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Word from the Artistic Director

Renaud Loranger

Artistic Director

Renaud Loranger

Lanaudière – a region of discoveries, a source of inspiration, a place where beauty flourishes. This summer, the Amphitheatre turns thirty.

As Father Fernand Lindsay noted at its opening ceremony, music in Lanaudière would serve as a “nest” from which great things would arise. Father Lindsay passed away ten years ago. Basic to his outlook was a sudden awareness, resulting from a visit to Salzburg and Bayreuth in the 1960s, that would evolve into a dream of humanist sharing, a love of discovery, an irrepressible desire to stir excitement : to broaden horizons, to create bridges between performers and audiences, to transform life through music as his own had been.

This legacy takes several forms in our 2019 season. Among the longtime visitors to the Festival, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and its music director Kent Nagano answered the invitation to return with a resounding “Coming!” as did Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain.

Another Festival veteran, Les Violons du Roy, is also returning, for the first time with their new music director, Jonathan Cohen. The sensational pianists Seong-Jin Cho and Francesco Piemontesi will be appearing for the first time in Quebec, as will brothers Arthur and Lucas Jussen and guitarist Miloš Karadaglić. Tenor Michael Spyres is a must for aficionados of vocal music. He will give two concerts – his first in Canada – in between appearances on the world’s most prestigious stages.

In addition to Spyres will be a constellation of international stars, including Christian Tetzlaff, Susan Graham, and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, all promising musical fireworks. It is in this spirit that we invite you to join us this summer. The Festival exists first and foremost for you and thanks to you, our audience. Like the characters in Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, you are once again invited to enter an ongoing reverie, to experience the never-ending magic of a waking dream.