Les Violons du Roy to perform Feb. 13

By Leah Riley, a senior from Harrodsburg, Ky.

WILMORE, KY—Asbury College welcomes Les Violons du Roy (The King’s Violins) to perform at the Artist Series Feb. 13 in Hughes Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

The chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy borrows its name from the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French kings. The group, which has a core membership of fifteen players, was brought together in 1984 by music director Bernard Labadie and specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era. The orchestra has been widely acclaimed for the exceptional energy, brilliance and vitality of its performances.

Since 1988, Les Violons du Roy has made over a hundred concert appearances in Germany, England, Austria, Belgium, Ecuador, Spain, France, Morocco, Mexico, Norway and the Netherlands. The fifteen recordings made by Les Violons du Roy have been acclaimed by critics and earned various distinctions and awards at the national and international levels. Since 2004, the association with the Québec label ATMA has led to three CDs; which include the critically-acclaimed Water Music, recorded in the Raoul Jobin hall in the new Palais Montcalm; and Piazzolla, conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni, which won a Juno Award in 200 for classical album of the year – solo or chamber ensemble. The group’s first collaboration with the multinational VIRGIN CLASSICS label led to the release in fall 2006 of a CD of cantata arias by Handel and Hasse with U.S. mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux.

After five years without a permanent home, Les Violons du Roy returned on March 23, 2007 to its Québec City base, the Palais Montcalm.

The Feb. 13 concert will celebrate the 350th anniversary of Purcell’s birth, and the 200th and 250th anniversaries of Haydn’s and Handel’s respective deaths. We will hear selections from Suite from Abdelazar, Purcell; Water Music, Handel; Chacony from King Arthur, Purcell; and Haydn’s Horn Concerto No.1 in D Major.

Released: Jan. 30, 2009

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