Diva Natalie Choquette and her daughters will be on the stage with the Belgian Band for the European Grand Concert


Quebec City, August 9, 2011 – Famous opera singer Natalie Choquette, with her daughters Éléonore and Ariane, will participate in the second half of the European Grand Concert presented on August 23, 2011, at the Palais Montcalm, starting at 7:30 PM. She will assist the Belgian Royal Air Force Band. Natalie Choquette and daughters trio will bring you back to the Andrews Sisters times, who had their glory days in the early 40's.

 The Diva's relation with the Belgian orchestra goes back to 1999 and 2004, years where she took part in the European tourney Night of the Proms, a classic and rock show where 300 000 spectators were conquered. Many Belgian military musicians assisting Ms. Choquette on the scene were thunderstruck by her talent. Time where the idea of forming a common concert with Natalie Choquette and the Belgian military band was born. The grand premiere took place in the Quebec City International Festival of Military Bands 2008's edition, knowing a great success.  

We are repeating the experience this year, under musical direction of Lieutenant Matty Cilissen and his troup, the Belgian Royal Air Force Band. An highly flavored program awaits the spectators, with masterpieces by Giuseppe Verdi, Philip Sparkes, Leonard Bernstein, Gioachino Rossini and many more.

This band is the second youngest Belgian military orchestra so they must do anything just to keep that unique trait. With highly diversified repertoires and dynamised by their youthfulness, the Belgian Royal Air Force Band makes the military and civilian worlds come together, adding to the fact that they are a strong reference into the Belgian's cultural and musical scenes.


First part of the show : The Central Band of the Royal Air Force from the United Kingdom.


That last band was among the ones performing for the recent marriage between William and Kate in Westminster.

Remembering his mother, killed in a car crash in 1997, Prince William, himself as a member of the Royal Air Force, asked for William Walton's Crown Imperial song to be played at the end of the ceremony, just as it was done for his mother's wedding in 1981. Adding to the marches, danses, movie soundtracks and a lot more, this masterpiece will also be played for Quebec City's evening. Under Wing Commander Duncan J.G. Stubbs' direction, the United Kingdom's band will be giving its first time ever concert in Quebec City.

 Tickets are available at the Palais Montcalm

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Source: Marie-Ève Jacob, coordonnatrice aux communications du FIMMQ
Interview : Jean-Sébastien Brousseau,  jsb@pointcomm.info

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