Week Four at the Festival de Lanaudière (July 22–28)

Birdsong from morning until evening

Aussi à l’affiche : Liszt, Schubert, Cyrano et les 50 ans de l’OSJJ

Joliette, July 19, 2022 – The Festival de Lanaudière offers the public a truly phenomenal experience with the monumental Catalogue d’oiseaux, iconic in the literature for solo piano. On the program: a soaring hymn to nature by an artist who was endlessly in wonder before the astounding beauty of landscapes and the magic of birdsong.

In a format unprecedented in Canada, renowned pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard will present this work by Olivier Messiaen in four 45-minute blocks over 24 hours, in consonance with the times of day at which the birds featured in the works sing their calls. Each of these performances will be enhanced by activities onsite at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, from yoga to a musical siesta, for an experience in full communion with nature.

Friday, July 22, 10 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.) – Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay

8:00-8:30 p.m. – Video screening of Birdsong

8:30-9:30 p.m. – Musical siesta with acclaimed harpist and host Annabelle Renzo. A special journey and a musical diversion inviting you to indulge in reverie and a moment of shared enjoyment.

10:00-10:45 p.m. – Concert

Presented by the Government of Quebec

Saturday, July 23, 8 a.m. (doors open at 7 a.m.) – Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay

7:00-7:45 a.m. – Breakfast, coffee and pastries at the Amphithéâtre with video screening of Birdsong.

8:00-9:15 a.m. – Concert

9:30-10:30 a.m. – Yoga class with yoga therapist and teacher Julie Banville. Session musically accompanied by Annabelle Renzo.

Presented by the Government of Quebec

Saturday, July 23, 8 a.m. (doors open at 7 a.m.) – Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay

2:00-2:45 p.m. – Concert

3:00-3:45 p.m. – A musical trail walk in Île Vessot Park with Annabelle Renzo and her lyre. Celebrate the French art de vivre, slow down the day’s tempo, soak up the smells of this magnificent park along the Assomption River, bordered by a majestic pine forest. A ritual of contemplation and meditation, with periodic silences and slowness.

Presented by the Government of Quebec

Saturday, July 23, 2 p.m. (doors open at 12 p.m.) – Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay

4:00-4:45 p.m. – Talk, Le chant des oiseaux, une source d’inspiration (Birdsong, An Inexhaustible Source of Inspiration) on the music of Messiaen and birds in classical music. With musicologist Benjamin Goron.

5:00-5:45 p.m. – Concert

Presented by the Government of Quebec


Anniversary concert: 50 years with young musicians

The pandemic put celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Joliette (OSJJ)on hold, but festivities will be that much more merry, with works by Berlioz, Wagner, Ippolitov-Ivanov, and others. A concert to celebrate reuniting and the joy of playing music together. Former and current members of the OSJJ will perform together under conductor Bernard Ducharme and other former music directors.

Presented by the Fonds de solidarité FTQ in collaboration with the FADOQ Lanaudière

Sunday, July 24, 2 p.m. – Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay


A resounding debut…

Stupendous Franco-British pianist Alexandre Kantorow won the most recent edition in 2019 of the International Tchaikovsky Competition at just 22 years of age. Despite his burgeoning career to date, he has garnered accolades throughout the world: virtuosity, beauty, elegance, a new star of the piano, to name a few. For his very first concert in Canada, he will give prominence to Liszt, of whom it has even been said he was the “reincarnation.”

Wednesday, July 27, 8 p.m. – Église de Saint-Barthélémy

Presented by Desjardins


… and an anticipated return

Matthias Goerne, one of the greatest baritones of his generation, returns to Quebec after more than ten years. His velvet voice, dramatic flair, and the penetrating depth of his interpretations have earned him acclaim on the world most prestigious stages. In an evening devoted to Schubert, he will be joined by Alexandre Kantorow for the latter’s second concert in Canada. The collaboration of these two towering artists is sure to render a performance to remember. Presented by Desjardins

Presented by Desjardins

Thursday, July 28, 8 p.m. – Église de la Purification (Repentigny)


Four local talents pay tribute to Father Lindsay

Part of the Hors les murs series, the Claudel-Canimex Quartet, formed by four remarkable musicians who knew Father Fernand Lindsay well, will at long last return to Joliette. The ensemble will offer a fantasia on this founder of the Festival, with some of the most beautiful works in the repertoire by Haydn, Borodin, Dvořák, and others.

Presented by La Fabrique culturelle.

Tuesday, July 26, 7:30 p.m. – Carrefour culturel de Notre-Dame-des-Prairies


The Paris of a bygone era comes to Lanaudière

In an evening under the stars at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, the American musical film Cyrano will transport you to 17th-century Paris. A quick-witted man with dwarfism is transfixed by love for a childhood friend writes her love letters under the guise of an infantryman of whom she is enamoured. Free admission.

Tuesday, July 26, 8 p.m. – Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay


Lanaudière 2022 : A rich and unique edition

Presented for the first time in 45 years over a six-week period, this year the Lanaudière Festival delivers even more generously 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.



Tickets for all the concerts of the 2022 edition on sale at placedesarts.com.


Amphitheatre Box Office

450 759-4343 / 1 800 561-4343



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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