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Announcing the new 2017–2018 season in Montreal

Published on February 23, 2017

Quebec City, February 23, 2017 Hugo Sanschagrin, Executive Director, Laurent Patenaude, Head of Artistic Administration, and Jonathan Cohen, Music Director of Violons du Roy unveiled the program for the 2017‒2018 season in Montreal for both Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec. This season’s program, put together by Bernard Labadie, Anthony Marwood, Mathieu Lussier, the members of the orchestra, and leading guest artists, combines classic works by Rossini, Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart, with new discoveries and unique musical adventures.

Maison Symphonique Series

Contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, who has taken part in some of Les Violons du Roy’s most stunning concerts, kicks off the Maison Symphonique Series with conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi, who she knows well but joins for the first time on stage in Quebec.  The Maison Symphonique de Montréal will also see the chamber orchestra’s first concert with young trumpet prodigy Lucienne Renaudin Vary, winner of the ‘Revelation’ award at the Victoires de la musique classiques competition in 2016.

The joint concerts by La Chapelle de Québec and Les Violons du Roy will be rhapsodies of beauty and passion. Audiences are sure to enjoy their musical synergy as conductor Bernard Labadie celebrates the holiday season with a selection of Bach cantatas accompanied by three soloists,  mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy, tenor Thomas Hobbs, and baritone Detlef Roth, who will sing together with the orchestra for the first time. Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy, and La Chapelle de Québec will join soprano Lydia Teuscher, tenor James Gilchrist, and baritone Tyler Duncan in presenting two spectacular choral works,  Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day and Haydn’s Mass in B Flat Major.

Soirées Arte Musica Series

To launch the Soirées Arte Musica Series, Les Violons du Roy and the young orchestra conductor, Andrei Feher, will present a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Expo 67. Together with Quatuor Arthur-LeBlanc, the orchestra will kick off an audacious program including a creation by Quebec composer Yannick Plamondon.,

The chamber orchestra’s new music director, Jonathan Cohen, loves giving a new take on major works in the Baroque repertoire.  With Les Violons du Roy and Quebec soloists like the brilliant recorder player Vincent Lauzer, he will present a program of works by Bach and Telemann. A more intimate interpretation of the Bach cantatas will enchant the public and mark the long-awaited return of soprano Joélle Harvey, who will share the stage with tenor Andrew Tortise and baritone Neal Davies.  Jonathan Cohen introduces his oft-time musical partner, star pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, with Mozart’s Concertos No. 14 and No. 18.

Les Violons du Roy will also continue its collaboration with a number of friends and colleagues. First up will be the fascinating conductor and violinist Anthony Marwood, who will direct the musicians with his usual energy and passion in two programs, including one on the music of Astor Piazzolla, where they will be joined by virtuoso accordion player James Crabb. Conductor Mathieu Lussier will also be on stage to direct the orchestra and interpret Telemann’s magnificent Concerto for Flute and Bassoon under the direction of Jonathan Cohen. Well-known conductor Leonardo García Alarcón, winner of an Opus award in 2017 with Les Violons du Roy, will also make a return performance with the orchestra.  Lastly, Bernard Labadie and violinists Nicole Trotier, Véronique Vychytil, and Pascale Giguère as well as oboist Marjorie Tremblay will revisit the world of Bach and Handel with a selection of concertante works.

The Violons du Roy Season at Maison symphonique de Montréal is presented by
La Capitale Insurance and Financial Group
“La Capitale Insurance and Financial Group is proud to present the 2017-18 Montreal Season of Les Violons du Roy" said Marie-Josée Guérette, La Capitale's Executive Vice-President of Corporate Affairs. "This reknowned musical ensemble brings people together through music and the array of emotions it awakens. It is also a cultural institution that has contributed to the richness of our artistic community for more than 30 years. We are convinced that arts and culture play a significant role in society and are therefore very pleased to offer them our support," she added

About La Capitale Insurance and Financial Group
La Capitale Insurance and Financial Group, created in 1940, has a strong presence across Quebec and throughout Canada. With over 2,690 employees and guided by the values of mutualism on which it was founded, La Capitale works with clients to build, protect and value what they feel counts for their financial security. It offers insurance products and financial services to the general public as well as to Quebec public service employees. With assets of $5.8 billion, La Capitale occupies a choice position among leading insurers in Canada.


