Launch of the 2023 Program

Launch of the 2023 program

“A Weekend with the Bach Family”: 47th season of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival

Lamèque, N.B., Friday, April 21, 2023: The Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival is proud to present the program for its 47th season. The program includes eight events full of surprising discoveries and powerful emotions. All the details are available on the Festival website:


On the occasion of the 47th anniversary of the Festival, music lovers are invited to spend a weekend with the Bachs from July 27 to 29. We will, of course, be hearing the music of the illustrious Johann Sebastian Bach, but also pieces by members of his family and other Baroque musicians who had an influence on him and his work.


These concerts will present significant works by J. S. Bach and his contemporaries performed by some of the best early music specialists in the country.


Thursday, July 27, 7:30 p.m., Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l'Île

The twelve singers of Ensemble ArtChoral, conducted by Matthias Maute, and organist Dorothéa Ventura will present a program of choral works written by Johann Sebastian Bach and other German baroque composers.


Friday, July 28, 7:30 p.m., Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l'Île

A tribute to the work of Bach, to French music and to chocolate with Ensemble Caprice (five musicians) and Uruguayan countertenor Leandro Marziotte.


Saturday, July 29, 7:30 p.m., Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l'Île

Works by J. S. Bach and his son Carl Philipp Emanuel performed by Ensemble Caprice, Ensemble ArtChoral, the Mission Saint-Charles Choir and soloists, including Acadians Nathalie Paulin and Dion Mazerolle.


Bertrand Cuiller, one of the most prominent harpsichordists on the European scene, will present a recital dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach’s greatest works for harpsichord, including preludes and fugues, the famous Italian concerto and English suites performed on the festival harpsichord, a magnificent instrument built by Yves Beaupré and modelled on those of Dutch maker Dulken.

“Bertrand and Bach”

Friday, July 28, 3 p.m., Saint-Raphaël Church, Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël

Bertrand Cuiller will also perform with violinist Guillaume Villeneuve, who took first place in the 2022 Mathieu-Duguay Early Music Competition. Together, they will perform the sonatas of J.S. Bach and other works by Italian composers who influenced the cantor of Leipzig’s music.

Recital by the winner of the Mathieu-Duguay Early Music Competition

Saturday, July 29, 11 a.m., Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Church, Miscou


The Festival will also present two not-to-be-missed experience concerts. The first concert will offer the opportunity to hear a collection of more than ten historic guitars played by David Jacques as part of a concert-talk presented in the intimate setting of the Miscou church. The second will feature a late-night program with recorder player Vincent Lauzer and percussionist Ziya Tabassian. Music lovers are invited to join the duo as they explore music from all over the world, from the medieval period to today.

“Guitar Stories”

Thursday, July 27, 3 p.m., Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Church, Miscou


Friday, July 28, 10 p.m., Notre-Dame-des-Flots Church, Lamèque


Festival-goers are invited to attend a short conference given by conductor Matthias Maute and a public rehearsal for the Saturday evening concert. This is a great opportunity to demystify the work of the artists and to learn more about the life and work of the great Johann Sebastian Bach.

Saturday, July 29, 2 p.m., Sainte-Cécile Church, Petite-Rivière-de-l'Île


The Festival's artistic director, Vincent Lauzer, was pleased to present the visual signature for the 2023 edition. It is a work by Louise LeBlanc, an Acadian artist from Shediac-Bridge, in New Brunswick. This work, produced in July 2022, represents the dialogue between the opening of an ascending luminous circle and the dynamics of chiaroscuro in the topology of movement. The cycle of the seasons is revealed in the components of each of the artist’s paintings, this one representing summer, thus echoing the nature and landscapes that are the source of her inspiration.

For all the details about the program, visit the website at  Tickets will be for sale on Monday, April 24.