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Festival de Lanaudiere
Festival of Lanaudière Classical concertsFrom July 13th 2013 to August 11th 2013, Lanaudière will host the largest and most prestigious classical music festival in Canada, offering a wonderful selection of carefully chosen symphonic, choral and chamber music.
Festival of Lanaudière Classical concerts
For those seeking to travel outside of the city to enjoy green pastures, history and nature, situated immediately to the northeast of Montreal North is a region called Lanaudière, which annually tempts tourists with a wealth of cultural and traditional musical celebrations of every kind.
From July 13th 2013 to August 11th 2013, the city will host the largest and most prestigious classical music festival in Canada, offering a wonderful selection of carefully chosen symphonic, choral and chamber music. Some of the greatest names on the international classical music scene will perform at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay and various churches in Joliette. The 2000 seated amphitheater offers exceptional acoustics and an unparalleled outdoor-concert experience complete with projections screens to bring the musical experience closer to the audience.
The festival is an original musical experience unequaled anywhere in the world that highlights a wonderful variety of internationally renowned soloists. For its 36th season, this year’s line up of renowned artists and rising stars include Alain Lefèvre; the festival’s pianist and Artistic Ambassador who will Launch the Season by taking the stage on July 13, 2013 and perform the sublime Concerto in G, by Ravel, accompanied by the Orchestre du Festival, under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni. Fuelled by passion and zest, this accomplished pianist shall also accompany the Orchestra as they launch into veritable musical fireworks with the Concerto for Orchestra, by Lutoslawski and the famous Boléro, by Ravel, with its powerful rhythms and rousing crescendo.
Other highlights include an homage to 19th century French music performed with rigour on Sunday July 14th by the Orchestre Métropolitain that will present works by some of the most outstanding French composers such as Bizet’s fiery Carmen and Orpheus in the Underworld to the quiet elegance of Fauré’s Pavane. This concert of delightful and colorful music will be conducted by Mathieu Lussier. It also marks the festival début of talented young virtuoso violinist, Victor Fournelle-Blain: the winner of the 2012 Prix d’Europe.
When I interviewed Alain Lefèvre, he stressed that the festival was family friendly and programming was set to please the widest audience age range possible. He also explained that a major preoccupation of the Festival is to ensure that young people and families could attend concerts by offering attractive and advantageous prices. For a few years now, the Festival has offered free access, on the lawn, to those aged 18 or less, accompanied by an adult. Presenting an internationally renowned event that is accessible to everyone is made feasible with the addition of a new and affordable pricing formula for those aged 25 or less.
This year, 18- to 25- year old's will be able to buy a Youth Passport for $25 before taxes, giving them access to all the season’s concerts at the Amphithéâtre, on the lawn. Those who prefer to attend the concerts taking place in the region’s churches will be able to obtain tickets at half price!
The complete festival program is available at lanaudiere.org and tickets are on sale now. Every Friday and Saturday night, as well as on Sunday, August 11th, a shuttle service from Montreal (Centre InfoTourist near Peel metro station) to the Amphithéâtre will be available, as well as a wide range of activities and packages (diner-concerts, cultural and touristic excursions, etc...)
For more information please consult the main festival website at
Site web: http://www.lanaudiere.org
Phone: 450 759-4343 / 1 800 561-4343