The Sun King’s Chapel

Arion Orchestre Baroque presents motets and instrumental music by Du Mont, Lully, Charpentier, Delalande, and Clérambault

Throughout his reign, Louis XIV encouraged the kingdom’s best musicians to compose motets of various scales, festive or contemplative, destined to the royal chapel to accompany daily worship as well as special ceremonies. At this concert, you will be introduced to a rare and impressive instrument, the serpent. The bass of the cornett family, instruments made of leather-covered wood fitted with a brass mouthpiece, the serpent as its name suggests is curved so the player can easily finger all the notes. It was used in church choirs to reinforce the bass voices up until the early 20th century.

Arion Orchestre Baroque

Mathieu Lussier, guest conductor

Recently appointed Artistic Director of Arion Baroque Orchestra, Mathieu Lussier has been associated with les Violons du Roy as Conductor-in-residence in 2012, and Associate Conductor from 2014 to 2018, Lussier has led the orchestra in concerts in Quebec, and on tour in greater Canada, the United States, Mexico and Brazil, collaborating with artists such as Marc-André Hamelin, Philippe Jarrousky, Alexandre Tharaud, Jeremy Denk, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Julia Lezhneva, Anthony Marwood and Karina Gauvin. Previous appointments include Artistic Director and Conductor of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival, where he served from 2008 to 2014.

As a soloist, Mathieu Lussier has energetically and passionately promoted the modern and baroque bassoon as solo instruments for more than two decades throughout North America and Europe. He also devotes considerable time to chamber music as a member of ensemble Pentaèdre de Montréal. Since the summer of 2014, he has been Professor at Université de Montréal. His numerous solo recordings include over a dozen bassoon concertos (Mozart, Vivaldi, Fasch, Graupner, Telemann, and Corrette), a CD of bassoon sonatas by Boismortier, three CDs of music for solo bassoon by François Devienne, and two CDs of wind music by Gossec and Méhul. Mathieu Lussier is also a respected composer, with a catalogue of over 50 titles heard regularly in the concert halls of North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Anne-Marie Beaudette and Marie Magistry, sopranos
Josée Lalonde
, alto
Philippe Gagné
, high-tenor
Michiel Schrey
, tenor
Philippe Martel and Normand Richard
, basses

Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Ouverture pour le sacre d’un évêque
Henry Dumont
Nisi Dominus
Symphonie en sol
Jean-Baptiste Lully
De profundis
Henry Dumont
Symphonie en ré
Michel Richard Delalande
De profundis
Nicolas Clérambault
Regina Coeli

Live concert at Bourgie Hall
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 4:00pm
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 2:00pm

Monday, November 22, 2021 to Monday, November 29, 2021

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