March 9, 2001
Concert Manager

AMHERST, Mass.—Les Violons du Roy will present the fourth concert in the 2000-01 Music at Amherst Series on Friday, March 30, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The chamber orchestra will be conducted by its artistic and music director, Bernard Labadie, and joined by solo oboist Diane Lacelle, in a program of Baroque works by Handel, Farina, Albinoni, Marcello and Geminiani.

Les Violons du Roy, founded in 1984, specializes in works for chamber orchestra, performed in an historically appropriate style. The group play modern instruments, but their approach to the works of the Baroque and Classical periods has been strongly influenced by “early music” performances of works of the 17th and early 18th centuries. The name Les Violons du Roy is borrowed from the string orchestra of the court of Louis XIV.

They have performed in their native Canada, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Morocco and in New York, Los Angeles and other cities in the United States to wide acclaim. The New York Times wrote that Les Violons du Roy creates historically informed performances on standard instruments in “a bracing combination of stylistic insight and robust modern sound.” Their performance at the Mostly Mozart festival drew an enthusiastic standing ovation, and they return to Lincoln Center this spring for a sold-out concert with countertenor David Daniels in the “Great Performers” series.

Admission to the concert is $18, senior citizens $15, and students $5. Tickets may be reserved by calling 413/542-2195 on weekday mornings. The Amherst College Concert Office has a Website at Les Violons du Roy have a Website at