Third week of the Festival de Lanaudière (July 15 to 21)
Four concerts celebrating Beethoven
Three concerts of the composer’s legendary symphonies are featured
Joliette, July 11, 2022 - The third week of the 45th Festival de Lanaudière turns the spotlight on Beethoven with no fewer than four concerts devoted to him, three of which will be given by the renowned German ensemble Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. This orchestra was scheduled to perform here in 2020, for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Two years and one pandemic later, we finally get the opportunity to celebrate both the immortal composer and the return to Joliette of great international ensembles.
Three magical encounters with a genius
The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, a prince among European orchestras, will offer an exclusive North American performance of three of Beethoven’s symphonies, including his famous Fifth. The ensemble also ties these symphonies to the music of some of the great master’s predecessors and contemporaries. The result is three fascinating concerts bursting with discoveries and shedding new light on one of the greatest musical geniuses in history. The approximately 40 musicians will play on period instruments and without a conductor, as was the custom in Beethoven’s time!
Akamus – The Third of Beethoven and modernity
Presented by Air Canada
Akamus – The Fifth of Beethoven and the tragic
Presented by the City of Joliette
Akamus – The sixth de Beethoven et l’hymne à la nature
Presented by Groupe Canimex
Emerging ensemble salutes Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven receives another tribute from the extraordinary Calder Quartet, the finest American string quartet of the moment. Performing for the first time at the Festival, they will deliver some of the composer’s most accomplished creations, including the magnificent Opus 131, a work of astonishing modernity. Presented by Desjardins
A women’s panorama
In the enchanting setting of the Jardin des noix, a Nordic nut field, four young and talented musicians ask a fascinating question: what would the canon of the string quartet repertoire look like if we had played only the works of female composers throughout the ages? They offer us a women-oriented panorama of the string quartet repertoire that includes works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Germaine Tailleferre, Grazyna Bacewicz, Florence Price… Presented by La Fabrique culturelle.
Tuesday, July 19, 7:30 p.m.– Jardin des noix (Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare)
A voice to discover
Also in the Hors les murs series: in the outlying barn of a squash plantation, La Courgerie, the remarkable mezzo-soprano Rose Naggar-Tremblay, winner of the OSM Competition in 2021, will perform works by Respighi and Mahler, flanked by a youthful Quebec quartet acclaimed wherever it performs: the Andara Quartet.
Thursday, July 21, 7:30 p.m. – La Courgerie (Sainte-Élisabeth)
Soul (French version) a moving musical film, under the stars
Projected outdoors at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, the animated film L'âme (French version of Soul) tells the story of a pianist who has lost his passion for music and is transported out of his body. He must then find his way back with the help of a child’s soul in the process of learning about itself. Free admission.
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.
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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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