Festival de Lanaudière gets connected with a virtual edition this summer


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Joliette, June 29, 2020 – Festival de Lanaudière will be a completely connected event this summer as it delves into the first virtual edition in its history: fifteen timeless concerts from the Festival’s and Société Radio-Canada’s video archives will be broadcast and accessible free of charge on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, on lanaudiere.org and via social networks, from July 10 to August 9.
“Circumstances currently prevent us from welcoming members of the public into our concert venues. We have, therefore, decided to reach out to them this summer with the help of technology. In Lanaudière’s star-studded history, the concerts in this virtual edition are nothing short of legendary. What a thrill it is to relive such rich hours of music! ” exclaimed Artistic Director Renaud Loranger.

Exceptional concerts, historic moments

The public is invited to a series of encounters with some of the world’s greatest artists, on a unique journey through the history of the Festival, from 1986 to 2019. Renata Scotto, Maxim Vengerov, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Gwyneth Jones, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Paavo Järvi are among the featured performers. Some of these recordings have never been made publicly available before!
Programming for July 10, 11 and 12
  • Inaugural gala concert of the Amphitheatre, with soprano Carol Neblett, tenor Vladimir Popov, bass Joseph Rouleau, pianist Anton Kuerti, the Festival Orchestra and more than 350 choir members, conducted by Semyon Vekshtein (July 17, 1989).
  • Grand Opera arias with the famous soprano Renata Scotto and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec at the Joliette Cathedral (August 21, 1986).
  • The virtuoso violinist Maxim Vengerov in recital (18 July 1997).
Programming for July 17, 18 and 19
  • An evening that marked the 25th anniversary of the Festival: Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, known as “Symphony of a Thousand” with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and conductor Eliahu Inbal, eight solo voices, mixed choir and children’s choir – more than 400 performers on stage! (June 28, 2002).
  • “All That Jazz!” concert with pianist Lorraine Desmarais and Orchestre Métropolitain conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (June 25, 2003).
  • Concert of music by Brahms with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Paavo Järvi (August 3, 2014).
Programming for July 24, 25 and 26
  • Peter and the Wolf: a concert to mark the centenary of Sergei Prokofiev’s birth with Orchestre Métropolitain and narrator Kim Yaroshevskaya (July 28, 1991).
  • Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”, with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano (August 9, 2014).
  • A mythical concert by soprano Gwyneth Jones accompanied by Orchestre symphonique de Québec at Église Saint-Jacques de Montcalm (August 23, 1988).
Programming for July 31, August 1 and 2
  • Works by Ravel and Debussy in a concert celebrating French impressionism with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano (August 8, 2014).
  • Concert of music by Brahms with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, pianist Lars Vogt, and Paavo Järvi (August 2, 2014).
  • Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Venice Baroque Orchestra (July 7, 2019).
Programming for August 7, 8 and 9
  • Recital by pianist Marc-André Hamelin with works by Lizst and Schubert (July 21, 2017).
  • Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony with Rafael Payare conducting the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (July 27, 2019).
  • To be confirmed.
Concerts will be presented starting at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and starting at 3:30 p.m. on Sundays. They will remain available for a period of 48 hours. To complement concert programming, four movies that feature a strong musical component will be broadcast on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.:  Ballerina, Le Soliste, Les Choristes, and Amadeus. For more details, visit www.lanaudiere.org.
About Festival de Lanaudière
Founded in 1978 and member of the Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux, Festival de Lanaudière is the largest classical music festival in Canada. Each year, more than 50,000 members of the public take part in all its events and activities. Its artistic programming is accessible and features a roster of internationally renowned artists. Festival de Lanaudière’s main stage is the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay in Joliette, which accommodates an audience of 2,000 under its roof as well as seating an additional 5,000 on the venue’s lawn.
The Festival wishes to thank its presenting sponsor Hydro-Québec, as well as the Government of Quebec, the Government of Canada and the City of Joliette.

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