Harmonium’s world, like you have never seen or heard it | An immersive experience presented for the first time at the Cogeco Amphitheatre
24 mai 2022

Harmonium’s world, like you have never seen or heard it | An immersive experience presented for the first time at the Cogeco Amphitheatre

Trois-Rivières, May 24th, 2022 - GSI Musique and the Corporation des Évènements de Trois-Rivières will present today the very first performance of the Harmonium symphonique concert series - Histoires sans paroles. Much more than an interpretation of the platinum-certified album of the same name, spectators will discover, from May 24 to June 4, Harmonium as they have never seen or heard it before.

Upon their arrival at the venue with the majestic river as a backdrop, spectators will be welcomed with the sounds of a Dixie band and crowd animation. Once comfortably seated, the audience will be immersed in a lyrical and poetic world inspired by the works of progressive rock band Harmonium and its leader Serge Fiori. Just imagine, Harmonium’s entire repertoire performed by 64 musicians from the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières and the Chœur des jeunes de Laval, under the direction of conductor Dina Gilbert. In two acts, we will pass from mundane everyday life in the heart of an anonymous city to the vibrant, colourful world of Harmonium. Kim Richardson will perform the moving vocal solo from L’exil, while Luce Dufault will lend her voice to the unforgettable song Histoires sans paroles with all the sensitivity she is known for.

Created and designed by Marcella Grimaux (Noisy Head Studio), under the artistic direction of Nicolas Lemieux (GSI Musique), the stage direction and set design will combine live tableaux imbued with poetry and lyricism, evocative high-tech projections and interventions designed by PixMob, which was behind the special effects for the most recent Superbowl half-time show. The back of the stage will be covered with an ultra-high definition video wall and a giant ceiling made in Dubai, which promise many surprises. Engineer Larry O’Mally, a symphonic concert specialist, will oversee the sound quality in the Cogeco Amphitheatre, a venue known for its incomparable acoustics.

An ode to music!

In order to introduce the next generation to Harmonium's exceptional musical heritage and to promote exchanges between generations, GSI Musique and the Corporation des Évènements de Trois-Rivières have invited students from music programs in the aera to attend tonight's performance. In total, more than 250 students and teachers from the Pionniers high school, the Académie les Estacades, the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières and the École de musique Jacques-Hétu will attend this large-scale performance.



Tickets start at $88.28 (plus taxes), and are available at www.amphitheatrecogeco.com, at the J.-Antonio Thompson box office and by calling 819 380-9797 or 1 866 416-9797 from Monday to Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm.



Released in December 2020, the instrumental album Histoires sans paroles – Harmonium symphonique was exceptionally well received by both the public and critics alike, as evidenced by the 100,000 copies and more sold to date and the Félix it won for reinterpreted album of the year. The LP was co-produced by Serge Fiori and Simon Leclerc, who wrote the arrangements, under the artistic director of Nicolas Lemieux. The instrumental double album is available exclusively at www.harmoniumsymphonique.com, in digital, CD or vinyl (180g) formats.



Nicolas Lemieux (GSI Musique) | Project Instigator, Producer and Artistic Director
Marcella Grimaux (Noisy Head Studio) | Visual Design, Set Design and Show Director
Isabelle Painchaud (Noisy Head Studio) | Co-Stage Director
Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières | Orchestra
Dina Gilbert | Conductor
Luce Dufault | Singer
Kim Richardson | Singer
Chœur des jeunes de Laval | Choir
Sylvain Quesnel | Guitarist
Sylvain Tessier | Technical Director
Larry O’Malley | Head of Sound (Audiobec)
Matthieu Poirier | Lighting Design
Marie-Cocotte Chaillier | Costume Design
Loïc Langlois | Accessory Design
Serge Grimaux | Artistic Direction Consultant and
Serge Fiori | Author, Composer, Artistic Direction Consultant, Harmonium Founding Member and Lead Singer



Founded in 1983, GSI Musique is Quebec’s oldest record company. Having released close to 300 records and musical DVDs as well as television specials, it manages concert tours, artistic careers and publishes a vast catalogue, which includes an impressive number of local classics. In 2010, the company was acquired by Nicolas Lemieux. While pursuing its mission to invest in the creation and promotion of original, innovative and quality French-language music, GSI Musique has undertaken to significantly intensify its digital focus, to innovate its approach to marketing and to develop event-based shows and multi-platform projects. Find more information at gsimusique.com.



Located at the confluence of the Saint-Maurice and St. Lawrence rivers, the amphitheatre is an exceptional performance venue that opened in the summer of 2015. With 3,500 covered seats and a capacity for an additional 5,500 people on its grassy esplanade, this unique cultural facility hosts a varied program of international artists each year, in addition to being the summer home of Cirque du Soleil, which presents exclusive shows highlighting the universe of Quebec artists. All program details are available at amphitheatrecogeco.com.


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