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Media relations: Katherine Fournier | 514 588.5711| kfournier.presse@hotmail.com
                

 

Quebec City, February 23, 2017 Hugo Sanschagrin, Executive Director, Laurent Patenaude, Head of Artistic Administration, and Jonathan Cohen, Music Director of Violons du Roy unveiled the program for the 2017‒2018 season in Montreal for both Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec. This season’s program, put together by Bernard Labadie, Anthony Marwood, Mathieu Lussier, the members of the orchestra, and leading guest artists, combines classic works by Rossini, Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart, with new discoveries and unique musical adventures.

Maison Symphonique Series

Contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, who has taken part in some of Les Violons du Roy’s most stunning concerts, kicks off the Maison Symphonique Series with conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi, who she knows well but joins for the first time on stage in Quebec.  The Maison Symphonique de Montréal will also see the chamber orchestra’s first concert with young trumpet prodigy Lucienne Renaudin Vary, winner of the ‘Revelation’ award at the Victoires de la musique classiques competition in 2016.

The joint concerts by La Chapelle de Québec and Les Violons du Roy will be rhapsodies of beauty and passion. Audiences are sure to enjoy their musical synergy as conductor Bernard Labadie celebrates the holiday season with a selection of Bach cantatas accompanied by three soloists,  mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy, tenor Thomas Hobbs, and baritone Detlef Roth, who will sing together with the orchestra for the first time. Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy, and La Chapelle de Québec will join soprano Lydia Teuscher, tenor James Gilchrist, and baritone Tyler Duncan in presenting two spectacular choral works,  Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day and Haydn’s Mass in B Flat Major.

Soirées Arte Musica Series

To launch the Soirées Arte Musica Series, Les Violons du Roy and the young orchestra conductor, Andrei Feher, will present a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Expo 67. Together with Quatuor Arthur-LeBlanc, the orchestra will kick off an audacious program including a creation by Quebec composer Yannick Plamondon.,

The chamber orchestra’s new music director, Jonathan Cohen, loves giving a new take on major works in the Baroque repertoire.  With Les Violons du Roy and Quebec soloists like the brilliant recorder player Vincent Lauzer, he will present a program of works by Bach and Telemann. A more intimate interpretation of the Bach cantatas will enchant the public and mark the long-awaited return of soprano Joélle Harvey, who will share the stage with tenor Andrew Tortise and baritone Neal Davies.  Jonathan Cohen introduces his oft-time musical partner, star pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, with Mozart’s Concertos No. 14 and No. 18.

Les Violons du Roy will also continue its collaboration with a number of friends and colleagues. First up will be the fascinating conductor and violinist Anthony Marwood, who will direct the musicians with his usual energy and passion in two programs, including one on the music of Astor Piazzolla, where they will be joined by virtuoso accordion player James Crabb. Conductor Mathieu Lussier will also be on stage to direct the orchestra and interpret Telemann’s magnificent Concerto for Flute and Bassoon under the direction of Jonathan Cohen. Well-known conductor Leonardo García Alarcón, winner of an Opus award in 2017 with Les Violons du Roy, will also make a return performance with the orchestra.  Lastly, Bernard Labadie and violinists Nicole Trotier, Véronique Vychytil, and Pascale Giguère as well as oboist Marjorie Tremblay will revisit the world of Bach and Handel with a selection of concertante works.

The Violons du Roy Season at Maison symphonique de Montréal is presented by
La Capitale Insurance and Financial Group
“La Capitale Insurance and Financial Group is proud to present the 2017-18 Montreal Season of Les Violons du Roy" said Marie-Josée Guérette, La Capitale's Executive Vice-President of Corporate Affairs. "This reknowned musical ensemble brings people together through music and the array of emotions it awakens. It is also a cultural institution that has contributed to the richness of our artistic community for more than 30 years. We are convinced that arts and culture play a significant role in society and are therefore very pleased to offer them our support," she added

About La Capitale Insurance and Financial Group
La Capitale Insurance and Financial Group, created in 1940, has a strong presence across Quebec and throughout Canada. With over 2,690 employees and guided by the values of mutualism on which it was founded, La Capitale works with clients to build, protect and value what they feel counts for their financial security. It offers insurance products and financial services to the general public as well as to Quebec public service employees. With assets of $5.8 billion, La Capitale occupies a choice position among leading insurers in Canada.


