Word from the Artistic Director
Lanaudière! The name embodies so much of what we sorely miss right now and undoubtedly for some time to come: beauty, joy at being together, the pleasure of sharing, discovering, playing, being. In German, “Festpiele” means festival (in the plural form), and it is as simple as that: feast, play. How wonderful it is!
Although we cannot be together this summer to celebrate music and life, we can still invite you to join us in upcoming weeks for a series of virtual concerts: a selection of the most extraordinary gems in our archival treasure trove. Most of the recordings that you will access on our website have not been broadcast since the time they were created. They are a witness to both the rich history of our Festival and what it has become in fulfilling its promise.
Music brings us together, resonates within us, and above all, speaks to our emotions. Music reveals us to ourselves. In the current, unprecedented, and incredibly difficult times we are going through, it is a powerful unifying force, drawing us to the recognition of others, to be more tolerant and wiser. Music shows us that peace is possible in this world.
I wish you much joy in the company of the artists in our virtual edition. My most fervent wish is to greet you in person very soon in our home, your home!