating musicians to realize their talent. The mission of the MWSO is to grant these musicians the professional dignity they once enjoyed in their homelands, as well as the ability to share their talent and culture with the music-loving audiences of Montreal.

The MWSO includes 55 musicians, including about 80 percent from 15 different countries. To date, the orchestra has entertained Montreal audiences with more than 30 performances, including several benefit concerts, as well as having produced several recordings. The orchestra has also been selected as the subject of four documentary films. They have been rehearsing at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall for many years and as part of the arrangement, they agree to perform a free concert once a year. The CSL Cats Committee and Educhat will be the 2013 beneficiaries.

To learn more about the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee, including how to volunteer or donate funds, visit


Cat (Photo credit: @Doug88888)