Festival opening concert : Farah Alibay and the Orchestre de l’Agora in Orbit!

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Quebec’s favorite aerospace engineer is the surprise guest at the Festival’s opening concert.

 

Joliette - April 29, 2024 The Festival de Lanaudière is delighted to announce that Farah Alibaythe fabulously popular aerospace engineer who grew up in Joliette, will headline the Festival’s opening concert next July 6 with the Orchestre de l’Agora and its founding conductor, Nicolas Ellis.

 

In an all-new concert format, Farah will take Lanaudière audiences on an expedition through our solar system, with Gustav Holst’s The Planets as the musical backdrop. In addition to Holst’s work, which inspired John Williams to write the music of the movie Star Wars, the program will be completed by Orion, by Quebec composer Claude Vivier.

 

Farah will explain the characteristics of each of the planets to the audience in Lanaudière, as well as talking about her experience as a young aerospace engineer who worked her way up to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA images and photographs from Farah Alibay’s personal archives will be displayed on giant screens in the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay.

 

« L’impressionnant parcours personnel et professionnel de Farah Alibay est une source d’inspiration pour quiconque croise sa route. Cette collaboration exceptionnelle vient élargir le cercle d’activité du Festival, qui s’adjoint ainsi la participation de l’une des plus remarquables personnalités de sa génération au Québec. » - Renaud Loranger, Artistic Director of the Festival de Lanaudière

 

New free activities!

The Festival de Lanaudière is delighted to announce more free activities added to the summer program that was unveiled last March. In addition to outdoor evening film screenings, the concert Opera Candy : the gourmet adventure of Hansel and Gretel on July 18 at the Boisé du carrefour culturel in Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, and a tribute to the Festival Mémoire et Racines on July 24 at Place Bourget, the following events will also be offered :

 

  • Musical yoga sessions with Uwe Neumann (sitar) and Yuki Isami (flute), on 6 and 13 July at 8 a.m. at the beach in Saint-Jean-Bosco Park ;
  • A choral singing workshop for those wishing to let loose, sing and improvise as a choir, on August 3 at 10 a.m., Parc Casavant-Desrochers.

Presented by the municipality of Saint-Charles-Borromée 

 

  • The return of Open House Day at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay on July 18, 2024, with music discovery activities for the whole family, including the concert La révolte des anciens with Arion Baroque Orchestre.

Presented by Promutuel Assurance, in collaboration with Joliette halte culturelle

 

  • A free Artists’ Mass at Joliette Cathedral, with the Choir of the Musée d’art de Joliette and three soloists performing Gounod’s Messe solennelle de Sainte-Cécile.

Though admission is free, it is advisable to reserve your place for these crowd-pleasing activities!

 

Hurry … tickets are going fast!

The Festival de Lanaudière is delighted at the huge demand for its concerts once again this year. In fact, sales have increased by 25% compared to the same date last year, and the inventory of tickets under the roof of the Amphithéâtre is approaching full capacity for certain concerts. We advise you to book your tickets now! Find out about the full program and reserve your tickets, click here | Purchase 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 wishes to thank its main partners: Presenting Sponsor Hydro-Québec, in collaboration with La Presse, the Government of Québec, Tourisme Québec, the Government of Canada, the City of Joliette, Desjardins, Yamaha Musique, Ratelle, Promutuel Assurances Lanaudière. Power Corporation of Canada, Canimex Group, Société de la Place des Arts, Fonds de Solidarité FTQ, Fondation Sandra et Alain Bouchard, La Fabrique culturelle, the City of Notre-Dame-des-Prairies and the municipalities of the region, including Saint-Charles-Borromée, as well as its many partners in the cultural, media, hotel and restaurant sectors.

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

 

ABOUT FARAH ALIBAY

 

Farah Alibay est une ingénieure québécoise en aérospatiale. Née à Montréal (Québec, Canada), elle a passé une grande partie de son enfance à Joliette (Québec) et de son adolescence à Manchester (Royaume-Uni) à bricoler avec toutes sortes de projets et à être fascinée par l’espace et l’exploration. Ces passions l’ont amenée à poursuivre un baccalauréat et une maîtrise en génie aérospatial et aérothermique de l’Université de Cambridge (Cambridge, Royaume-Uni) avant de revenir en Amérique du Nord pour poursuivre un doctorat en génie aérospatial au Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, USA) avec une concentration en ingénierie des systèmes. En 2014, elle a rejoint le Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) de la NASA où elle a fait partie de la mission Mars 2020, travaillant sur le rover Perseverance, qui a atterri sur Mars en février 2021, et l’hélicoptère Ingenuity, qui a effectué le premier vol contrôlé sur une autre planète en avril 2021. Avant de rejoindre cette équipe, elle a travaillé sur plusieurs autres missions, dont le Mars Lander InSight et les Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats. Depuis 2022, elle est l’ingénieure en charge des systèmes de vol pour le télescope SPHEREx, un télescope en infrarouge qui sera lancé dans quelques années.

 

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.

 

Photos of the artists available for download by clicking here.

 

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