Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec at Maison Symphonique

For his first appearance of this 2018–2019 season; Bernard Labadie – founder of Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, of which he remains the music director – will compound the brilliance of the two ensembles for what promises to be a night to remember on November 3 at Maison Symphonique in Place des Arts.

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 will take 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, the 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 beginning his tenure as principal conductor.

The Program:
W. A. MOZART, Ave verum corpus, K. 618
Krönungsmesse (Coronation Mass), K. 317
Missa in Angustiis, Hob. XXII:11 (“Lord Nelson Mass”)

Bernard Labadie, Cérémonie des Lumières at 7:30 pm, Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Maison symphonique de Montréal. Tickets are now on sale at the Place des Arts box office at 514-842-2112 or toll free at 1-866-842-2112.

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 Québec for their support.

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