THRILLS OF ENCHANTMENT, AT HOME
Songs of Love
The symbolism is powerful: almost a year and a half after the pandemic began and the sudden interruption of choral activities throughout Quebec, on this first Sunday of the Festival the OSM Chorus takes centre stage on its own. With this gesture comes the pure joy of singing, the soul’s expression and the visceral affirmation of our humanity. An afternoon filled with choral singing, spanning centuries of music, to a backdrop of love and nature.
Destination Buenos Aires
Vivaldi in Venice, Boccherini in Madrid, Durante in Naples, and two centuries later, Piazzolla in Buenos Aires: the thread of an extraordinary musical tradition runs through the music, as profoundly Italian as it is cosmopolitan, spanning the flamboyant accents of the Baroque to the suave cantilenas of the master of Argentinian tango. Les Violons du Roy and Nicolas Ellis invite you on a journey of pleasure and harmony in which the Canadian virtuoso Kerson Leong shines in his Lanaudière debut.
Romanticism in the French Style
Georges Bizet’s famously enticing Carmen is well-known, but we are much less familiar with his symphonic music, which is just as bewitching, brimming with exoticism and intoxicating colours. Between this composer’s First Symphony and Fauré’s delicate Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, cellist Bryan Cheng takes us back to Paris in the 1900s with Saint-Saëns’ spectacular Second Concerto.
All Hamelin, All Beethoven
Marc-André Hamelin’s concert of Brahms at the Festival in the summer of 2019 was a milestone. Two concertos in one weekend—this time around, he will perform five in one weekend: who could ask for more? This consummate Quebec virtuoso, a “pianist’s pianist,” teams up with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain to perform Beethoven’s complete concertos—a pinnacle musical encounter, an exceptional tour de force, essential listening for music lovers this summer in Lanaudière.