The Lanaudière Festival starts this week


the Lanaudière Festival opens its festivities with the unexpected reunion between Kent nagano, the Orchester symphonique de Montréal (OSM) and a captivated audience, this Friday, July 16. It is truly a highly anticipated event, 20 minutes is enough for the seats under the roof of the Fernand-Lindsay Amphitheater to fill up.

After a long absence of 17 months from the live scene, Kent nagano will conduct the OSM accompanied by soprano Hélène Guilmette in a distinctive concert: Gustav Mahlerthe sublime Fourth Symphony, alive with the poetic and mysterious wonders of a child’s imagination, evoking Heaven. This will be the first performance of this symphony in the history of the Festival. The Maestro will close the evening with Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Presented by Hydro-Québec.

On Saturday July 17, Jacques Lacombe will take over from the OSM for his first return to the Festival after nearly 10 years, to conduct a concert that summons freedom, the tragic forces of destiny, and the ceaseless transformation of the world and of ours. . . On the program: Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 and Léonore’s Overture No.3 as well as Strauss’s Metamorphoses. Presented by Hydro-Québec.

On Sunday, July 18 at 2 p.m., the Choir of the Orchester symphonique de Montréal under the direction of choir director Andrew Megill will offer an entirely a cappella program. An afternoon filled with choral singing, spanning centuries of music, against a backdrop of love and nature. This concert will also be available via webcast. Presented by Tourisme Québec.

Along with its usual programming, the Festival continues to offer small-scale concerts in the magnificent green spaces of Lanaudière. This week, these spontaneous events will be held on Saturday July 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverain Park, behind the Fernand-Lindsay Amphitheater and on Sunday July 18 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Maison et Jardins Antoine-Lacombe. These free concerts are made possible by the cities of Joliette and Saint-Charles-Borromée, respectively. To know everything about the Musical Walks in the Festival Park:

The recent relaxation of restrictions announced by Public Health Quebec will allow the Festival to welcome more spectators at the Fernand-Lindsay Amphitheater, while respecting strict health measures. Thus, hundreds of additional tickets are now available for all the concerts of the Festival, several of which were announced sold out several days ago for seats under the roof of the Amphitheater.

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