As I embark on my third year as Artistic Director and first year as Executive Director, I am pleased to present the programming for the 2018 Orford Music Festival. I can’t wait to discover and re-discover with you the incredibly talented artists with whom we will share an immersive experience that will include both musical and gourmet tasting events with a Japanese flair.
I am deeply inspired by the Japanese culture, the way in which the Japanese think and strive for excellence in every sphere of life. Japan has a long and unique cultural tradition, which is expressed in all of its artistic forms and which, ironically, aligns remarkably well with the country’s innovative spirit. My aim was to capture this innovative quality in the 2018 programming, which just happens to fit perfectly with the commemorative events to be held this year in celebration of the 90th anniversary of Japan-Canada diplomatic relations.
In addition to our usual free family events, we will enjoy two new concert series created in collaboration with Merry House and the municipality of North Hatley, a number of gourmet evenings at the bistro, visual art exhibitions, the third edition of the prestigious Orford Music Award, and close to twenty great concerts performed by some of the finest classical and jazz musicians around. Outstanding pianists Charles Richard-Hamelin and Christian Blackshaw, soprano Suzie Leblanc, jazzwoman Marianne Trudel, the renowned chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy, and rising star Marina Thibeault are but a few who will captivate audiences at the Gilles-Lefebvre Concert Hall this summer. Our talented performers will present some new works by Canadian composer Airat Ichmouratov. Certain guest artists will also honour our theme by performing one or more pieces by recognized Japanese composers. An excellent example is Sara Davis Buechner, who will be joined on stage by a Japanese mime artist.
This summer, I invite you to join us at Orford Music for a remarkable artistic experience. Come and discover the magnificent culture of the Land of the Rising Sun with all five senses.