Genevieve PM Roy
Festival de Lanaudière
The Festival de Lanaudière, one of the largest festivals of classical music in Canada, is currently taking place in Joliette from July 8th to Aug 10th with 24 classical music concerts and other special events highlighting excellence and diversity every night!
Now in its 37th season, the Festival de Lanaudière, one of the largest festivals of classical music in Canada, is currently taking place in Joliette from July 8th to Aug 10th with 24 classical music concerts and other special events highlighting excellence and diversity every night!
The Festival annually features various concerts: (symphonic, choral and chamber music) and welcomes several soloists of international renown with past celebrity guests that include, Cecilia Bartoli, Renata Scotto, Jordi Savall, Pieter Wispelwey, Gidon Kremer, Hopkinson Smith, Maxim Vengerov, Martha Argerich and Kent Nagano!
The various outdoor performances take place nightly at 7:30 pm at the Fernand Lindsay Amphitheatre (now celebrating its 25th year!) as well as in the few churches that surround the Lanaudière area that lies approximately 50 kilometers north of Montreal. Festival goers can chose from a variety of seat choices from assigned seats in the amphitheater to garden lawn space where families can set up picnics or enjoy some of the specialty wines and lunchboxes offered by the SAQ on the main festival site.
For its grand opening, the festival presented an Orchestre du Festival's Strauss program, conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni and featuring Stéphane Tétrault, a young 21 year old cellist prodigy who performed Don Quixote (Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character) with fiery passion on his $6 million Stradivarius!
Stéphane Tétreault, first made international headlines a year ago as the recipient of the Bernard Greenhouse's cello, the 1707 "Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini" Stradivarius, on loan by Madame Jacqueline Desmarais one of Quebec’s great arts patrons!
I personally love the performance style of Tétreault who maintains firm control of pacing and balance while delivering rich characterization while offering an emotion filled performance.
The young star of the cello world recently released his debut CD, featuring the works of Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky which was met with much critical acclaim in Canada and recently praised in classical music's world-leading gramophone and The Strad magazines.
In this all-Strauss program, the orchestra further dazzled with two additional orchestral showpieces: Don Juan, symphonic poem, op. 20 and the Suite from “Der Rosenkavalier”, op. 59. The beautiful acoustics of the Fernand Lindsay amphitheater combined with the excellent dexterity of the soloist and orchestra contributed to an all-round mesmerizing performance!
For those in need of transport to go to the festival from Montreal, there is a shuttle available from the Info Tourist booth at Dorchester Square & Peel (behind HMV). Also on offer at the festival are free outdoor-cinema evenings as well as attractive tourist packages offering various activities and accommodations.
For more info on the Festival de Lanaudiere please consult:http://lanaudiere.org/en/stephane-tetreault-joue-strauss/