The OSM in all of its glory at the Festival de Lanaudière
Festival de Lanaudière – This summer, the Festival de Lanaudière will have the honour of receiving once again conductor Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM). On July 14, Nagano’s musicians will take stage at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay to interpret the Canadian premiere of the St Luke Passion composed by Krzysztof Penderecki.
Written in Germany on March 30, 1966, the St Luke Passion is one of the greatest pieces by this brilliant Polish composer. This atonal, modern piece is a poignant and tremendously powerful composition. The sound effects created by the sheer size of the orchestra and choir are perfectly fitting to convey the intensity and historical significance of The Passion of the Christ—the ultimate sacrifice and an incomparable display of love.
“This is huge for Lanaudière! This work has never been presented in Canada,” says Gregory Charles, Artistic Director of the Festival. “And the OSM has chosen to premiere it here before taking it abroad. Its complexity and impressive distribution make for an ambitious concert—one narrator, three soloists, three mixed choirs, one children’s choir, one organ, and, of course, one large orchestra. The Festival de Lanaudière should be very proud as it reinstates its reputation as a world-class event.”
This same piece will open Austria’s prestigious Salzbourg Festival. In fact, Kent Nagano and the OSM will perform the opening concert, July 20, under the theme Ouverture spirituelle, devoted to liturgical music.
Tickets are available now at lanaudiere.org or through the Place des Arts Box Office at 514-842-2112 or 1-866-842-2112, Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stay tuned for the spring unveiling of the complete program!
About the Festival de Lanaudière
The Festival de Lanaudière is the most important classical music festival in Canada, and part of the Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux. Year after year, the event welcomes over 50,000 festival-goers for all of its activities. It features an accessible program with outstanding, world-class artists. The festival’s main stage is an amphitheatre with 2,000 seats nestled under a roof and a lawn area that fits 6,000.
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Feature image: Kent Nagano Conductor of MSO Photo: Festival de Lanaudière et Christina Alonso