Professional Sound - April 2018 - Page 34

S GINETTE RENO & THE QUEBEC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT QUEBEC CITY’S VIDEOTRON CENTRE AN ICON ORCHESTRA & A SPECIAL GINETTE RENO PERFORMANCE IN QUEBEC CITY BY ANDREW KING 34 PROFESSIONAL SOUND imply put, Ginette Reno is a Canadian icon. As such, it’s not unusual for the platinum-selling sing- er, composer, author, and actress to perform in packed hockey arenas throughout her home province of Quebec. While those arenas are typically full of loyal fans intimate- ly familiar with the artist’s heralded catalog of nearly 30 studio albums and over 50 total releases in both English and French, in recent years, they’ve also seen her belting out the national anthem for the always-capacity Bell Cen- tre crowd during Montreal Canadiens playoff games as the team’s unofficial “lucky charm.” When Reno took the stage at Quebec City’s Videotron Centre in November 2017, though, it was for a very special one-off performance with a very special guest – or, rather, 57 very special guests: the Symphonic Orchestra of Quebec. What’s more, it was Pascalin Raynault – Reno’s son and an accomplished artist in his own right – conducting for the evening. While the Videotron Centre can host over 20,000 spectators when its bowl is configured for a concert, only 8,000 tickets were available for this intimate evening, dubbed Ginette Reno Symphonique. The audio package deployed for the performance was supplied by Montreal’s Omnison and the product of a collaboration between the artist’s longtime FOH engineer, Sylvain Gingras, and monitor engineer, Pierre Du Berger. Despite both being