Grand finale to a very special season

Joliette, August 3, 2021 - Marc-André Hamelin, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain come to Lanaudière for the final weekend of Canada's largest classical music festival: a meeting at the top, an exceptional tour de force, a must-see event of the Quebec summer.


“The Brahms concert given by Marc-André Hamelin at the Festival in the summer of 2019 is etched forever in our memories. As a nod to the Olympic Games, this time around the ‘pianist of pianists' performs all five Beethoven concertos in two consecutive evenings ... a real marathon!” exclaimed Renaud Loranger, Artistic Director of the Festival de Lanaudière.


All Hamelin, All Beethoven

The great virtuoso Marc-André Hamelin joins Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain to perform the complete Beethoven piano concertos.

August 6 at 8 p.m. - Presented by Ratelle

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in C major, Op. 15

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37


August 7 at 8 p.m. - Presented by Yamaha

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 (“Emperor”)


Towards a New World

August 8 at 5 p.m. - To conclude the Festival, Nézet-Séguin and the OM give us Dvorák's “New World” Symphony, one of the most popular works of the entire orchestral repertoire, alongside the premiere of a work by Canadian composer Barbara Assiginaak. Also on the program is Martinu's The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca


“This is a journey in three different stages: from Martinu's Renaissance humanist heritage, to the American experience of his compatriot and predecessor Dvorák, to which Barbara Assiginaak's work is a form of response,” according to Renaud Loranger, Artistic Director of the Festival de Lanaudière.

Presented by La Fondation Sandra et Alain Bouchard.



Concerts in Churches

  • Wednesday, August 4 at 8 p.m., at the Saint-Paul-de-Joliette Church - An extraordinary performance by Canadian soprano and pianist Rachel Fenlon: a recital in which she accompanies herself on the piano with art songs by Schubert, Debussy, Grieg and Messiaen. Presented by Desjardins.

  • Thursday, August 5, at Saint-Barthélemy Church - The exceptional duo of Charles Richard-Hamelin (pianist) and Andrew Wan (OSM Concertmaster) explores some of the lesser-known corners of the great Robert Schumann's “secret garden”: his three sonatas for violin and piano. Presented by Desjardins.


A Private Rehearsal With the Orchestre Métropolitain

As a special gift to those directly affected by the past year's health crisis, the Festival will present a unique event at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay on Thursday, August 5. Approximately 250 persons affiliated with the health sector and various community organizations in the Lanaudière region are invited to attend a rehearsal of the Orchestre Métropolitain and pianist Marc-André Hamelin under the direction of conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This initiative is made possible by Power Corporation of Canada.


Concerts in Parks and Public Spaces

In addition to its regular programming, the Festival continues to offer intimate concerts in the magnificent green spaces of Lanaudière until August 28.


August 7, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Riverain Park

Voix et guitare (Voice and Guitar) (Sarah Halmarson, soprano and Marc-Olivier Pilon, guitar)


August 8, 2:00 pm, Maison et Jardins Lacombe

Quatuor Andara (Andara Quartet)


August 14, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Riverain Park

Quatuor ave cymbalum (Quartet with Cymbalum – Alexandru Sura, cymbalum; Veronica Ungureanu, violin; Dumitru Besleaga, cobza; Roman Manolache, double bass)


August 21, 1–3 p.m., Riverain Park

Duo de flutes-A due (Duo of Flutes-A Due – Vincent Lauzer, flutes and Marie-Laurence Primeau, flute and viola da gamba)


August 28, 1–3 p.m., Riverain Park

Space Time Continuo-Violoncelles en vedette (Cellos Featured)



The Festival offers these four concerts to enjoy in the comfort of your home:

  • Songs of Love featuring the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Chorus under the direction of its Chorusmaster Andrew Megill, offers an a cappella program, available online July 22.
  • Destination Buenos Aires with Les Violons du Roy conducted by Nicolas Ellis, with Canadian violin virtuoso Kerson Leong, available online July 29.
  • Romanticism in the French Style with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal conducted by Jacques Lacombe and featuring cellist Bryan Cheng, available online August 5.
  • All Hamelin, All Beethoven with the Orchestre Métropolitain conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin with soloist Marc-André Hamelin, available online August 12.

For more information on webcasts:



Box Offices (Tickets)

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Amphitheatre Box Office

450 759-4343 / 1 800 561-4343

About the Festival de Lanaudière

The 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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