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Directed by Daniel Constantineau, Galileo (formerly known as the Orchestre symphonique de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent) is the only professional classical-music ensemble in the Montérégie-Ouest region, south west of Greater Montréal.
Galileo is a chamber orchestra comprising 15 to 45 musicians depending on the works they are performing. Its main goal is to offer live symphonic music to a region where this is rare. Galileo’s use of period instruments harmonizes perfectly with the historic character of the region. What’s more, Galileo is a registered charity non-profit organization. As such, it promotes the musical training and development of the general public and of young people in particular.
?Since beginning its activities in October 2010, Galileo has performed 21 concerts in various locations across Montérégie-Ouest. Galileo’s productions demonstrate both the quality its artistry and its connection with this region, which has led to the recording of Baroque-inspired works by André Gagnon on the prestigious ATMA label in July 2015, to Galileo’s participation in the annual history festival Seigneuriales de Vaudreuil-Dorion since June 2016, and to its nominations at Gala de l’ADISQ 2016, Gala Opus 2017 and 2020 – where he won its first Prix Opus in the category Meilleur concert – Répertoires multiples, for «Opéras !», a concert produced with the Atelier lyrique de l'opéra de Montréal. Galileo is awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts since 2015 and from Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts et de la culture de Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion since 2017.