Published on March 20, 2018

35th season and Jonathan Cohen’s first season program as Music Director of Les Violons du Roy

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Quebec City, March 20, 2018 – New music director Jonathan Cohen, executive director Hugo Sanschagrin, and head of artistic administration Laurent Patenaude are delighted to present the 2018–2019 Montreal season of Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec. Put together in conjunction with Bernard Labadie, Anthony Marwood, Mathieu Lussier, the members of the orchestra, and leading guest artists, the program combines masterworks by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Vivaldi with new discoveries that will take audiences on unique and exciting musical adventures.

Maison Symphonique Series

After a noteworthy performance last year, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo will join conductor Jonathan Cohen for a repeat engagement as they pursue their exploration of the fascinating contrasts between G.F. Handel’s Baroque music and the minimalist compositions of Philip Glass. For its part, La Chapelle de Québec will be on stage for three special concerts with internationally acclaimed soloists. The choir’s season will open with performances of the superb “Coronation” and “Nelson” masses by Mozart and Haydn under the direction of founding conductor Bernard Labadie. For the first time in 17 years, Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec will also revisit Johann Sebastian Bach’s incomparable Mass in B Minor in a program they will subsequently take on tour to New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall. Finally, conductor Jonathan Cohen will display his irresistible signature enthusiasm as he leads La Chapelle de Québec for the first time in the concert Jonathan Cohen et La Création de Haydn.

Soirées Arte Musica Series

As part of the Soirées Arte Musica Series, Les Violons du Roy will present the concertos and sinfonias of the great Antonio Vivaldi. Audiences will enjoy a rare opportunity to hear the musicians showcase their prodigious artistry and dedication in performances of il Prete Rosso’s beloved works without a conductor. Then, Les Violons du Roy will welcome its first-ever mandolin soloist—Avi Avital—whose astonishing virtuosity and rapport with audiences have established him as a star on the classical music scene.

Jouez hautbois, résonnez musette!, under the direction of Mathieu Lussier, will showcase a refined Baroque program, including the celebrated Christmas carols of M.-A. Charpentier and M.-R. de Lalande, as well as one of the most fascinating string instruments of all: the hurdy-gurdy. The series will also give audiences a chance to hear the outstanding cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, an oft-time musical partner of conductor Jonathan Cohen, in the concert L’Étincelant violoncelliste Nicolas Altstaedt. They will be reunited to bring us two of the most beautiful concertos ever written for cello.

In another series highlight, baritone Jean-François Lapointe and harpist Valérie Milot will team up with Les Violons du Roy for an evening of French music including works by Saint-Saëns, Massenet and Debussy under the direction of conductor Mathieu Lussier. The concert Clair de lune will be presented as part of the Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Montréal.

Reputed for his virtuosity and stage presence, conductor and violinist Anthony Marwood will join pianist Aleksandar Madžar for a duo to remember. In Marwood, Madžar et Mendelssohn, they will work their magic with Les Violons du Roy in the Mendelssohn double concerto and the exuberant Young Apollo by Britten.

Spring 2019 promises an abundance of energy and exuberance with conductor and violinist Julien Chauvin, who will take the podium with Les Violons du Roy for the first time in a program of French and German masterworks. Actor Normand Chouinard joins in for the second half in the role of Don Quixote, whose madcap adventures were so gloriously interpreted by Telemann. The concert Don Quichotte à Paris will be presented in collaboration with Centre de musique baroque de Versailles.

And to wrap up the season on a high note, Les Violons du Roy, led by Jonathan Cohen, will celebrate the jaw-dropping brilliance displayed by some of the great composers early in their lives in a program featuring gems of the string orchestra repertoire.

A new CD for Les Violons du Roy

Les Violons du Roy is pleased to present its latest album, which will be released on Universal Music’s Decca Gold label in September 2018. This recording will take listeners on an eclectic journey into the contrasting musical worlds of G.F. Handel and Philip Glass. It’s the first solo album by countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and Les Violons du Roy’s first recording under the direction of Jonathan Cohen. An album that promises to inspire!

Les Violons du Roy’s 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 2018–2019 Montreal season of Les Violons du Roy, the renowned ensemble that brings people together through music and the beauty it brings,” said Marie-Josée Guérette, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs at La Capitale Financial Group. “This homegrown cultural institution has been a vital contributor to our performing arts community for over 30 years. Given the essential role played by art and culture in society, we are delighted to offer them our support,” she added.

About La Capitale Insurance and Financial Group

Founded in 1940, La Capitale Insurance and Financial Group has a strong presence across Quebec and throughout Canada. With over 2,680 employees, La Capitale builds on mutualist values to help clients grow. protect, and manage the assets that are vital to their financial security. It provides insurance products and financial services to the general public as well as Québec’s public service employees. With $6.4 billion in assets, La Capitale occupies a choice position among leading insurers in Canada.

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