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Les Violons du Roy string ensemble brings classic sounds to Beaver Creek

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Classical music string ensemble Les Violons du Roy performs in Beaver Creek Friday.
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What: String ensemble Les Violons du Roy.

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $58 ($10 for students with valid ID).

More information: Call 970-845-8497 or visit http://www.vilarpac.org.

BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center welcomes the classical music string ensemble Les Violons du Roy on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Les Violons du Roy borrows its name from the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French kings. The orchestra, which has a core membership of 15 players, has been widely acclaimed for its energy and the vitality of its performances. The evening’s program will be conducted by Matthieu Lussier and will feature Marc-Andre Hamelin on piano.

Brought together in 1984 by music director Bernard Labadie, the group specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era. Although the ensemble plays on modern instruments, its approach to the works of the Baroque and Classical periods has been strongly influenced by current research into performance practice in the 17th and early 18th centuries. The 27 recordings made by Les Violons du Roy have been praised by critics and can be frequently heard on NPR.

Haydn, Mozart and more

The evening’s program will feature a selection of pieces that will feature the venue’s acoustic clarity. The program (subject to change) includes J.P. Rameau: “Suite from Les Boreades”; F. J. Haydn: Symphony No. 45; Mozart: Concert Rondo in A Major; F. J. Haydn: Concerto for piano in D Major.

Les Violons du Roy is at the heart of the music scene in Quebec City, where it has been in residence at the Palais Montcalm since 2007. The orchestra made its European debut in 1988 and has gone on to give performances in France, Germany, England, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The orchestra has also toured in Mexico, Ecuador and Morocco.

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A recent highlight in the ensemble’s history includes a performance at the Berlin Philharmonie with Magdalena Kozena during its January 2014 European tour, which also included stops in London, Brussels and Paris. Since its first performance in Washington in 1995, Les Violons du Roy has extended its performance network throughout the United States.

Recordings made by Les Violons du Roy are critically acclaimed and have earned many distinctions and awards at the national and international levels.

Meet the musicians

Lussier (conductor) was appointed conductor-in-residence of Les Violons du Roy in fall 2012 and associate conductor in winter 2014. A versatile musician with an inquiring mind, Lussier passionately promotes the bassoon and the Baroque bassoon as solo instruments throughout North America and Europe. He has performed as a bassoonist, soloist or conductor of prestigious ensembles from across the globe. He was artistic director of the Lameque International Baroque Music Festival from 2007 to 2012. He is currently a member of Ensemble Pentaedre de Montreal, the Caliban Quartet of Bassoonists (Toronto), and the ensemble Musica Franca.

Hamelin’s (piano) unique blend of musicianship and virtuosity brings forth interpretations remarkable for their freedom, originality and prodigious mastery of the piano’s resources. A musician of broad musical interests and curiosity, Hamelin is renowned in equal measure for his fresh readings of the established repertoire and for his exploration of lesser known works of the 19th and 20th century, both in the recording studio and the concert hall.

A resident of Boston, Hamelin is the recipient of a lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Association, is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Quebec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Tickets to Les Violons du Roy are $58 ($10 for students with valid ID) and are on sale now at the VPAC Box Office (970-845-8497/www.vilarpac.org).


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