Concerts on the Iles du Bic: Mathieu Gaudet and Cameron Crozman among the guests

Concerts in the Bic Islands: Mathieu Gaudet and Cameron Crozman among the guests

The lineup for the festival was announced on Tuesday morning. (File photo)

The “Concerts aux Iles du Bic” festival will welcome 25 artists for a series of 15 shows that will be presented from August 5 to 12 in Rimouski and elsewhere in the region.

The pianist of Originally from Rimouski Mathieu Gaudet, cellist Cameron Crozman (Radio-Canada revelation in classical music in 2019) and soprano Myriam Leblanc are among those who will perform at this chamber music festival.

During the first concert, on Saturday August 5, the Ensemble Mirabilia, which combines voice, flute, cello and baroque harp, will resound with the airs of Vivaldi at the Bic church.

Soprano Myriam Leblanc is part of the Mirabilia Ensemble. (File photo)

Vivaldi's music is music that is full of contrasts, so sadness and joy, great disarray and exuberant joy. Again, in this context, the acoustics of the church of Bic are really highlighted, affirmed the artistic director James Darling during the announcement of the programming.

Pianist Mathieu Gaudet will close the festival in the company of several artists with pieces by Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Medter and Arensky.

In the meantime, various concerts will be presented at the church of Bic, at the chapel and at the church of Saint-Fabien, as well as at the Camp musical de Saint-Alexandre, in Kamouraska, at the Reford Gardens, at the chapel of the Sœurs du Saint-Rosaire and at the St. Laurent Distillery, notably with the iTromboni ensemble.

James Darling is the artistic director of the 22nd “Concerts aux Iles du Bic” festival.

James Darling explains that he is important, according to him, to move the music, to go to the people.

Not everyone is used to buying a ticket, to go sit in a room, but we want to create this energy. It doesn't have to be in a room, he says.

“Music touches us everywhere. »

— James Darling, artistic director

Year in and year out, the Concerts in the Iles du Bic attract several thousand spectators, half of whom come from outside of the region. This year, among other things thanks to its concerts outside the walls, the organization expects around 3000 people to enjoy the concerts offered by the festival.

With the collaboration of Xavier Lacroix