In 2015, Cendrine (founder and director) and Valérie (co-founder), the two women of Despax Quartet, founded Gatineau’s Art of Music Festival. They saw this as an opportunity to venture into the world of entrepreneurship. Musicians by training, their foray into management was the result of their desire to evolve within the musical milieu.
The festival offers a very complete repertoire. Comprised of mostly Western music (Renaissance, classical, Romantic, contemporary and current day), the focus is placed on chamber and sacred music. Orchestral and choral music is also highlighted during the festival, mainly through works proposed and adapted by the guest artists. This year, they welcome Buzz Cuivres, Julie Nesrallah and Caroline Léonardelli, Natalie Deschenes, and Hillary Fay. All four concerts will take place at the Notre-Dame-de-la-Guadeloupe church, a visually stunning venue with optimal acoustics. In the future, the festival plans to hold concerts in other locations such as the Lac des Fées amphitheater, which also boasts excellent acoustics.
The Art of Music Festival is fertile ground for the elaboration of high-quality concerts catering to audiences of all ages.
Buzz Cuivres (opening concert)
Thursday July 12th 2018, 8 PM
Église Notre-Dame-de-la-Guadeloupe, 14, rue de la Guadeloupe, Gatineau.
Chant et harpe (concert)
Julie Nesrallah and Caroline Léonardelli
Friday July 13th 2018, 8 PM
La Chorale et l’Orchestre à cordes du Festival (grand concert).
Vivaldi’s Credo and others
Saturday July 14th 2018, 8 PM
Natalie Deschesnes, Cendrine Despax, Hillary Fay and Valérie Despax (closing concert)
Sunday July 15 2018, 2 PM