Grandview Heights High School will host a symposium called "Quebec In and For the 21st Century: Art, Culture and Innovation" for French teachers and professors at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

The guest speaker will be renowned Quebecois performer Gregory Charles, who will talk about the role music has played in affirming Quebec's linguistic and cultural identity and his new virtual program, "Je suis Quebecois," an online tool designed to help new immigrants integrate more easily into Quebec's society.

The seminar will be followed by a free concert by Charles at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the high school, 1587 W. Third Ave.

The events are being sponsored by the school's French program in collaboration with the American Council for Quebec Studies, the Quebec Government Office in Chicago and Ohio State and Denison universities.

Charles is a prize-winning classical pianist, conductor and choral enthusiast turned singer-songwriter who has performed all over the world.

The seminar and concert are free, but tickets must be reserved. For more information or reservations, go to u.osu.edu/quebecsymposium or email Grandview French teacher Steve Hedge at steve.hedge@ghschools.org.

The high school hosted a concert in April 2018 featuring Quebecois singer Bruno Pelletier, accompanied by pianist Julie Lamontagne. It was only the second time that Pelletier, a 16-time winner of the Felix Award -- Quebec's version of the Grammy -- had performed in the United States, and Lamontagne's first performance in the U.S.

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