Grace, elegance, and delicacy are just a few hallmarks of the music of the French Baroque. From the court of the Sun King to the salons of Paris, the highly ornamented music of French composers tickled the ears of courtiers and philosophers alike. We think you’ll agree that the unique French style has a certain on ne sait quoi that makes it unmistakably français, but despite this, French music exhibits a great deal of variety of genres and moods. You’ll experience music enjoyed by Louis XIV in his private quarters, Parisian nobility in the opera theatres of Paris, and parishioners in the cathedrals and churches of Dijon and Paris.
This concert will feature a number of ABO soloists, including Stephanie Raby (violin & viola da gamba), James Brown (viola da gamba), Eric Smith (viola da gamba & ‘cello), Elizabeth Hardy (bassoon), Billy Traylor (oboe & recorder), Marcus McGuff (flute) and Joan Carlson (violin & soprano), and we’ll welcome back soprano Julianna Emanski, who sang the title role in last season’s performance of Handel’s Esther. Featuring sacred and secular works by Marais, Lully, Charpentier, Boismortier, Rameau, and more.