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Les Violons du Roy with Karina Gauvin, soprano

Les Violons du Roy with Karina Gauvin, soprano

A chamber orchestra specializing in Baroque music, this energetic ensemble performs works by Bach and Handel.

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About

Named after the historically renowned string orchestra at the court of French kings, this 16-member string ensemble from Quebec City has become a pillar of the chamber music scene across Canada, Europe, and the United States. Founded in 1984 by Bernard Labadie, one of Canada's most respected classical musicians, Les Violons du Roy offers "thrillingly resonant performances" (The Los Angeles Times) of the vast repertoire for chamber orchestra. While the group's members employ modern instruments, they use Baroque bows and bowing techniques to reflect performance practices of the 17th and 18th centuries. In 2001, the group received the JUNO Best Classical Album Award for a recording of Handel's Apollo e Dafne. For its Kennedy Center debut, Les Violons du Roy is joined by "enthralling" (The Toronto Star) Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin for a concert of Baroque arias and instrumental works by Handel and Bach.

Program and Notes

    George Handel
    Suite from Alcina
    Johann Bach
    Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 42
    George Handel
    Selected Arias TBA
    Johann Bach
    Orchestral Suite No. 1

Artists

  • Karina Gauvin

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