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Hudson Music Festival returns with a series of celebratory concerts



Blair Mackay, artistic director and co-founder of the Hudson Music Festival (HMF), has announced that the Festival once again will offer live music this summer at four very special events which will take place between July 30 and August 2.

“As we gradually emerge from our pandemic lockdown, we are absolutely thrilled to be able to bring the HMF back and provide a series of celebratory concerts,” Mackay said. “While certain COVID-19 regulations will still be in effect to ensure the safety and security of our audiences, it will still feel wonderful to be out with friends once again enjoying live music. This is the 15th anniversary of the HMF, and we’ve brought together a group of artists to acknowledge our past and look ahead to brighter days.”

Friday, July 30, 8 p.m. at the Alibi Barn (420 Main Road): An intimate night of music inside the famous heritage barn in the centre of the village by celebrated international singer Karen Young and pianist Marianne Trudel paying homage to the music of Joni Mitchell.

“Both sides now: a stunning moment, delivered with great emotion, that we would have liked to have last forever” – Normand Provencher; Le Soleil

Then on Saturday, July 31, 8 p.m. at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre at 394 Main Road, Quebec pop legend Michel Pagliaro performs in an intimate acoustic setting with guest guitarist Corey Diablo. On Acoustic nights, ‘Pag’ revisits his musical adventure in an intimate and joyous atmosphere. His love for live performances keeps him on the stage where he shares his songs with pleasure, matching his spirit. Pag continues to touch the lives of all generations of fans!

“Music must be lived, played, felt,” says Pagliaro.It’s not just a packet of notes, but rather a series of sounds and rhythms that give life to ideas.”

Sunday, August 1, 8 p.m. at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre back by popular demand, an Evening of James Taylor Music. An avid fan himself, accomplished Montreal musician Denis Ducharme (vocals, keyboards) has assembled a group of musicians to bring the music of James Taylor to the Hudson Music Festival. Featuring John Landon (acoustic guitar), Roger Mann (electric guitar), JP Levesque (drums and percussion), and Peter Wilson (bass), this performance of James Taylor classics and other selected gems is sure to please. From Fire and Rain to Carolina in my Mind, to You’ve Got a Friend, join us for an evening in celebration of this legendary singer-songwriter’s music.

Monday, August 2, 7pm, St-Thomas Aquinas Church, located at 413 Main Road, enjoy Musica Ouest. Within the grand setting of the church in the heart of the village, in this live classical concert, Ludwig Semerjian will be sitting at the concert grand piano on the altar with a trio of string players surrounded by the natural light and acoustics of this magnificent church. Under the musical direction of Peter Purich, one of the founding musicians of the Metropolitain Orchestra of Montreal, Musica Ouest quartet will present music by Bach, Mozart, Purich and more. Featured musicians are Ludwig Semerjian, piano; Peter Purich, violin; Leo Purich, viola; and Donald Pistolesi, cello.

THE HMF bar will be open for the concerts.

COVID-19 regulations in effect include: limited seating at all venues, facemasks, social distancing and hygiene measures.

Because of the limited seating requirement, all tickets must be purchased in advance on line.

Online Box Office is at www.eventbrite.ca

For ticket information, please contact Lynda Clouette-Mackay and Blair Mackay at (450) 807-1179

No local box office due to Covid restrictions.

www.hudsonmusicfestival.ca

About the Hudson Music Festival

The Hudson Music Festival (HMF) was established in 2007 to highlight and support the vibrant cultural environment in the village of Hudson, Quebec. The mission of the HMF is to provide performance opportunities for talented professional and amateur musicians from the region, and to bring exciting national and international artists to the Hudson community.

The music produced and presented by HMF is not restricted to one specific genre, and is explicitly selected to encourage innovation, surprising collaborations, and the performance of new work. This focus allows artists to take risks with their work and exposes festivalgoers to music and artistic approaches they might not have the opportunity to experience anywhere else.

The HMF is committed to expanding its musical programming in the coming years and taking its place among major music festivals in Eastern Canada.

For further information, please call Lynda Clouette-Mackay or Blair Mackay at (450) 807-1179.

You may also follow us on Facebook, and visit us on the web at www.hudsonmusicfestival.ca.