Barachois Summer Music is one of the pillars of south-eastern New Brunswick’s artistic environment. Founded 35 years ago, year after year, the event presents classical music concerts of the highest level in the enchanting setting of the Barachois Historic Church, a heritage site erected in 1824. To date, more than 250 concerts have taken place within the walls of this Acadian cultural treasure, in the Viola-Léger hall, allowing the public to discover and appreciate brilliant musicians from here and abroad in a warm atmosphere and incomparable acoustics.
Over the years, thanks to the series, the Barachois Historic Church has been privileged to host musicians of an international calibre such as the Alcan Quartet, the Arthur-LeBlanc Quartet, Stéphane Beaulac, Luc Beauséjour, Daniel Bolshoy, Leslie-Ann Bradley, Dominique Côté, Lorraine Desmarais, Chantal Dionne, Denise Djokic, Marc Djokic, Jonathan Estabrooks, the Hochelaga Trio, David Jalbert, the John Roney Trio, Miriam Khalil, Marianne Lambert, Renée Lapointe, Vincent Lauzer, Suzie LeBlanc, Suzanne Lemieux, Marie-Josée Lord, Roger Lord, Nathalie Paulin, Richard Raymond, the Wanderer Trio, Jasper Wood and Brian Yoon.
Eager to promote emerging talents, the series has also served as a stepping stone for a number of young Acadian and New Brunswick artists, allowing them to experience some of their first performances on a professional stage. Notable names among this group include Christianne Bélanger, Jaeyoung Chong, Terri Croft, Alain and Patrick Gaudet, Carl Philippe Gionet, Julien LeBlanc, Carol Léger, Dion Mazerolle, Lance Ouellette and the Phi brothers.
Barachois Summer Music is now one of Atlantic Canada’s most important musical events. Its concerts have often been recorded and broadcast on Radio-Canada and Espace musique. In 2014, the series received the Event of the Year Éloize in recognition of its 31st and 32nd seasons, Twilight Dreams and A Fresh, Blazing Summer. Emboldened by this success, the event hopes to keep growing and evolving, always striving to nourish the region’s cultural life.