Festival de Lanaudiere Announces 2023 Festival Program

By Logan Martell

The Festival de Lanaudiere 2023 has announced its programming for this year’s festival events.

There will be 14 concerts at the Amphitheatre Fernand-Lindsay, as well as in regional churches, cultural venues, agritourism sites, free movie nights, and more. Among the highlights are the following:

Conducted by Rafael Payare, four soloists will join a choir of 100 singers to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 to open the festival.

Performance Date: July 7, 2023.

Handel’s comic opera “Partenope” will feature the six winners of the 10th Jardin des Voix, Les Arts Florissants.

Performance Date: July 15, 2023.

The National Youth Orchestra will be stopping by for their only Canadian concert of the year, highlighting Berlioz the Romantic. The concert will be conducted by Sir Andrew Davis and joined by famed violinist Gil Shaham.

Performance Date: July 16, 2023.

The baroque ensemble Cappella Mediterranea, with Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, will make its Canadian debut in a program with a Trio of Concerts. The program includes “Orfeo” and “Vespers of the Blessed Virgin.”

Performance Dates: July 22, 24, and 25, 2023.

“Great Artists from Here and Elsewhere” features renowned conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting Strauss’ “Alpine Symphony,” and on the following day, Marc-Andre Hamelin will join the orchestra for Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto.

Performance Dates: July 28 – 29, 2023.

Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” will feature harpist Xavier de Maistre for Gliere’s Harp Concerto, and mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill for Wagner’s “Wesendonck-Lieder” and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.

Performance Dates: August 4 and 5, 2023.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin returns for the Finale Concert showcasing Chopin and Tchaikovsky, and will be joined by Seong-Jon Cho.

Performance Date: August 6, 2023.