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This classical music festival features highly renowned soloists and orchestras on the national and international scenes. The concerts and recitals take place outdoors at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay in Joliette, as well as in several churches in the region.

Since Father Fernand Lindsay founded it in 1978, the Festival de Lanaudière has served as an annual summer gathering of great orchestras from home and abroad. The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Orchestre Métropolitain are both loyal Festival partners.

In 1989, the Festival reached a turning point with the inauguration of a new amphitheatre, which can hold 2,000 people under its roof and 8,000 on its lawn. Open to its natural surroundings, its acoustics have also proven to be a success, appreciated by audiences and praised by artists. In July 2010, the Amphithéâtre de Lanaudière was renamed Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay as a tribute to the Festival’s founder who passed away in 2009.

Illustrious artists who have visited the Festival include Cecilia Bartoli, Marilyn Horne, Itzhak Perlman, Maxim Vengerov, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Alicia de Larrocha, Marc-André Hamelin, Angèle Dubeau, Alain Lefèvre, Sir Neville Marriner, and The Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields.