Bernard Labadie, cérémonie des Lumières

Published on October 11, 2018


Quebec City, October 11, 2018 - For his first appearance of this 2018–2019 season, Bernard Labadie—Founding Conductor of Les Violons du Roy and Music Director of La Chapelle de Québec—will compound the brilliance of the two ensembles for what will undoubtedly be a night to remember Tuesday, October 30, and Wednesday, October 31, at 8 p.m. at Palais Montcalm - Maison de la musique in Quebec City and Saturday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Maison symphonique de Montréal.

The program opens with Mozart’s sublime Ave verum corpus, after which a distinguished quartet of soloists— soprano Kimy Mc Laren, mezzo Mireille Lebel, tenor Lawrence Wiliford, and bass-baritone Neal Davies—takes the stage for Mozart’s great “Coronation Mass” (“Krönungsmesse”), the most acclaimed of Mozart’s mass settings.

Missa in Angustiis is Haydn’s most popular mass setting. Its nickname “Lord Nelson Mass” pays tribute to Horatio Nelson, a British admiral who led the Royal Navy to a pivotal victory over Napoleon’s fleet in 1798, the year the mass was premiered. It is a commanding work in which dense choral textures are played off against virtuosic solo voices while reserving an essential role for the orchestra.

Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy, and La Chapelle de Québec are always thrilled to get the chance to share their love for the choral masterworks of the Age of Enlightenment. Members of La Chapelle de Québec will hit the stage in Montreal and Quebec City with their bags barely unpacked after the choir’s Carnegie Hall appearance on the invitation of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, where Maestro Labadie is starting out as principal conductor.

Bernard Labadie, conductor
Kimy Mc Laren, soprano
Mireille Lebel, mezzo-soprano
Lawrence Wiliford, tenor
Neal Davies, bass-baritone
La Chapelle de Québec, choir
Les Violons du Roy

Tickets are available from the Palais Montcalm - Maison de la musique box office at 418-641-6040 (toll free at 1-877-641-6040) and the Place des Arts box office at 514-842-2112 (toll free at 1-866-842-2112).

Les Violons du Roy’s Quebec City season is presented by Hydro-Québec.
Les Violons du Roy’s Montreal season is presented by La Capitale Assurance et services financiers.
Les Violons du Roy would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the City of Quebec for their support.

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