CONCERTS IN CHURCHES, FROM PAST TO PRESENT

The Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, the Festival de Lanaudière's legendary and central venue, is not the only place where we present our concerts. In this article, our team takes you back in time, where it all began: in Lanaudière churches.

 

A piece of history

Fernand Lindsay is born in Trois-Pistoles in 1928. From an early age, he learned the piano, organ and clarinet. Later, he joined the Collège de Rimouski band, where he continued his studies. At the age of fifteen, fate directed him to the Séminaire de Joliette: it was the love of music that drew him there. His destiny was already mapped out: he chose to imitate his masters and become a Clerc de Saint-Viateur, priest and teacher. In 1963, Fernand Lindsay left for Paris to pursue advanced studies in philosophy. He attended numerous concerts in Europe: Vienna, Munich, the Salzburg and Bayreuth festivals...sowing the seeds of a dream that would take just a few years to realize.

 

In 1977, Father Lindsay proposed to the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal to host its summer program at the Cathedrale de Joliette. Three concerts were given that summer, followed by eight concerts in 1978, including one with a 16-year-old Quebec violinist who is now internationally renowned... Angèle Dubeau ! And so the Festival takes off, with two of Father Lindsay's allies on board: Marcel Masse and René Charette.

A – Louis Lortie, pianist ; B – Angèle Dubeau, violinist ; C – Marc-André Hamelin, pianist – with Fernand Lindsay and Jacques Hétu ; D – Alicia de Larrocha, pianist – with Fernand Lindsay

 

Major symphonic concerts are presented at the Cathedrale de Joliette and in local churches, featuring local and international artists such as Marc-André Hamelin and Louis Lortie, lthe Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Angela Hewitt, Sir Neville Marriner et l’Academy of St Martin in the FieldsCharles Richard-Hamelin and many others.

 

"The historic churches of the Lanaudière region are the ideal setting to meet our guests, in a unique context of proximity and intimacy. My own memories are littered with exceptional moments, for example with Karita Mattila, Alicia de Larrocha, closer to home Michael Spyres or Alexandre Kantorow, and so many others. Then, each concert becomes a pretext for exploring a terroir, reappropriating an architectural heritage in an atmosphere of sharing, communion and contemplation. » – Renaud Loranger, Artistic Director of the Festival.

 

What to expect in 2024

For the 47th edition of the Festival, 5 intimate concerts will take place in the region's historic churches. Find out more about the artists who will be visiting us for the occasion!

 

On July 11, let yourself be transported to turn-of-the-19th-century Vienna, where music is made on every street corner. Join nine of Quebec's leading orchestral musicians, reunited for the first time around masterpieces by Beethoven and Schubert. Thursday, July 11, 8 p.m. | Church of Sainte-Mélanie INFO

 

Concert musicians - An evening in Vienna

 

July 15, William Christie and Les Arts Florissants invite you to Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare church for a collection of sacred works by Purcell and some of his most illustrious contemporaries. This is your last chance to attend a Purcell concert, masters Baroque absolutes! Monday, July 15, 8 p.m. | Church of Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare INFO

 

Yoav Levanon, pianist

On July 17, discover pianist Yoav Levanon, a 20-year-old prodigy visiting the country for the first time, exclusively at the Festival! The worlds of Bach, Liszt and Chopin will be revisited by this astonishing artist.

"Yoav Levanon is not only a breathtaking virtuoso. His assertive interpretative choices already make him an authentic musician, who has everything it takes to become one of the major pianists of this century." - Diapason Magazine, following his performance at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris in 2021.

Mercredi 17 juillet, 20 h | Église de Saint-Barthélemy | INFO

He will also be in concert with the OSM on July 20, at the Amphitheatre Fernand-Lindsay.

 

On July 22, is coming to St-Alphonse-Rodriguez, where you can witness the first Quebec appearance of the Quatuor Diotima. This group has been celebrated worldwide for the revealing intelligence of its interpretations for almost three decades. The quartet offers a wonderful program featuring works by Ravel, Szymanowski and Korngold.

Monday, July 22, 8 p.m. | Church of Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez - INFO

 

The church concert series comes to an end on July 31 in Mascouche, where the Lanaudière-based pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin will join Festival audiences for an intimate evening of waltz music, featuring works by Granados, Albéniz and Chopin.

 

He is recognized as" fluent, multifaceted and tonally seductive… a technician of exceptional elegance and sophistication" – BBC Music Magazine.

Wednesday, July 31, 8 p.m. | Church of Mascouche INFO

 

For many years, the Festival has been proud to count on Desjardins as presenting partner of the church concert series.

 

"The region's nine Desjardins caisses are proud to support this magnificent partnership, enabling the Festival de Lanaudière to spread throughout the region, offering everyone the opportunity to experience unforgettable concerts in the heart of our emblematic churches." - Joël Landry, General Manager - Caisse Desjardins de Joliette et du Centre de Lanaudière.

 

 

It's time to discover the towns and villages of the Lanaudière region, and let the beauty of these mythical places soak you in!

 

Take advantage of this opportunity to spend a few days in our beautiful region and discover the many artistic and culinary gems to be found here.

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References

https://lanaudiere.org/en/histoire-du-festival/

https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/festival-international-de-lanaudiere

https://www.fondationperelindsay.org/fondation/pere-lindsay/