UNVEILING OF THE 2013–2014 MONTREAL SEASON
Published on Mar 6, 2013
Montreal, March 6, 2013 – Bernard Labadie, music director, and Astrid Chouinard, executive director, of Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec today unveiled the details of the 2013–2014 Montreal season. As the orchestra celebrates its 30th season in Quebec City, this new program also offers Montreal music lovers an opportunity to enjoy a festive lineup including a number of firsts, such as collaboration with the extraordinary American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe.
BACH'S LUTHERAN MASSES
Published on Dec 13, 2012
On February 6, 7, and 10, Bernard Labadie, La Chapelle de Québec, and Les Violons du Roy will perform J.S. Bach's sublime Missae breves. For the occasion, an outstanding quartet of soloists—soprano Shannon Mercer, countertenor Robin Blaze, tenor Thomas Cooley, and bass-baritone Stephen Hegedus—will join the choir and ensemble in performing the complete version of these virtuoso works. The February 6 and 7 concerts are slated for 8 p.m. at Palais Montcalm in Quebec City while the performance on February 10 will be at 3 p.m. at Maison symphonique de Montréal.
LUMINEUSE SANDRINE PIAU
Published on Oct 11, 2012
On Saturday, November 3, ten years after their first collaboration, French soprano Sandrine Piau rejoins Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy at Maison symphonique de Montréal. Renowned for her magnificent voice combining virtuosity and subtlety, this superstar of the lyric arts in France will present arias by Handel and Mozart, the repertoire that made her name.
MATHIEU LUSSIER, LES VIOLONS DU ROY’S NEW CONDUCTOR-IN-RESIDENCE
Published on Oct 4, 2012
Music director Bernard Labadie and executive director Astrid Chouinard are pleased to announce the appointment of Mathieu Lussier to the position of conductor-in-residence for Les Violons du Roy’s 2012–2013 season. Mathieu has been an important collaborator with the orchestra for some years and succeeds Eric Paetkau in the position. He will be invited to conduct Les Violons du Roy in a number of concerts and other projects throughout the season, both in Quebec and abroad. His first concerts in this position will take place on October 6 and 8 as Les Violons du Roy’s travels to Mexico.
HAMELIN ET HAYDN
Published on Sep 9, 2012
On Saturday, September 29, Les Violons du Roy and conductor Bernard Labadie will return to the stage of Maison symphonique de Montréal after its successful first season. They will be joined for the occasion by Marc-André Hamelin, one of the most acclaimed piano virtuosos of our day, who will deliver all the spirit and refinement of Haydn’s G and F-major piano concertos. Come hear these works live before the artists record them for the British label Hyperion.
LES VIOLONS DU ROY FETENT MICHEL LEGRAND - MONTREAL
Published on Aug 9, 2012
Legendary French composer and pianist Michel Legrand will wrap up his Quebec tour—which began last June with three memorable evenings in Quebec City and Orford—on September 17 at Maison symphonique de Montréal. Appearing with Mr. Legrand will be Les Violons du Roy, along with solo harpist with the Paris Opera Catherine Michel, drummer Paul Brochu, and double bassist Frédéric Alarie. These concerts, along with performances in France, the United Kingdom, and Russia, are part of the world tour Mr. Legrand is making in 2012 to celebrate his 80th birthday.
MOZART, THE FINAL SYMPHONIES
Published on May 1, 2012
To close the 2011–2012 season with a flourish, Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy are offering music lovers an opportunity to savor Mozart’s symphonic legacy. On Saturday, June 2 from 7:30 p.m., spectators will enjoy a very special evening featuring the composer’s last three symphonies, including the tremendously famous Fortieth and Jupiter. The concert will be performed at Maison symphonique de Montréal.
THE ST. JOHN PASSION
Published on Jan 9, 2012
On March 20, 21, and 23, 2012, Bernard Labadie will assemble an outstanding cast around tenor Ian Bostridge and La Chapelle de Québec at Quebec City’s Palais Montcalm and Montreal’s Maison Symphonique to present the St. John Passion, one of J.S. Bach’s greatest masterworks. These performances culminate on Sunday, March 25, as conductor, orchestra, soloists, and La Chapelle de Québec return to the legendary stage of New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
Published on Nov 15, 2011
On Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m., Bernard Labadie, La Chapelle de Québec, and Les Violons du Roy will treat Montrealers to the Maison symphonique de Montréal premiere of Handel’s Messiah. A distinguished quartet of soloists made up of soprano Lydia Teuscher, countertenor Matthew White, tenor James Taylor, and bass Tim Mirfin will join the orchestra at Place des Arts for the occasion.
DIVINE KARINA (MONTREAL)
Published on Sep 8, 2011
Les Violons du Roy will perform for the first time at Maison symphonique de Montréal, the new Place des Arts concert hall, on Saturday, October 8. Conductor Bernard Labadie will lead the larger-than-usual 39 musician ensemble for the occasion and is delighted to welcome soprano Karina Gauvin, who will perform operatic arias by Italian composer Nicola Porpora that she recently recorded under the Atma label. This will be one of the first times these arias have been performed for a North American audience.
RELEASE OF THE 2011-2012 SEASON IN MONTREAL
Published on Mar 3, 2011
Montreal, March 2, 2011 – Music director Bernard Labadie today unveiled the 2011–2012 program of Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec in Montreal. The new season marks a turning point in the chamber orchestra’s Montreal adventure with concerts in Place des Arts’s new concert hall and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ intimate and welcoming Bourgie Concert Hall. Three series have also been programmed: the Grands Rendez-vous, Soirées Arte Musica, and the Concerts Espresso. With 13 concerts in all—three with La Chapelle de Québec—audiences can look forward to a season of musical passion and excitement.
LE MONDE SELON THARAUD IN MONTREAL
Published on Jan 14, 2011
On Saturday, February 5, Alexandre Tharaud, one of the leading pianists of his generation, will showcase his virtuosity, rigor, and sensibility as he performs two concertos, including Mozart’s 9th, the “Jeunehomme.” The concert will also give Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy an opportunity to introduce audiences to Joseph Martin Kraus, an unjustly neglected master of the Classical period.
L'ART DE MARIE-NICOLE LEMIEUX
Published on Aug 27, 2010
Montréal, August 27, 2010 – To kick off the 2010–2011 season, Les Violons du Roy and music director Bernard Labadie will be reunited with contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, a leading light among Québec’s musical figures whose each and every performance delivers moments of pure delight. For the occasion, she will interpret arias by Mozart, Haydn, and Gluck.
2010-2011 MONTRÉAL SEASON RELEASE
Published on Mar 2, 2010
Montréal, Tuesday, March 2, 2010 – Music director Bernard Labadie announced details of the 2010–2011 season of Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec today. Audiences can look forward to visits from leading soloists, including reputed English tenor Ian Bostridge, who will join the chamber orchestra for a North American tour with stops in Montreal and nine other cities. There will also be great moments with La Chapelle de Québec, including a feature performance of Vivaldi’s choral masterpiece Gloria. New this year, all six Montreal concerts will be presented at St. James United Church (463 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal).
BACH'S CHRISTMAS ORATORIO IN MONTREAL
Published on Oct 20, 2009
On Wednesday, December 9 in the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, conducted by Bernard Labadie, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio before taking the production to Carnegie Hall in New York.
HANDEL'S MESSIAH IN MONTREAL
Published on Oct 19, 2009
One of the highpoints of the 2009-2010 musical season will be the performance of Handel’s Messiah, a signature work for Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie and La Chapelle de Québec, in the Saint-Jean Baptiste church of Tuesday, December 8. An outstanding quartet of soloists will appear with the choir and orchestra.
25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT WITH ANDREAS SCHOLL
Published on Sep 8, 2009
On Friday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Pollack Hall at McGill University, Les Violons du Roy will perform the first concert in the orchestra’s Montreal season, which marks its 25th anniversary. The concert is already promising to be a memorable event, since Bernard Labadie and his musicians will appear for the first time alongside German countertenor Andreas Scholl and young Québec soprano Hélène Guilmette.