Lanaudiere Festival | Hilary Hahn, Hélène Grimaud and two Hamelins in Lanaudière

Rafael Payare, the Orchester symphonique de Montréal and violinist Hilary Hahn will open the next Lanaudière Festival, which will also host Hélène Grimaud for the first time. For their first collaboration, pianists Charles Richard-Hamelin and Marc-André Hamelin will be accompanied by Les Violons du Roy in a program dedicated to Mozart.

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Alexander Vignault

Alexander Vignault

Fourteen major concerts are scheduled at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, as well as another 10 will be presented in “the most beautiful churches” of Lanaudière for this 45Y Classical music meeting. Four screenings of musical films are also on the program of the event, which takes place between June 30 and August 7.

“The Festival is a call for a renaissance of culture and beauty, for a revival of the values ​​of dignity and benevolence through timeless art”, underlines Renaud Loranger, artistic director of the Festival de Lanaudière. In the changing world in which we live, “music remains a haven of authenticity” and “a refuge of humanity”, he judges.


Hillary Hahn

The inaugural concert of the Orchester symphonique de Montréal (OSM) and Hilary Hahn is dedicated to Mahler (Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor) and Prokofiev (Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, op. 19). The next day, 1Ahem July, the OSM and the soloist will offer a concert entitled Summer fun composed of works by Ravel, Dvorak, Bartók and Debussy.

Pianists Marc-André Hamelin and Charles Richard-Hamelin will meet for the first time on the same stage on July 9 for an evening of Mozart with Les Violons du Roy conducted by Bernard Labadie. Charles Richard-Hamelin will stay since on July 12 he will offer a “romantic” solo concert in which he will perform pieces by Chopin and Ravel, including Couperin’s grave.


Yannick Nezet-Seguin

The WSO will return to Lanaudière at the end of July to act Daphnis and Chloe Ravel, but it will be the Orchester Métropolitain (OM) and its director Yannick Nézet-Séguin who will have the honor of closing the event on August 6 and 7 with programs dedicated to Wagner and Debussy, then to Mendelssohn and Schuman. Pianist Hélène Grimaud will perform for the first time at the Lanaudière Festival during the second of these OM-sponsored evenings.

The German orchestra Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin, presented exclusively in North America, will offer three Beethoven programs between July 15 and 17. Also on the programme, the French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who is experiencing an extraordinary experience: playing the bird catalog by Olivier Messiaen in four blocks of music spread over a 24-hour period, from July 22 to 23.

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