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Media relations: Katherine Fournier | 514 588.5711| kfournier.presse@hotmail.com
                

 

 

Auditions in Toronto for La Chapelle de Québec

Published on January 19, 2017

Conductor Jonathan Cohen named music director of Les Violons du Roy

Published on October 6, 2016

Quebec City, October 6, 2016 – The management and musicians of Les Violons du Roy orchestra today announced the appointment of renowned British conductor Jonathan Cohen to the position of music director. Known as a brilliant conductor as well as a harpsichordist and cellist, Jonathan Cohen will assume his new role in the 2018–2019 season and continue until 2021.

In the interim, he will be very active with the orchestra and will begin serving as designated music director in February 2017, with a concert performed by Les Violons du Roy at Palais Montcalm – Maison de la musique in Quebec City.

 

Hugo Sanschagrin appointed Executive Director of Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec

Published on September 12, 2016

Quebec City, September 12, 2016 – The chairman of the board of Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, Jean Houde, is proud to announce the appointment of Hugo Sanschagrin as executive director of Les Violons du Roy.

Hugo Sanschagrin, who enjoys an enviable reputation in Quebec music and cultural circles, graduated in music from the Conservatoire de Montréal and McGill University and also holds a management diploma from HEC Montréal. He had previously held the position of Senior Manager – Funding, Marketing and Communications with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec since 2011.

Departure of Astrid Chouinard, executive director of Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec

Published on August 18, 2016

Quebec City, August 18, 2016 – It is with great regret that Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec informs you that Astrid Chouinard, Executive Director, will leave the organization in late August 2016 to take up new challenges as head of Orchestre symphonique de Québec. Ms. Chouinard served as executive director of Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec for six years and has worked for the institution for nearly fourteen. Ms. Chouinard will officially take up her position as president and CEO of OSQ on August 22. Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec will miss her greatly, but she has assured it her full support in ensuring a smooth transition.

Montreal Auditions for La Chapelle de Québec

Published on August 15, 2016

Les Violons du Roy, La Chapelle de Québec, and Bernard Labadie announce Montreal Auditions for La Chapelle de Québec

Quebec City Auditions for La Chapelle de Québec

Published on August 15, 2016

Les Violons du Roy, La Chapelle de Québec, and Bernard Labadie announce Quebec City Auditions for La Chapelle de Québec

BERNARD LABADIE RETURNS TO THE STAGE

Published on November 27, 2015

Bernard Labadie returns to the stage with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec

Our heartiest congratulations to Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy’s founding conductor, on his return to the stage after a long convalescence.

He conducts Handel’s Messiah December 3 to 6 with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, then five more times with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra December 10 to 20. The New Year finds him conducting Mozart with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra—the “Jupiter” Symphony on January 16 and 17 and the Requiem January 21, 22, and 23.

His reunion with Quebec City and Montreal audiences comes next with four blockbuster events, two of them including La Chapelle de Québec.

INTERVIEW WITH ANTHONY MARWOOD, PRINCIPAL ARTISTIC PARTNER OF LES VIOLONS DU ROY

Published on October 21, 2015

You’ve been a regular collaborator with Les Violons du Roy since 2011. Could you tell us a bit about what it means to you being appointed Principal Artistic Partner?

It's a beautiful acknowledgement of a happy relationship that goes back several seasons. I like to travel the world playing concerts, but the most satisfying and creative projects are those which have a sense of relationship built in. Les Violons and I could have carried on without any "title" being attached, but naming it in this way is quite powerful for us. I am naturally very proud of my association with them!

Release of the Montreal 2015-2016 Season

Published on March 3, 2015

Fabulous encounters, powerful emotions and flights of passion 

Montreal, March 3, 2015 – Executive director Astrid Chouinard and head of artistic administration Laurent Patenaude unveiled the 2015−2016 Montreal program of Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec today. The season will see the eagerly awaited return of Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy founding conductor and La Chapelle de Québec music director, who will treat audiences to three memorable concerts filled with intensity and emotion. Associate conductor Mathieu Lussier also promises indelible musical experiences all season long as he leads the ensemble in performances in Montreal, Quebec City, and across the province. Other renowned conductors and soloists will also share the stage with the orchestra, including Anthony Marwood, Christophe Coin, Leonardo García Alarcón, Jonathan Cohen, Robert Levin, Stéphanie-Marie Degand, Isabelle Faust, and Jean-Guihen Queyras, as well as Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Karina Gauvin, and John Mark Ainsley. Maison symphonique will host four high-profile get-togethers while seven unforgettable events are reserved for Bourgie Hall in the Soirées Arte Musica series, presented by Fondation Arte Musica.