Early Music Vancouver (“EMV”) is kicking off its 50th anniversary season with Le Concert Spirituel: Baroque Orchestral Suites on September 28th. Inspired by the seminal 18th-century French concert series, 16 members of Victoria Baroque present a lavish pairing of French Overture Suites and Italian Concerti Grossi.
Le Concert Spirituel Baroque Orchestra Suites
When: Satutday, September 28, 2019 at 7:30pm
Pre-Concert Talk with Jeanne Lamon and Matthew White at 6:45pm
Where: Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard St, Vancouver)
Tickets: Available from $18 online or by calling (604) 822-2697
Treasured Canadian icon, baroque violinist, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Musical Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon, who recently relocated to Victoria from her long-time home in Toronto, leads this celebration of the birth of the public concert in 18th-century Europe.
Le Concert Spirituel: Baroque Orchestral Suites is a tribute to the Parisian concert series founded in 1725 that first brought music previously exclusive to the courts to the public realm. This series became the most important European platform not only for the best French artists, but also for presenting and disseminating the work of the most accomplished European composers and musicians of the 18th century.
The program begins with Michel Richard Delalande’s Fantasie ou Caprice que la Roy demandoit souvent. Delalande was one of Louis XIV’s favourite composers and was charged with providing music at royal chapel services and elaborate daily dinner parties at Versailles. His music was widely loved and became a staple at early Le Concert Spirituel performances. The first half of the concert concludes with a performance of Georg Philipp Telemann’s Overture Suite in D major for two horns, two oboes, and strings, composed in 1765.
The concert’s second half opens with a chamber work: the chaconne from celebrated baroque violinist and composer Jean-Marie Leclair’s Premiere Recreation de Musique Op.6. Considered the founder of the French violin school, Leclair, like Delalande, was employed by Louis XV for many years. The full orchestra then performs a work by another notable violinist-composer in Louis XV’s employ: Jean-Joseph de Mondonville, who directed the “orchestra-in-residence” that was created for Le Concert Spirituel, and that operated from 1755–62.
The evening concludes with Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony no. 30 in C Major. Hugely popular with Parisians, Haydn’s symphonies often opened Le Concert Spirituel performances in the 1770s and 80s.
I have a pair of tickets to give away for the concert on September 28th at 7:30pm at Christ Church Cathedral. Here’s how you can enter to win:
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UPDATE The winner is Francine!