A celebration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans, this program will consist of beautiful, sumptuous sacred and operatic works from the Chapelle Royale at Versailles and the Opéra in Paris, and even from la Nouvelle-Orléans herself. There will be music associated with the courts of the Roi-Soleil Louis XIV, his great-grandson Louis XV, and the ill-fated Louis XVI — we promise no heads will roll!
We’ll perform a motet by Jean-Baptiste Lully composed for the baptism of Louis XIV’s eldest son, the finale of Les Sauvages from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s masterpiece Les indes galantes, the festively brilliant Te Deum by Michel-Richard de Lalande, and Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville’s vivid and exciting motet In exitu Israël. We’ll also feature excerpts from the Manuscrit des Ursulines de la Nouvelle-Orléans, the only surviving music manuscript from colonial Louisiana. Our first large-scale French concert since 2012 promises to be très magnifique — we hope you’ll join us!
As always there will be $5 student tickets available at the door, and K-12 students are free.
Please feel free to join us 30 minutes before the show for an informal talk by the artistic director about the program.