The performing arts in the spotlight
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE once again amazed and delighted fans with its explosive program, making it a hit in every respect—packed venues, memorable premieres, magical discoveries and revelations, passionate crowds… First off, congratulations to Bobby Bazini and Stephan Eicher, who lived up to their prestigious titles as honorary co-presidents. The Swiss singer’s countrymen and women—Kadebostany, Anna Aaron, Bastian Baker and Daniele Finzi Pasca, with his wonderfully poetic Icaro—made us all eager to discover even more of the Swiss arts scene. Of course, we’re not leaving out the opening concert starring Bruno Pelletier and Guy St-Onge with the Orchestre Métropolitain, the 30th and final performance of Ne me quitte pas: a Tribute to Jacques Brel, which unleashed a tidal wave of emotion in the room, the return of the Tragically Hip, or the first delirious visit by crowd fave Christine and the Queens, Harry Manx, Betty Bonifassi and Jay-Jay Johanson. In keeping with tradition, the festival presented an impressive series of Montreal premieres, including Stefie Shock, Jérôme Couture, Marie-Pierre Arthur and Guillaume Beauregard. Finally, in a spectacular announcement courtesy of Alain Simard, we announced the return of legendary Maestro Charles Dutoit, who will grace our 2016 edition, conducting the OSM for two incredible concerts in the Maison symphonique with his fellow Swiss artist Martha Argerich on piano!