Bernard Labadie returns to Quebec City with Mozart's Requiem after illness
'It's an immense gift, this moment that I have imagined in my mind for a long time,' ensemble's founder says
Tonight will be an emotional one for Bernard Labadie, the founder of the Quebec City based Violons du Roy.
He returns to the stage in his hometown, a year and a half after being diagnosed with an aggressive blood cancer.
The Violons du Roy as well as the Choeur la Chapelle de Quebec will perform Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Requiem.
Labadie said it was a great joy to work again with his team.
"It's an immense gift, this moment that I have imagined in my mind for a long time," he said.
In fact, Labadie said he often imagined working again with his musicians while fighting his illness.
"The idea gave me hope, to not give up," he said.
Labadie's treatment involved a stem cell transplant from a family member and he was put into an induced coma at one point.
He led the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in three performances of Mozart's Requiem in January.
Tonight and Thursday night's homecoming performances at Palais Montcalm are both sold out.