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Jordi Savall in concert at
the Festival de Lanaudière

After New York and Boston, the famous gambist stops in Joliette for a unique concert

December 16, 2021

The renowned Catalan gambist and conductor Jordi Savall will return to the Festival de Lanaudière after an absence of more than 30 years, for a special edition concert on February 26, 7:30 pm at Joliette Cathedral. The only stop on Quebec soil in a North American tour that will take him from Carnegie Hall to the South-Western United States, this Lanaudière concert marks Savall’s return to the Festival after his debut here more than thirty years ago.

This Lanaudière concert marks Savall’s return to the Festival after his debut here more than thirty years ago.

Famous among other accomplishments for his soundtrack to the film Tous les matins du monde (All the Mornings of the World), he will perform with his ensemble Le Concert des Nations in a program entitled Musique pour les Concerts Royaux de Versailles featuring works by Marin Marais François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau and Jean-Marie Leclair that originated at the court of the French kings.

Jordi Savall

“This will be a journey into the Baroque splendour of the 17th and 18th centuries, an ideal antidote to the winter doldrums – but above all, it is an encounter with an artist, a leading humanist, a thinker, a true pioneer of early music, and a tireless advocate for dialogue between cultures. Through his art, for the last forty years, Jordi Savall has revealed the many aspects of historical consciousness in all their fullness. It is a priceless privilege to welcome him here,” stated Renaud Loranger, Artistic Director of the Festival.

Great ambitions for the Festival

“The presentation of this concert constitutes a pivotal moment for the Festival,” explains Executive Director Xavier Roy. “There is meaning in the fact that Joliette is in the same league as New York, Boston, Toronto, San Diego, Seattle and other cities on Jordi Savall’s North American tour.”

Jordi Savall

“Meaningful, because our Region has established itself over the years as a prime destination for lovers of classical music. Furthermore, a greater year-round presence for the Festival will create the conditions for us to cement Lanaudière’s position as a Canadian hub for classical music.”

About Jordi Savall and the
ensemble Le Concert des Nations

Jordi Savall is one of the most versatile musical personalities of his generation. For more than 50 years, he has unveiled to the world little-known musical marvels, early music gems left to indifference or oblivion but rediscovered and performed on his viola da gamba or by the ensembles he conducts.

His activities as a concert performer, teacher, researcher and creator of both musical and cultural projects place him among the principal actors in the revival of historical performance. With Montserrat Figueras, he founded Hespèrion XXI (1974), La Capella Reial de Catalunya (1987), and Le Concert des Nations (1989), ensembles thanks to which he has explored and created a world of emotions and beauty, revealed to millions of music lovers everywhere in the world.

‘For more than 50 years, he has unveiled to the world little-known musical marvels, early music gems left to indifference or oblivion.’

The orchestra of Le Concert des Nations performs repertoires spanning the Baroque to the Romantic eras (1600–1850) on period instruments. Its name comes from François Couperin’s Les Nations, a title that represents a melding of “musical tastes” and a premonition that art in Europe would forever leave to the world its own distinctive mark: that of the Enlightenment.

About the Festival de Lanaudière

The Festival de Lanaudière is the largest classical music festival in Canada. Founded in 1978, it welcomes year after year tens of thousands of spectators for concerts featuring some of the greatest artists of the national and international scene, mainly at the Fernand-Lindsay Amphitheatre in Joliette. The Festival is a member of the Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux (REMI).

Ticket Information

Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations
Musique pour les Concerts Royaux de Versailles
Concert presented at the Joliette Cathedral
2 Rue Saint-Charles-Borromés in Joliette
February 26 février at 7:30 pm

Place des Arts Box Office
842-2112 / 1 866 842-2112 ou billeterie en ligne

Given the current public health situation, the Festival de Lanaudière will release a limited number of tickets for sale and will ensure that all health standards in effect at the time of the concert are respected. The Festival’s team is committed to producing events that provide delight, while also maintaining the safety and health of its audiences.

Images: Courtesy of Hespèrion XXI

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