• Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012

    Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec Perform Bach's St. John Passion on Sunday, March 25 at Carnegie Hall Conducted by Bernard Labadie 

    Soloists Include: Tenor Ian Bostridge as the Evangelist, Bass-Baritone Neal Davies as Jesus, Soprano Karina Gauvin, Countertenor Damien Guillon, Tenor Nicholas Phan, and Bass-Baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann
    Photo by Richard Termine.
    Program Information
    Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Bernard Labadie, Music Director and Conductor
    Ian Bostridge, Tenor (Evangelist)
    Neal Davies, Bass-Baritone (Jesus)
    Karina Gauvin, Soprano
    Damien Guillon, Countertenor
    Nicholas Phan, Tenor
    Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Bass-Baritone


    This concert and the Choral Classics series are made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for choral music established by S. Donald Sussman in memory of Judith Arron and Robert Shaw.

    The Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is sponsored by Duff & Phelps.
    Carnegie Hall presents conductor Bernard Labadie leading the eminent chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy with La Chapelle de Québec and renowned soloists in Bach’s choral masterwork, the St. John Passion, on Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.

    The orchestra and chorus are joined by tenor Ian Bostridge (Evangelist), bass-baritone Neal Davies (Jesus), soprano Karina Gauvin, countertenor Damien Guillon, tenor Nicholas Phan, and bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann.

    This concert will be broadcast live on WQXR (105.9 FM) and streamed on wqxr.org as part of the Carnegie Hall Live series. It is also broadcast on radio stations across the country, courtesy of American Public Media.

    Artist Information
    Recognized internationally for his expertise in 17th and 18th century repertoire, Bernard Labadie is the founder and music director of Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec. For over 27 years, he has led the two chamber ensembles during the regular season in Quebec City and Montreal, on tour through North America and Europe, and on over 15 recordings for the Virgin Classics, Dorian, and ATMA labels.

    The chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy borrows its name from the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French kings. The group, which has a core membership of fifteen players, was brought together in 1984 by Mr. Labadie and specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era. Although the ensemble plays on modern instruments, its approach to the works of the Baroque and Classical periods has been strongly influenced by current research into performance practice in the 17th and early 18th centuries; in this repertoire, Les Violons du Roy uses copies of period bows. The orchestra has been widely acclaimed for the exceptional energy, brilliance, and vitality of its performances.

    La Chapelle de Québec, founded by Mr. Labadie in 1985, is a chamber choir of professional singers recruited mainly in Québec City, but also throughout Québec and Canada. It assembles for two or three concerts each season to join Les Violons du Roy in major works from the repertory for choir and orchestra, especially from the 18th century.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced at $31–$93, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts
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