Festival Classica has presented close to 275 concerts attended by approximately 250,000 festivalgoers. It has engaged the services of more than 600 musicians, another 1,000 orchestral musicians and about 200 professional painters. In addition, the event has seen the participation of 1,600 choristers and showcased some 2,000 up-and-coming artists! The Festival 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 reprised internationally.
In collaboration with L’Harmonie des saisons, in 2017, Festival Classica launched a holiday season concert tour in the cities of Saint-Lambert, Repentigny, Granby, Boucherville and Saint-Constant, with a presentation of Handel’s Messiah. The soloists, choral ensemble and orchestra of period instruments were under the skillful direction of Eric Milnes, whose passion for this masterwork shone through every performance. Many spectators said that this was the most beautiful Messiah they had ever attended, a view that I wholeheartedly share.
I invite you to take part in the grand celebration of music that will be the 8th edition of Festival Classica, entitled From Schubert to the Stones, 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 25 to Saturday, June 16, 2018.
In 2018, we will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Quebec composer André Mathieu, whose works will be the focus of a number of concerts presented during this year’s edition. We will also be commemorating the 80th anniversary of the birth of Quebec composer Jacques Hétu, who left us in 2010.
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 25 to Saturday, June 16, 2018.
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!