Alexandre Da Costa and Éléonore Lagacé: the meeting of two artists “with slightly icy sides”

Alexandre Da Costa and Éléonore Lagacé: the meeting of two artists “with slightly icy sides”
Alexandre Da Costa and Éléonore Lagacé: the meeting of two artists “with slightly icy sides”

They are from two different generations and evolve in distinct styles; yet Alexandre Da Costa and Éléonore Lagacé come together in their love for music “with a capital M” and their respective “frosty sides” which make them stand out from the crowd.


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“Alex, I find it completely flyé and embodied in what he does. He is so inhabited and inflamed on stage, like a rock star who directs music,” says Éléonore Lagacé.

“Éléonore is the daughter of my great friend, bassist Éric Lagacé. I’ve known her since she was ten years old. She has become a complete and complex artist. Everything that happens to her is not just luck, but preparation. She has a unique way of seeing things,” adds Alexandre Da Costa.

The maestro and solo violinist will launch the Stradivaria Festival this Sunday with his partner and the general director, Martine Cardinal. This 26e edition, which will run until August 7, will offer a host of shows, almost all free, in the Laurentians, Mauricie and Lanaudière regions.


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Classic, but bursting

If he invited the 27-year-old singer to the concerts on August 4 and 7, it is partly because Éléonore Lagacé grew up in the world of classical music (her mother is soprano Natalie Choquette and her sister is Florence K). But above all because she “understands the fact of being a star, of taking her space and putting her foot outside the square,” explains the 44-year-old conductor.

For the occasion, Éléonore will share the stage with singer Michaël Girard and around twenty musicians. Under the direction of Alexandre Da Costa (conducting with his famous Stradivarius), they will offer a “unique and explosive” home version of the 9e choral symphony the Beethoven.

Between the movements, the two artists will perform some of their favorite songs, including Bohemian Rhapsody for Eleanor, and a duet on the piece Requiem for a fool de Johnny Hallyday.

“We both like to do things our way, while respecting the rules of art. We have this in common: all the work behind the explosive proposal. For 20 years, I really followed the line of classical music and now, I think that life is too short not to open up to other possibilities,” concludes the rebellious maestro who confirms that he has several upcoming projects, notably abroad, as director of the Orchestre philharmonique du Québec.

As for Éléonore Lagacé, she is currently working on her first album, Burn me alive!, which is scheduled for release on September 13.

-The Stradivaria Festival runs from July 7 to August 7. Alex Nevsky, Yama Laurent and Matt Herskowitz will also be there. https://www.festivalstradivaria.ca/

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