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''Les Violons Du Roy'' C'est Magnifique!

On February 12, 2009, Berea College was lucky to have had the musical phenomenon that is Les Violons Du Roy kick off this semester Stephenson Memorial Concert Series in Phelps-Stokes Auditorium.

Les Violons du Roy

Reigning from Quebec City Les Violons du Roy, who borrows its name from the renowned string orchestra of the French King, has fifteen players and is well known throughout Canada and the United states. Brought together in 1984 by music director Bernard Labadie, this group of musical prodigy is acclaimed for its performance of the Baroque and Classical periods as well as its exploration of 19th and 20th centuries in recent years.

During their performance, Berea College students and community members were titillated with the sounds of violins, cellos, and a plethora of other string instruments as Les Violons du Roy serenaded them with the works of Telemann, Handel, Haydn, and Purcell. The orchestraís performance of Handelís Water Music was a musical masterpiece that captured all the senses and held the audience in its musical trance. Guest conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni gracefully conducted the ensemble with flair of his own; using his body as an instrument this renowned conductor danced while the auditorium slowly filled with the ensemble's melodic tones. Swaying in perfect harmony the ensembles members performed pieces from the opera Alcina. Modern instruments and classical pieces make this assembly of musical genius appealing to music lovers of all types by create a truly unique musical experience.

Using modern instruments to present classical pieces is what earned this ensemble its international acclaim, landing their recordings on such broadcast radio stations such as radio-Canada, CBC, and NPR. Les Violons du Roy has received international and national acclaim and has received various awards and distinctions for their fifteen recordings. Since 1988, Les Violons du Roy has made more than 100 concert appearances in Germany, England, Austria, Belgium, Ecuador, Morocco, Mexico, Norway, and the Netherlands.

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