Les Violons du Roy is a 15-piece ensemble that specializes in the performance practices of the 17th and 18th centuries. This special engagement will feature award-winning French pianist Alexandre Tharaud in a celebration of the classical movement on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. at Purdue’s Loeb Playhouse. This performance is presented with Friends support from Ginny Tyler.
There is no closer comparison to chamber music as initially heard by monarchs and their courtiers as Les Violons du Roy. Deriving its name from the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French Kings, this 15-piece Québécois ensemble has performed to audiences worldwide for over three decades and boasts a bevy of Juno Award®-winning recordings to its credit. Les Violons du Roy specializes in both a vast chamber music repertoire and painstaking recreations of performance practices from the 17th and 18th centuries. Under founder Bernard Labadie’s artistic direction, the ensemble uses copies of period-specific bows to replicate the precise sound of these pieces’ original performances. How better to celebrate the elegance, crispness, and clarity of the Classical movement than with both emotion and sonic detail?
The centerpiece of the program will feature Purdue’s new Steinway concert grand piano for the early Mozart concerto, the “Jeunehomme,” performed by the visionary, award-winning French pianist Alexandre Tharaud. The ensemble’s 2014 recording featuring Tharaud was called “sparkling” and praised for its “restless energy and esprit” by “The Guardian.” The evening also includes the brooding, dramatic overture to “Olympie,” a Voltaire play, composed by J.M. Kraus, often referred to as “the Swedish Mozart,” along with W.A. Mozart’s own intensely passionate Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K 550. Together, Tharaud and Les Violons du Roy will offer an evening of sound fit for royalty.
$28 for adults
$22 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students
Tickets are available at the Stewart Center box office at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Group tickets are also available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit Group Sales for more information.