Kristof Barati, Alexandre Tharaud, Midori, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, the Emerson String Quartet and Bruno Pelletier will be present at the 41st international festival of Domaine Forget. To the many guests, one should add the name of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose compositions are particularly highlighted in the programs on the menu.
“I really like Mozart and strangely, since I took the artistic direction in 2011, we have not often had the opportunity to often have his works on the program. It’s going to change this year! “Says Artistic Director Paul Fortin.
Benedetto Lupo and Angela Cheng will perform the rare Concerto for two pianos and orchestra in E flat major with Les Violons du Roy on June 29th. For his debut at the festival, Jonathan Cohen will conduct a Mozart concert where Charles Richard-Hamelin will deliver the 22nd and 24th piano concertos of the great composer on July 7th. The young pianist and the Violons du Roy are preparing a record, says Mr. Fortin. The baroque orchestra will return on August 18, with mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne, to close their hat trick.
The Quebec Symphony Orchestra will perform with violinist Midori Goto under the direction of its former conductor Yoav Talmi on August 4, followed by Fabien Gabel and cellist Julian Steckel, “a rising star” who will come to the festival for the first time.
Mr. Fortin notes that violinist Kristof Barati, pianist Angela Cheng, jazz singer Jane Monheit and guitarist Jason Vieaux will also be making their first appearance at Domaine Forget. Among the expected returns, he named the trumpet player Sergei Nakariakov [a prelude, June 14], who came many years ago. “It’s really hard to catch since his career took off internationally, as has violinist Pavel Vernikov [July 26], who rarely plays in North America,” said Fortin.
The presence of several renowned pianists is concentrated on the beginning of the festival. Marc-Andre Hamelin give the official kick-off of the festival on June 22, then the recitals of Andre Laplante (June 30) and Alexandre Tharaud (July 13) will follow.
Arts Without Borders on July 27 will include a free outdoor show by Bruno Pelletier and a unique recital by Marie-Nicole Lemieux, who will share the stage with dancers for a few pieces.
Besides the concerts, there are two novelties this summer. After a first successful experience last year, the concert on the platform generated a series, presented in the morning on the banks of the river on June 22, July 27 and August 3 and coordinated with stops of the Charlevoix Train. In partnership with the Filmanthropes, there will be three outdoor screenings: Les Choristes (July 17), presented by the film critic Michel Coulombe, The Red Violin (July 24), introduced by the cellist Stephan Tetreault and The passion of Augustine (August 14) with the composer Francois Dompierre.