Word from the Artistic Director
Return to Essentials
While the health crisis continues to affect the entire planet, it has also revealed the extent to which people across the world are interrelated and united by this extraordinary ordeal. It is the beauty we have discovered amidst the upheaval since the spring: our shared fragility, the very opposite of individual self-sufficiency. The connection between an audience, artists, and creators in a shared physical space cannot be replaced, for it partakes of the substance of our humanity.
In this spirit, we present to you the Festival de Lanaudière’s “Fall Season.” Within only a few days, this unprecedented event took shape from a shared desire to work together and to promptly convey a strong, clear signal: music is alive, it brings us closer to each other, it teaches us wisdom and tolerance, and helps us to conquer fear.
Artists who are loyal friends of the Festival need no introduction: Marc-André Hamelin, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and Les Violons du Roy. Circumstances now permit us to offer you a first concert featuring the immeasurable Adrianne Pieczonka, who is usually solidly booked in Europe in summer months. We mark the Festival debut of fabulous Montreal mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb, and of Johannes Debus, Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company. We salute the return of the extraordinary violinist James Ehnes.
With all our hearts, in the coming weeks we invite you to join us in rediscovering an essential part of our identity, so sorely missed in recent months.