Susanna Mälkki will conduct the first performance of the Lanaudiere Festival this July. The festival celebrates its 41st season with a theme of love and war, enchanting audiences with cornerstones that have founded music and art. On July 7 at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, Mälkki will lead cellist Alban Gerhardt and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in a captivating program of Berlioz’ Le carnaval romain, Symphonie fantastique, and Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, her first-ever concert with the Festival. This performance will be streamed LIVE via

Artistic director Gregory Charles on the Festival’s program:

“I wanted to leave my mark on the Festival by infusing it with emotional power – what elates us with joy and what provokes violence and disarray. A summer in which two forces – love and hate – confront each other on the field of battle. Which one will win? Both, and they will fascinate us. Come experience these emotional forces with us. (My Scena)