Festival Classica has presented approximately 325 concerts attended by close to 320,000 festivalgoers. It has engaged the services of more than 750 musicians, another 1,300 orchestral musicians and about 230 professional painters. In addition, the event has seen the participation of 2,200 choristers and showcased more than 3,200 up-and-coming artists! Festival Classica has made a name for itself in Canada, the United States, Europe and even as far away as Australia, thanks to exciting productions and radio broadcasts produced here and aired internationally.
In collaboration with L’Harmonie des saisons, in 2018, for the second year in a row, Festival Classica embarks on a fall concert tour in the cities of Saint-Lambert, Granby, Saint-Constant and Boucherville, with a presentation of Mozart’s Requiem. The soloists, choral ensemble and orchestra of period instruments will be under the direction of Eric Milnes. Immerse yourself in this timeless work by Mozart!
I invite you to take part in the grand celebration of music that will be the 9th edition of Festival Classica, entitled From Berlioz to the Bee Gees, taking place in Saint-Lambert and in various cities on both the South Shore and the island of Montreal, where we will be presenting several satellite concerts. Festival Classica runs from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, June 16, 2019.
In 2019, we will mark the 150th anniversary of the death of the famous composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) along with the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer and cellist Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880). It will also be just shy of 150 years since the birth of composer Albert Roussel (1869-1937).
Come together in the heart of music!
The creation of an event such as Festival Classica is an exciting endeavour, but it is not without its share of challenges. Good fortune has brought together the group of remarkable and passionate individuals who make up Festival Classica’s board of directors. Working devotedly behind the scenes with the Festival’s founder, Marc Boucher, these unsung heroes ensure the event’s success and are richly deserving of recognition. On behalf of all the music lovers who will enjoy the fruit of their work, we thank all the members of the board of directors, the finance committee, and the production team.
In early summer, these cities will welcome thousands of festivalgoers, who will enjoy concerts on both indoor and outdoor stages.
With the Festival’s always exciting and daring, yet highly accessible, programming, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Hear a favourite work set to innovative classical orchestration, get ready to be wowed by the new generation of up-and-coming musical talent, or give a listen to classical music styles you’ve never heard before, with the assurance that each performance you attend will be of the highest quality.
We look forward to seeing you all from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, June 16, 2019.
In closing, on behalf of myself and all my colleagues on the board of directors, I would like to thank the Festival’s management team, all our volunteers and, of course, our donors, without whose support we could not live this dream.
Festival Classica is an urban festival dedicated to classical music in the broad sense, including the classical music of other cultures. Our mission is to create a public space that fosters encounters between classical music, artists, and the population.
We’re looking for individuals interested in generously sharing their time to contribute to the success of Festival Classica.
The Festival boasts an exceptional team of more than 100 volunteers. It’s these people who are in large part responsible for its ever-growing success.
We truly believe that our volunteers are the heart of the Festival. Are you dynamic, proactive, courteous and responsible? Join our team and give yourself and our 50,000 festivalgoers an unforgettable emotional experience!