From Cabaret to Orchestral masterpieces: A variety of musical styles at the Lanaudiere Festival!
Over the past few weeks I have been regularly attending several of the amazing concerts on offer at the The Festival de Lanaudière – Canada’s largest classical music festival.
From thrilling, silent films with live orchestra to the sensual sounds of French and German cabaret music, I was able to soak in the atmosphere of different musical styles in various concerts halls, museums, churches and the main Fernand- Lindsay amphitheater in and around the city of Joliette.
Currently in its final week of the season (The 38th season runs from July 4th to August 2th, 2015), I share with you some of the up-coming, amazing concerts to be held until this Sunday:
THE CELEBRATION OF QUEBEC’S CULTURAL HERITAGE CONTINUES!
As part of the “Music and Memory” series, which celebrates Quebec’s cultural heritage, for its third and final concert, the Festival pays tribute to Leduc, Borduas, and Riopelle in music by Simon Martin on July 30 at 8 p.m. at the Musée d’art de Joliette. Three works from these giants of the history of painting in Quebec will be interpreted in music by three completely different ensembles: the Modern Guitar Trio, the Quasar Saxophone Quartet, and the Bozzini String Quartet.
KENT NAGANO AND ALAIN LEFEVRE VISIT THE FESTIVAL
On Friday, July 31 at 8 p.m., at the Fernand-Lindsay Amphitheatre, pianist Alain Lefèvre, the Festival’s artistic ambassador, joins the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal (OSM) and its music director Kent Nagano for one of the most popular works in the repertory, Grieg’s Piano Concerto. The concert will open with Sibelius’ Finlandia, and close with Brahms’s Symphony No. 2.
On Saturday August 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fernand Lindsay Amphitheatre, the OSM and its music director Kent Nagano, plus The Festival Choral Ensemble and four soloists – soprano Aline Kutan, mezzo-soprano Michèle Losier, tenor Michael Schade, and bass Christian Immler – will perform Beethoven’s mighty Missa solemnis.
TRIBUTE TO A GIANT OF JAZZ, DUKE ELLINGTON
For the closing concert of its 38th season, the Montreal National Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Matthias Rüegg, will indulge in pleasant memories of a bygone age in a program devoted entirely to the great jazz composer Duke Ellington. On the program will be such classics as “Such Sweet Thunder,” “The Star-Crossed Lovers,” “Take the A Train,” and many others.
The Festival de Lanaudière,
38TH SEASON OF THE FESTIVAL DE LANAUDIÈRE – JULY 4th TO AUGUST 2nd , 2015
*On Friday and Saturday evenings at 5 pm (except the Fridays of July 10 and 24), the Festival Express bus will run a shuttle service from the Info-tourist Centre on Peel Street in Montreal to the Amphitheatre.
A SEASON OF DISCOVERY - Complete programming is available at : www.lanaudiere.org