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Kent Nagano’s Much Anticipated Return to Quebec

The conductor will lead the OSM before a live audience for the first time since February 2020

Joliette, July 6 2021 – The Festival de Lanaudière is adding a concert to its programming and will launch the 2021 edition by offering an unexpected reunion with Kent Nagano, on Friday, July 16, at 8 p.m. For this event, Maestro Nagano will conduct the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, also featuring soprano Hélène Guilmette, and Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune. The concert marks the first performance of this symphony by Mahler in the Festival’s history. Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 8 at noon, at

Kent Nagano returns to the province specifically to give this concert at Festival de Lanaudière. “Kent Nagano’s visit, which would have seemed unlikely days ago but was made possible by a partial reopening of borders, attests to his deep and friendly attachment to the Festival and its audience,” stated Artistic Director Renaud Loranger. “His performance with the OSM of Mahler’s Third Symphony in 2019 is vividly etched in our memories. This opening night promises to deliver powerful emotions.”

Hundreds more tickets go on sale for all concerts

The recent easing of restrictions announced by Quebec Public Health will enable the Festival to welcome a larger audience to the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, while still complying with strict sanitation measures. For all concerts, the number of people allowed under the venue’s roof has increased from 450 to 831. As such, hundreds more tickets have now been made available for all Festival concerts, several of which did not have any tickets left under the Amphitheatre roof. These additional tickets may now be purchased at the Place des arts ticket office.

An open rehearsal with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain

A soothing balm for those heavily affected over the past year, the Festival will hold a special musical encounter, on August 5,at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay. Around 250 people associated with the health sector and with several community organizations in the region of Lanaudière will have the opportunity to attend an Orchestre Métropolitain rehearsal under the baton of conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This initiative was made possible by Power Corporation of Canada.

A rich edition

The Festival team has prepared an opulent programming for its 2021 edition. Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Karina Gauvin, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Bryan Cheng, Rachel Fenlon, Marc-André Hamelin, Jacques Lacombe and Mélisande McNabney are just some of the highly accomplished artists who will perform in the 16 concerts scheduled from July 16 to August 8, in addition to the four concerts available via webcast. The festival will also present four free outdoor film screenings and for the first time, some fifteen free impromptu concerts throughout the Greater Joliette region.

About the Festival de Lanaudière

Festival de Lanaudière is the largest classical music festival in Canada. Founded in 1978, it welcomes over 50,000 members of the public each year for concerts featuring some of the greatest artists on the national and international scene, primarily at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay in Joliette and in some of the region’s most beautiful churches. The Festival is a member of the Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux (REMI).

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