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Remarkable mezzo-soprano Christine Rice to give special performance of vocal works with Les Violons du Roy

Published on November 21, 2019

Quebec City, November 21, 2019 – Music director Jonathan Cohen and Les Violons du Roy welcome mezzo soprano Christine Rice for a varied program of richly dramatic works. Together they will perform a selection of the most beautiful opera arias ever written by Rameau, Handel, and Purcell as well as Britten’s Phaedra, a dramatic cantata inspired by Jean Racine’s play. The concert Amours tragiques will be performed on Thursday, November 28, at 8 p.m. at Quebec City’s Palais Montcalm – Maison de la musique and Saturday, November 30, at 8 p.m. at Bourgie Hall, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Beijing, last stop on the first-ever visit to Asia by Les Violons du Roy

Published on November 4, 2019

Quebec City, November 4, 2019Les Violons du Roy wrap up their tour of Asia with pianist Marc-André Hamelin in Beijing tomorrow, Tuesday November 5. Together, they’ve brought a taste of Québec’s musical talent to audiences in South Korea and China, with performances of works by Haydn and Mozart under the direction of Jonathan Cohen.

Conductor Mélanie Léonard makes her Violons du Roy debut

Published on September 26, 2019

Quebec City, September 26, 2019 - Maestra Mélanie Léonard will conduct Les Violons du Roy for the very first time as the ensemble hits the road in Quebec with Mozart en Scandinavie. The orchestra will perform a series of Nordic works under her baton, including the Sibelius Canzonetta, Grieg’s Holberg Suite, and Nielsen’s Little Suite for String Orchestra. A piece by Nielsen’s great hero, Mozart (his Divertimento, K. 136), will round out the program presented on tour in Quebec.

Les Violons du Roy announces first-ever tour in Asia

Published on September 13, 2019

Quebec City, September 13, 2019Les Violons du Roy is proud to announce its first-ever tour in Asia, which will take it to South Korea and China from October 29 to November 5, 2019. Under music director Jonathan Cohen and featuring internationally renowned pianist Marc-André Hamelin, the orchestra will showcase Quebec talent in Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, and Quebec City’s sister city Xi’an with performances of works from the Classical period, including Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 27.

Three Magnificats by members of the Bach family conducted by Jonathan Cohen

Published on September 5, 2019

Quebec City, September 5, 2019Jonathan Cohen opens his second season as music director of Les Violons du Roy in grand style with three Magnificats composed by J.S. Bach and his sons, featuring five extraordinary soloists: sopranos Hélène Guilmette and Myriam Leblanc, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, tenor Thomas Walker, and baritone Christian Immler who join Les Violons du Roy and the La Chapelle de Québec choir.

Jonathan Cohen et l'enfance de l'art

Published on May 30, 2019

Quebec City, May 30, 2019 - To cap off Les Violons du Roy’s 35th season, music director Jonathan Cohen and the orchestra musicians have cooked up a program that celebrates the incredible inspiration shown by great composers such as W.A. Mozart and F. Mendelssohn when they were still young. Full of life and musical ingenuity, the concert will culminate in Haydn’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in G Major with Pascale Giguère as solo violin.

Don Quichotte à Paris

Published on May 15, 2019

Quebec City, May 15, 2019 – Groundbreaking violinist and conductor Julien Chauvin debuts with Les Violons du Roy in a program of French and German Baroque masterworks. Actor Normand Chouinard takes the stage in the second half of the program in the ever-fascinating role of Don Quixote, whose madcap adventures were so lushly scored by Telemann. The concert will take place on Thursday, May 23, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Palais Montcalm - Maison de la musique in Quebec City, and on Friday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Bourgie Hall in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec return to the most prestigious concert halls in the United States in 2020

Published on May 9, 2019

Quebec City, May 9, 2019 - Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec are pleased to announce that the orchestra and choir will each be touring the United States in 2020. They will be back at some of the U.S.’s premier stages, including Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Les Violons du Roy are also proud to announce that the orchestra will be making its Philadelphia début at the Zellerbach Theatre on April 25, 2020.

Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec back in New York City

Published on May 3, 2019

Quebec City, May 3, 2019 - Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec will be returning to New York’s Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, to present Bach’s Mass in B Minor, conducted by founding conductor Bernard Labadie. Les Violons du Roy first performed in New York almost 22 years ago when they presented Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, conducted by Bernard Labadie at the Lincoln Center. The orchestra and choir are delighted to continue the collaboration they started with Carnegie Hall 13 years ago and to showcase Quebec talent in one of the world’s leading capitals of culture.

Introducing Les Violons du Roy’s joint executive directors

Published on April 30, 2019

On Monday, April 29, Patrice Savoie and Laurent Patenaude stepped in as joint executive directors of Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec.