Indulge Yourself in Military Music
August 22, 2011- Québec City will vibrate to the Québec City International Festival of Military Bands from August 23 to 28. The Festival’s 13th edition, in all its diversity, promises to please the young and old, music lovers of all kinds, and the simply curious. Under the theme “Dare to Change the Beat” you are invited to indulge yourself in military music. The rich repertoire consists of film music, French and Quebec songs, jazz standards and great classics-- and, of course, marches, counter marches as well as traditional pieces for the whole family. The event is unique in Canada and welcomes six countries, 16 bands and close to 800 musicians who will offer 40 concerts, including the popular Red Army Choir and the Russian Troupe Alexandrov—and for the first time, the renown “Top Secret Drum Corps” from Switzerland.
“Anyone can be charmed by military music. Children, who are always numerous at the Festival with their parents, show an emotion and demonstrate that military music’s horizon is vast and accessible. I invite people to experience military music and the festival, dare to change the beat” said Mr. Yvan Lachance, General Director of the Québec City International Festival of Military Bands.
Foreign Music Ensembles
The Russian Red Army Choir and the Alexandrov Troupe
Consisting of 125 artists, it is the most famous military ensemble in the world. In breathtaking precision and through the power and depth of its Slavic voices the choir will give life to a vast repertoire of the best known Russian folk tunes and opera arias.
The Swiss Top Secret Drum Corps
Certainly one of the most spectacular performances of the 2011 Festival, this band brings together the best of the best drummers of Switzerland—masters and passionate about their art. This is the first time in Québec City for one of the world’s best percussion bands.
The Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force
They offer a wide repertoire of classical and contemporary works, plus numerous adaptations of film music. This orchestra is a reference on the Belgian cultural and music scene and certainly brings the military and civilian world closer together.
The New York City Police Department Band
They are already on their fifth visit to Québec City and each time they are among the favourites for festival goers. Daring, lively and music for all tastes!
Central Band of the Royal Air Force, UK
A powerful symbol of the legacy of the British Royal Air Force; they will treat us, for their first visit to the Festival, to a repertoire of music ranging from traditional British symphonic music to jazz. They recently participated in the wedding of William and Kate at Westminster Abbey.
The Grand Concert of the Russian Red Army Choir and the Alexandrov Troupe
August 22, 23 and 24, Grand Théâtre de Québec, 7:30 pm
ONLY A FEW TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE / Between $62 and $92 (taxes and ticketing fees not included)
418 643-8131 or 1 877 643-8131 or www.billetech.com
The Grand European Concert, August 23, at the Palais Montcalm, 7:30 pm
With the Central Band of the Royal Air Force from the United Kingdom , the Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force, and featuring Natalie Choquette and her daughters.
A one of a kind evening when Natalie Choquette and her daughters Éléonore and Ariane bring alive the Andrew Sisters through a rendition of their music—don’t miss it!
34 $ - 52 $ $ (taxes and ticketing fees not included)
418 641-6040 or 1 877 641-6040 or www.billetech.com
Québec City Military Tattoo, August 25, 26 and 27, at the Pepsi Coliseum, 7:00 pm
Back for a seventh year, the Québec City Military Tattoo is a much anticipated event and popular well beyond Québec City. It once again offers a grand finale where 800 musicians, dancers and singers unite on stage in a magical musical moment.
$34, $54 - $61, $14 (taxes and ticketing fees not included)
418 691-7211 or 1 800 900-7469 or www.billetech.com
The ticket includes same day free access to Expo Québec.
OUTSIDE FREE CONCERTS
Opening ceremony, August 24, 5:30 PM, Place George V
Nearly 800 musicians kick-off the 13th Québec City International Festival of Military Bands. A dazzling ceremony!
Bands follow one another on stage to offer concerts under the stars to the tune of accessibility, enthusiasm and fun. The “Welcome Home” concert will close the Festival, Sunday, August 28. This tribute to our soldiers returning from Afghanistan will be presented at 7:30 pm with the Royal 22nd Regiment Band and the participation of bagpipe musicians involved in the festival. This will be followed by an explosive closing ceremony! From 8:30 pm the musicians and other participants will give a final salute to Québec City in music. Two pyro musicals, “Sands of Kuwait” and “Ce n’est qu’un au-revoir”, will close the event.
Popular concerts, from August 24 to 28
Short outdoor concerts offer people a taste of the culture of participating countries, all in the most beautiful surroundings of Old Quebec (Saint-Jean Street, Dufferin Terrace and Place Royale).
FAMILY DAYS, GIANTS AND PARADES
The weekend of August 27 and 28 is devoted to family activities at Place George V. From 10 am, The Région de l’Est Cadet band first invites ages from 5 to 11 years old and then their parents to participate in Festival mini-parades. They will have the opportunity of being initiated to certain musical instruments as well as receiving training in the art of parading. The very popular Festival Parade, a procession of 16 bands and nearly 800 musicians comes to life Saturday, August 27, at 2 pm on the Grande Allée.
The parade this year offers a “Giant” of Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire. With these military “Giants” the Festival honours the former military members of the Québec City region for the exemplary courage and heroic attitude they have shown during conflicts. “Giants” Captain Gilles Lamontagne and Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Forbes, honoured last year, come alive through the some 800 musicians and participants.
The Festival is presented by the Capital Financial Group, in collaboration with the Land Force Quebec Area. The Festival also wished to thank its valued partners: the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, Québec City and its Tourist Board, ExpoCité and Hydro-Quebec.
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Interview :Jean-Sébastien Brousseau