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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