Next live concert Ensemble L’Harmonie des Saisons – FRENCH FESTIVITIES will be on 07 May 2021 at 19h00

Louis XIV was not fond of the Italian art of his time. Consequently, he strove to maintain a French sensibility through numerous commissions to selected French artists. The music incorporated dance forms with their ever diverse rhythms, concurrent to the development of the portrait and the character piece in chamber music, while Lully created the first “symphonic” orchestra in the modern sense. On the program: majestic orchestral chaconnes by Marais and Delalande, the great Italian-influenced Sonata for Eight by Charpentier, intimate pieces for two violas da gamba by Sainte-Colombe, and the concise ballet Les Caractères de la dance by Rebel.

Who is L’Harmonie des saisons?

Founded in 2010 by co-directors Mélisande Corriveau and Eric Milnes, ensemble L’Harmonie des saisons inspires audiences with its fresh and unique musical approach. After presenting forty different programs in over 150 concerts, the ensemble, which performs on period instruments, continues to expand its acclaim throughout Quebec, Canada and abroad. Their recordings on the ATMA Classique label – Las Ciudades de Oro, Pardessus de viole and Marin Marais : Badinages – have been the recipients of the coveted JUNO prize, the Prix Opus, Radio-Canada’s Recording of the Year, among the CBC’s Top Ten CDs of the Year, and made the Apple Music prestigious TOP Ten Classical Recording list. The ensemble, alongside international guest artists, hosts a prestigious series of concerts and has been featured at international series’ and festivals across Europe, North and South America.

Recorded at The Bishop Stewart Memorial Church, Frelighsburg, Qc
May 7th, 2:00 p.m. EST – Available for two weeks

Concert program


Eric Milnes, direction and harpsichord
Julia Wedman, Tanya La Perrière, Guillaume Villeneuve, Marie Nadeau-Tremblay, Jessy Dubé, violins
Margaret Little & Susie Napper, violas da gamba
Mélisande Corriveau, viola da gamba and cello
Pierre Cartier, double bass
Anne Thivierge & Grégoire Jeay, flutes
Matthew Jennejohn & Karim Nasr, oboes
François Viault, bassoon

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Ensemble L’Harmonie des Saisons – FRENCH FESTIVITIES

The Charms of the French Baroque
Mélisande Corriveau, Artistic Director & Eric Milnes, Musical Director

07 May 2021 at 19h00

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