The Umbrellas of Lanaudiere

The venue staff was on hand as the Pittsburgh Symphony buses pulled onto the Festival Lanaudiere property in Joliette, Quebec yesterday for the first of two concerts here.  This first night was all-Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, the 5th Piano Concerto with soloist Valentine Lisitsa, and the 7th Symphony.

Lanaudiere staff awaits the arrival of tonight's audience

Lanaudiere staff awaits the arrival of tonight's audience


The amphitheater, with its modern lines and cool colors, nestles with surprising grace into a well-manicured, bucolic setting.  Even the common Ailanthus trees have been nursed into attractive works of art.  Holders of Lawn Seating tickets have arrived early to stake claim on good vantage points just outside the amphitheater roof line…

Elegant landscaping at Lanaudiere pavilion

Elegant landscaping at Lanaudiere pavilion


…while Orchestra members begin setting up for the acoustic rehearsal which will precede the concert this first night.  Logos of major sponsors for the event can be seen projected on the wings flanking the stage.

The amphitheater stage

The amphitheater stage


It has been a grey day, and the air finally cannot contain the humidity.  Il pleut.  It rains.  The lawn patrons are prepared.  Umbrellas go up in a flash!

Rain falls, umbrellas go up!

Rain falls, umbrellas go up!


The hardy umbrella bunch forms a steadfast clutch as Orchestra members arrive on stage, changed into summer white dress for the concert.  General Manager Marcie Solomon and Personnel Manager Kelvin Hill confer at the front of the stage near members of the second violin section.

Steadfast lawn attendees hunched under rain gear.

Inner and outer audiences ready for the concert!

Inner and outer audiences ready for the concert!

Finally the auditorium has opened for indoor seating and seems completely filled with concert goers.  The sun has left the sky, bowing before the steady rain, but the encampment of umbrellas has grown, with a fair number now on the back ridges.  By concert’s end the listeners on the lawn were still there and joined in the enthusiastic ovation, to which the Orchestra replied with two encores.

7 Responses to “The Umbrellas of Lanaudiere”

  1. Lawrence Loh says:

    Great pictures!!!

  2. Doug Bauman says:

    What were the encores?
    Here’s a suggestion for Music Director Honeck for this upcoming season, assuming there is time for an encore to the Pittsburgh audience (ahem, why not us:)

    Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 (Emperor Waltz) by Johann Strauss II


  3. Danielle Barrette says:

    Was really great to have PSO members and fans last weekend! Encores from Strauss, Josef & Richard, were nice. Staff of Fernand-Lindsay Amphitheatre (brand new name of Lanaudière Amphitheatre in Joliette) will always be glad to receive you and all music lovers from Pittsburgh. Be sure to visit us in the future. You were a incredible gift (the best gift from Pittsburgh since we beat your hockey team, this spring! ha!ha!).
    Danielle Barrette, coordination & logistic,
    Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay
    Société de la Place des Arts, Québec, Canada

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  5. Stephanie Tretick says:

    Thank you for your kind words – glad you enjoyed the post!

  6. Great pictures!!! And the rain only made this concert even more memorable.

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