Monday, January 23, 2012

Les Violons du Roy

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January 23, 2012

Les Violons du Roy to make SHCS debut


Shriver Hall Concert Series begins 2012 by presenting its annual Paul and Barbara Krieger Early Music Concert, with the Canadian ensemble Les Violons du Roy. The acclaimed group will perform works by Handel, Telemann, Sammartini and Geminiani at 5:30 pm. on Sunday, Jan. 29, in Homewood’s Shriver Hall Auditorium.

Borrowing its name from the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French kings, Les Violons du Roy is widely hailed for the exceptional energy, brilliance and vitality of its performances.

The orchestra, with a core membership of 15 players, makes its series debut with founding artistic and music director Bernard Labadie and recorder virtuoso Maurice Steger.

Since its founding in 1984, the group has specialized in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era. Though the ensemble plays modern instruments, its approach to the works of the baroque and classical periods has been strongly influenced by research into 17th- and 18th-century performance practice; in this repertoire, Les Violons uses copies of period bows. In recent seasons, the orchestra has begun to explore 19th- and 20th-century repertoire.

Les Violons du Roy is at the heart of the music scene in Quebec City, where it has been in residence at the Palais Montcalm since 2007. The group first performed in Europe in 1988 and has given dozens of concerts in France, Germany, England, Spain and the Netherlands. Since its first U.S. performance, in 1995 in Washington, D.C., the group has made regular stops in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

For ticket information, go to or call 410-516-7164.


Friday, January 20, 2012

Mstislav Rostropovich

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45 years ago Mstislav Rostropovich, perhaps one of the greatest and most innovative cellists in history, graced the stage of Shriver Hall Concert Series in a recital that included Bach's third suite for solo cello, Brahms' E-Minor cello sonata, and Britten's C-Major Sonata. While scouring youtube for inspiring performances, I came across this 90 minute documentary on the life and legend of Slava. Produced by the BBC, the film is chock full of amazing performance, interesting facts, and moving anecdotes - its well worth watching and we hope you enjoy!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Advocating for the Arts

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I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a four-day weekend in New York City attending the Chamber Music America conference attending informational sessions, meeting with artists and their agents, and hearing artist showcases. This year's conference was centrally themed on Arts Advocacy with the keynote address presented by Americans for the Arts vice president for policy and research, Randy Cohen. Over the course of an hour, Mr. Cohen made a compelling case for why the arts are such a vital industry contributing considerably to local economies, being the cornerstone of tourism, and improving the communities in which they exist. Over the next couple of blog posts I'll elaborate on this further with the hopes that you may take a few moments to get involved and tell your state and federal representatives why the arts are important to you. If you wish to get involved right away, you can visit the national organization Americans for the Arts at or our local advocacy agency Maryland Citizens for the Arts at

Meanwhile, here is a charming video advertisement that provides food for thought… pun intended….


Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Can you tell the difference between a Strad and a new violin?

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Give the gift of music while helping perpetuate one of Baltimore's cultural crown jewels!

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