Less than a month before the Festival begins

Less than a month before the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival Starts

Two new events to celebrate early music

Lamèque, N. B., Thursday, June 27, 2019: The 44th season of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival begins in just under a month. This great celebration of early music will bring together some fifty artists and will be held from July 25 to 27, 2019. The Festival team is proud to announce two new events in addition to the six official concerts in the 2019 program. 


"An Italian morning"
Friday, July 26, 2019, 10 a.m.
Notre-Dame-des-Flots Church, Lamèque
Free admission

In this relaxed concert, recorder player Vincent Lauzer, cellist Camille Paquette-Roy and harpist Sara Lackie invite music lovers of all ages to the roads of 17th century Italy. On the programme are works by Castello, Fontana, Frescobaldi and Matteis. Following the concert, join the artists in the garden for a chat and some refreshments. What a great way to start the day on the right foot!  Admission is free!

Pre-concert conference and public rehearsal - Grandiose Telemann
Saturday, July 27, 2019, 1:15 p.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île

Following the success of the "Grandiose Telemann" concert, which has been sold out for more than a month, the Festival offers music lovers the opportunity to attend the dress rehearsal of the concert. This is a great opportunity to witness the musicians prepare the final concert of the Festival. The public rehearsal will be preceded by a conference on the life and work of Georg Philipp Telemann given by conductor and bassoonist Mathieu Lussier.


This summer will be the fourth edition of the Mathieu Duguay Early Music Competition. Trumpeter Duncan Campbell, violinist Marie Nadeau-Tremblay and harpsichordist Jonathan Salamon are the three finalists in the Competition. They will share more than $6,500 in prizes. During the two rounds of the Competition, members of the public will be invited to vote for their favourite candidate. 

First round: Recitals by the finalists
Thursday, July 25, 2019, 2 p.m.
Notre-Dame-des-Flots Church, Lamèque

For this first event, each finalist will present a short recital for their instrument and basso continuo: a golden opportunity to discover young talents in an intimate concert. The emerging musicians will play with harpsichordist Hank Knox and cellist Amanda Keesmaat.

Final Round
Friday, July 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l'Île

During this concert, the three finalists will showcase their talents in mastering their instrument by performing concertos and vocal works with baroque orchestra. They will be accompanied by the Mission Saint-Charles Mission under the direction of Hank Knox. The prizes will be awarded at the end of this very moving evening.


In addition to the two events and two rounds of the Mathieu Duguay Early Music Competition, four concerts will be presented at Sainte-Cécile Church in Petite-Rivière-de-l'Île and at Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Church in Miscou.

"Vivaldi: the limits of virtuosity"
Thursday, July 25, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l'Île

This first major evening concert will explore the vocal and instrumental works by Antonio Vivaldi. On the program: opera arias and concertos for recorder and bassoon in which the performers must demonstrate an extraordinary virtuosity.

"Secret Muses"
Friday, July 26, 2019, 3 p.m.
Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Church, Miscou

The artists of this concert are inspired by the "Concerto delle donne”, a group of three professional female singers at the court of Duke Alfonso II in Ferrara, Italy, at the end of the Renaissance. 

"From Bach to Haydn: Carte blanche To Francesco Corti"
Saturday, July 27, 2019, 11 a.m.
Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Church, Miscou

For this concert, Italian harpsichordist Francesco Corti, winner of numerous prizes in international competitions and one of the most prominent musicians on the European scene, presents a recital of works for solo harpsichord.

“Grandiose Telemann” – SOLD OUT -
Saturday, July 27, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l'Île

The Mission Saint-Charles Choir and Orchestra, under the direction of Mathieu Lussier, join forces to pay tribute to the creative genius of Georg Philipp Telemann. 

The 44th season of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival will take place from July 25 to 27, 2019. For all the details about the program, visit .