KNOWLTON GEARING UP FOR NAGANO & CO

2009-07-08, from Member
KNOWLTON, QC. – The upcoming Knowlton Festival featuring the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal led by Maestro Kent Nagano has inspired Knowltonites to
rally and create a festival of food and music that will add to the very special ambiance
created by the Orchestra’s presence. Running from August 4 to 16, the Festival will offer the best in symphonic and operatic music in the beautiful countryside surrounding Knowlton in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.

Ensuring both musical diversity and a high level of excellence, the Knowlton Festival has an outstanding program of must-see concerts. Five leading conductors will perform, including Kent Nagano and the OSM, Carlos Miguel Prieto and the talented Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy, and both Massimiliano Muralli and Carlo Rizzari with the Festival Orchestra.

Celebrated artists - June Anderson, Neal Gripp, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, Sumi Jo, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, pianists Stephen Kovacevich and Gabriela Montero plus up-and-coming singers will be featured.

So while the hills will be alive with the sound of classical music and song, so will be the streets of this lovely Victorian village on the shores of Brome Lake.

OSM Festival inspires youth of area

Seven young musical talents from the Eastern Townships will stroll the streets of Knowlton during the days of August 8 to 16, giving Festival goers a taste of music to come and a chance to enjoy the musical talents of the future. Violinists include Lindsay Turcotte, 14 years old; Mathias Larivière 17 years old; Guylaine Santerre, 16 years old and Madelaine Proulx, 15 years old. Cellists are Miro Belzil, 16 years old; Sonia Carreau and Mariane Larivière (12 years old), mother and daughter cellists and William Larivière, 19 years old. Well-known Eastern Townships accordionist Marie Madore will also be on hand August 8, 9, 15 and 17.

Additional musical events include a cocktail-concert at the Brome County Historical Society with William and Mathias Larivière on the August 6; young pianist Yaakov Ludmer at Restaurant Le Relais, August 8 and 15 and classical guitarist Inger Woest at Brome Lake Books, August 15. As well, artists will be painting in the village park on August 8, followed by a cocktail at the Knowlton Gallery.

Pleasures for the palate

As gastronomy and music make beautiful partners, so six of the village’s best restaurants are offering special menus inspired by the classical masters and these menus may be savoured either before or after the Symphony’s evening show.
These restaurants include Auberge Knowlton/Le Relais, Auberge Lakeview, Bistro Knowlton Pub, Le Chianti and l’Epicurieux in Knowlton; and Auberge & Spa West Brome in West Brome.

Local businesses dressing up

“Festival Knowlton”, started last year under the banner of “Bel Canto”, is the brainchild of local businessman Marco Genoni and Maestro Nagano”, noted Brome Lake Chamber of Commerce president Cam Brown. “It was a huge success and this year will be even better with more concerts in their new venue.

“Village merchants have joined together this year to organize “Celebration Knowlton” to offer visitors a little something extra, both before and after the concerts. The streets will be decorated with musical notes and with the strolling musicians and other special events, the village should be quite magical.”

For details of the “Celebration” event, go to: www.cclacbrome.com/celebration_knowlton/CelebrationsEN.html
 
For details of the Knowlton Festival, go to:
www.knowltonfestival.com

For general information on Knowlton and lodging options, go to:
www.knowltonquebec.ca


Source:
Mr. Cameron Brown
President
Brome Lake Chamber of Commerce
450-242-4499
cam@camlenantiques.com

 
 

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