2024 Festival de Lanaudière:
close to 1,000 artists will converge
in Joliette this summer!

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Programming designed for you to get your fill of music!

 

Joliette—March 19, 2024 - From July 6 through August 4, dive into a world of extraordinary musical experiences and concerts that defy expectations. Once again this summer, close to 1,000 artists will converge in Lanaudière for the Festival: great figures of the world’s major stages and emerging Quebec and Canadian artists alike.

 

“Again this summer, for a few weeks Lanaudière will become a meeting point for a plurality among the most compelling artists of the international stage, breakthrough talents and bright lights of the global musical scene. It’s a chance for spectators to be part of this rare constellation, to experience music like nowhere else, to be in dialogue with it, share in its emotion, and enter into deep connection with our environment.” Renaud Loranger, Artistic Director of the Festival de Lanaudière

 

" “A getaway to the Festival de Lanaudière is about savouring incredible music in a close-knit and welcoming region, where performances find harmony with various cultural and agrotourism experiences. We encourage our festival goers to explore all that the Lanaudière Region has to offer, in tandem with our musical programming. This extraordinary synergy with our region’s community actors is what enables us to position ourselves as North American leaders in classical music and what every year, allows us to welcome festival goers in fine style.”  » Xavier Roy, Executive Director of the Festival de Lanaudière

 

THE FESTIVAL IN A NUTSHELL

  • 14 concerts at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, blending an atmosphere of the world’s greatest concert halls with the soothing embrace of nature;
  • 6 concerts Hors les murs series, at various cultural venues and agrotourism sites;
  • 6 free evening outdoor film screenings ;
  • 5 intimate concerts in the region’s historic churches ;
  • An open house day with programming of free activities for the whole family!

 

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAMMING AT THE AMPHITHÉÂTRE FERNAND-LINDSAY

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Nicolas Ellis and Orchestre de l’Agora in Orbit! | July 6 at 7 p.m.

To kick off the Festival, Nicolas Ellis and his Orchestre de l’Agora will send us far into the stratosphere with Holst’s The Planets and Claude Vivier’s orchestral suite Orion , expertly assisted by a surprise guest who is no stranger to gazing at the stars!

 

A Mozart Celebration! | July 7 at 2 p.m.

The decades-long association of Les Violons du Roy and Lanaudière moves forward again this year with a concert devoted to the divine Wolfgang, in a momentous first performance bringing together violinist Kerson Leong and conductor Bernard Labadie. Join us in celebrating the festive spirit of Mozart!

 

The Complete Brandenburg Concertos | July 12 at 8 p.m. and July 14 at 2 p.m.

Renowned as royalty among European orchestras, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra offers us its kaleidoscopic vision of the world of Bach—a North American exclusive—with the composer’s iconic Brandenburg Concertos, alongside works by Bach’s equally illustrious contemporary Antonio Vivaldi.

 

Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants | July 13 at 7 p.m.

After triumphant performances in Paris, New York, Madrid, and La Scala in Milan… William Christie and Les Arts Florissants will conclude their tour of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in Lanaudière, drawing us into the enchanted world of Purcell and Shakespeare through coaction by the outstanding singers of Le Jardin des Voix and stage director-choreographer Mourad Merzouki.

 

Rafael Payare Conducts Zarathustra | July 19 at 8 p.m.

Rendered famous by Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey, Also sprach Zarathustra, with its unmistakable opening theme, remains connected with the deep philosophical inquiry. To complete the program, distinguished German baritone Matthias Goerne will sing the moving, “Wotan’s Farewell.”

 

Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov: Signed Payare and the OSM | July 20 at 7 p.m.

For his Canadian debut performance, a Lanaudière exclusive, revered pianist Yoav Levanon, joins forces with Rafael Payare and the OSM in a concert pairing Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov.

 

Les Violons du Roy dans la Beethoven's Seventh | July 21 at 2 p.m.

Jonathan Cohen and Les Violons du Roy give us Beethoven’s majestic Beethoven's its musical representation of the myth of Prometheus—then turn to Mozart and his Bassoon Concerto performed by Mathieu Lussier.

 

La Fifth de Beethoven par les Grands Ballets | July 26 at 8 p.m.

Les Grands Ballets take the Amphitheatre stage for an evening of exquisite emotion and stunning choreographic mastery. See Beethoven’s Fifth performed alongside a selection of some of the most celebrated excerpts from the repertoire for ballet.

 

La douce France of Anne Sofie von Otter | July 27 at 4 p.m.

Anne Sofie von Otter needs no further introduction. She has reigned supreme over the greatest opera stages for decades. For her Lanaudière debut, this versatile artist will present an excitingly unusual exploration of French popular song, creating a space of freedom in which her triumph is assured.

 

Nézet-Séguin and Hamelin: Together Again | July 28 at 4 p.m.

It has developed into a Lanaudière tradition: the summer reunion of two of Quebec’s most acclaimed musicians. This time around, they concentrate on not just one, but two outrageously demanding piano concertos by Franz Liszt, performed back-to-back by Marc-André Hamelin, who revels in their challenges with uncanny ease. To complement these two flagship works, this concert also offers the profound introspection and yearning Romanticism of Johannes Brahms.

 

The OSM with Rafael Payare: Boléro and Other Gems | August 2 at 8 p.m.

Entre Ravel et Debussy, c’est toute la magie de l’impressionnisme musical que nous proposent Rafael Payare et l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, dans ce programme incluant l’incontournable Boléro, and Chausson’s Poème for violin and orchestra with Concertmaster Andrew Wan.

 

Mahler and the Song of the Night | August 3 at 7 p.m.

In Gustav Mahler’s Beethoven's, there lies an entire cosmos to be unravelled, yet held within the world of Vienna and its idea of culture: from the apotheosis of Classicism to the enigmatic modernity of the early 20th century.

 

Aida : The Season’s Final Bow | August 4 at 4 p.m.

Aida is among Verdi’s most emblematic operas—unquestionably one of the most beloved of the entire repertoire, combining ill-fated love and political intrigue with the allure of ancient Egypt. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a world-class vocal cast in this opulent conclusion to the Festival’s 47th edition, just a few months before inaugurating a new production of Aida with the Metropolitan Opera.

 

NOVEL MUSICAL EXPERIENCES

 

More intimate performances in the region’s historic churches

In addition to bringing together for the first time a group of key musicians of the Quebec orchestral milieu, these devotional venues will host William Christie and Les Arts Florissants as they transport us to the time of Port-Royal with works by Charpentier and Lully. Prodigious pianist Yoav Levanon, barely 20 years of age, shares with us the wondrous worlds of Bach, Liszt, and Chopin. For its first performance in Quebec, the Quatuor Diotima will pair Ravel with Szymanowski, also summoning Korngold. Finally, Charles Richard-Hamelin returns with an intimate concert centred on the waltz.

 

The Hors les murs series: bringing classical music to unexpected settings in Lanaudière!

A visit to the Festival de Lanaudière is not complete without soaking up some of the excitement the region has to offer! Head to Jardins Arômes et Saveurs , bask in the heavenly scent of lavender and let the world of tango enchant you … or visit the Distillerie Grand Dérangement and discover percussion as never heard before!

Lanaudière’s hallmark authenticity and setting are celebrated in this one-of-a-kind series of concerts that take on unusual and whimsical formats!

 

TICKETS

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By phone : 1 800 561-4343

 

THANKS TO THE FESTIVAL’S PARTNERS

The Festival’s success is made possible thanks to the support of a growing number of partners who also aim to position our region among North American leaders in classical music and to take the Festival to greater heights each year.

 

The Festival de Lanaudière gratefully acknowledges its main partners: presenting sponsor Hydro-Québec, in collaboration with La Presse, the Government of Quebec, Tourisme Québec, the Government of Canada, the City of Joliette, Desjardins, Yamaha Music, Ratelle, Promutuel Insurance Lanaudière, Power Corporation of Canada, Canimex Group, the Société de la Place des Arts, Fonds de Solidarité FTQ, the Sandra and Alain Bouchard Foundation, La Fabrique culturelle, the City of Notre-Dame-des-Prairies and regional municipalities including Saint-Charles-Borromée, as well as its many partners in the culture, media, hospitality, and dining sectors.

 

Concerts given in Lanaudière churches are presented by Desjardins and concerts of the Hors les murs series are presented by La Fabrique culturelle.

 

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL DE LANAUDIÈRE

Founded in 1978, today the Festival de Lanaudière is one of North America’s leading classical music festivals. Located in the heart of nature, the Festival offers a program that combines leading international talent with the best local artists. It takes place at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay as well as in churches and agrotourism sites in the Lanaudière Region. The immersive, warm, and friendly experience the Festival offers is a perfect blend of the world’s greatest concert halls and the soothing embrace of nature.

 

Sources :

Lysa-Marie Rochon

Media relations, Festival de Lanaudière

lmrochon@exponentielconseil.com

514 910-3664

 

Yasmina Wahdani

Media relations, Festival de Lanaudière

ywahdani@exponentiel.ca

514 209-0799