August 1 2018 Edition

Pelléas et Mélisande commemorates composer Claude Debussy

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec presented the concert version of Claude Debussy’s operatic masterpiece Pelléas et Mélisande to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death. Under the direction of Jean-Philippe Tremblay, the youthful Orchestre de la Francophonie performed at the Palais Montcalm along with many of the brightest operatic voices in France and Quebec.

The Brigade Lyrique livens up city parks during the FOQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Almost every day (weather permitting) during the Festival d’Opéra de Québec (FOQ), a quartet of singers and a pianist have been driving around Quebec City giving free 30-40 minute performances to appreciative audiences.

Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène is a hit with FOQ audience

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec (FOQ) teamed up again this year with Jeunesses Musicales Canada to present Jacques Offenbach’s comic operetta La Belle Hélène at the Théâtre La Bordée. French and English surtitles helped the audience keep track of the complicated plot.

David Jacques handles antique baroque guitars with loving care

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Guitarist David Jacques was the solo performer at Chalmers-Wesley United Church on July 25 as part of the Musical Wednesdays concert series. He brought two unique baroque guitars with him, one of which was made in France in 1665 by the famous Voboam family of luthiers.

OBITUARY: Elsie Alexis PREVOST (née Thomson) 1920-2018

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Mrs. Elsie Alexis Prevost (née Thomson), wife of the late John Reginald Prevost, died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at the Jeffery Hale Hospital on July 11, 2018, at the age of 98.

Emily Brontë remembered on her 200th birthday

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Photo: Portrait by Patrick Branwell Brontë from Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

It’s difficult to imagine the rugged beauty of the Yorkshire moors without thinking of Heathcliff and his beloved Cathy in Emily Brontë’s only novel, Wuthering Heights.

Community Calendar

July 24 to Aug. 6 – Festival d’Opéra de Québec: For information and tickets, visit festivaloperaquebec.com.

July 31 to Aug. 12 – Plein Art, le Salon des métiers d’art de Québec at Espace 400e in the Vieux-Port area of Quebec City. Over 100 professional artisans display their wares.

Hidden English History in Portneuf, Part 3: A tale of two churches

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Photo: courtesy of Glen Marcotte, via Lay Readers' Association of Montreal
The Portneuf region is rich in stories, and Glen Marcotte has heard many of them. 

“Edward Rutherfurd could write a wonderful novel about Portneuf,” says Marcotte, referring to the author of several bestselling historical fiction sagas. 
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