Week One at the Festival de Lanaudière: Two grand opening concerts with the OSM and Rafael Payare

Performing works on the program of their Korean tour, right before their departure!


Joliette, June 22, 2022 - The 45th Festival de Lanaudière kicks off in grand style on June 30 and July 1st, as the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) and its Music Director Rafael Payare present two exceptional concerts just as they are poised to embark on their South Korean summer tour.

For the first time this year, the Festival extends over six weeks that are more bountiful than ever:

  • 14 grand concerts at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay;
  • 10 performances in the magnificent churches of Lanaudière;
  • 5 recitals in the new Hors les murs series;
  • 4 classical music-themed films projected outdoors.
A great conductor, a great orchestra and two great concerts

Rafael Payare will make an eagerly awaited return to the Festival after his triumph in 2019, where he thoroughly won over the public, the critics … and the musicians too! This celebrated conductor, the OSM and the incomparable American violinist Hilary Hahn will present the first performance of their Korean tour double bill in Seoul, Daegu and Tongyeong, between July 5 and 8.

Opening on Thursday, June 30, The OSM and Rafael Payare: Spotlight on Mahler brings you a magical evening where the multicoloured lyricism of the young Prokofiev and the soulful wanderings of Mahler—in his famous Fifth Symphony—will resound. Presented by Hydro-Québec.

Then, on Friday, July 1st , the concert Summer Fun presents the subtly evocative music of Debussy in tandem with the bewitching rhythms of Ravel and the expressionist genius of Bartók, notably the latter’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Presented by the Fondation Sandra et Alain Bouchard.

Music in churches: Divine!

The always-popular series of concerts in the Lanaudière Region’s magnificent churches, presented by Desjardins, opens on Wednesday, July 6 with a recital in the Church of Saint-Jean-de-Matha titled Suite et variations. After a 15-year absence, the renowned American-Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan performs works by Bach, Rameau, Couperin, Ravel and others, with legendary mastery.

NEW: events in the Hors les murs series presented by La Fabrique culturelle will bring together five shows in unusual formats and in unexpected locations. In this series, the spotlight shines on up-and-coming artists from the Lanaudière region and on the region’s to-be-discovered rich agritourism scene.

The series kicks off on Thursday, July 7 at the Résidence des Prairies. Around a campfire, soprano Janelle Marina Lucyk and guitarist Kerry Bursey present a medley of folk-inspired songs combining periods, styles, ancient guitars, various lutes, and a theorbo. Then, on Friday, July 8, at the Alchimiste Microbrasserie, the Choros wind quintet energetically performs dance music to unbridled rhythms, from Ligeti to Milhaud, via Piazzolla and Karol Beffa.

Finally, on Tuesday, July 5, West Side Story will be the first of four great musical films presented under the stars at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay.

About the Festival de Lanaudière

The Festival de Lanaudière is the largest classical music festival in Canada and was founded in 1978. Year after year, the festival welcomes tens of thousands of spectators for concerts featuring some of the greatest artists on the national and international scenes. The event takes place primarily at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay in Joliette, as well as in some of the region’s most beautiful churches. The Festival de Lanaudière is a member of the Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux (REMI).


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