Jan. 24, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Les Violons du Roy will perform in concert Saturday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets for the event are $20.

"The orchestra, named after the old royal French orchestras, includes wind players as well as strings, in spite of what the ensemble's name might lead one to expect," according to Bill Boswell, director of cultural events at Bucknell.

"The performance will include a rarely heard double concerto by Mozart featuring two outstanding soloists who are touring with the orchestra.

"Under music director and conductor Bernard Labadie, Canadian violinist James Ehnes will be joined by Roberto Diaz, the principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra," said Boswell. Labadie is considered one of Canada's most dynamic young conductors.

"This performance will surely be a highlight of the program, which includes Haydn's Symphony in G Minor ("The Hen"), Mozart's Concerto Rondo for Violin and Schubert's Symphony No. 5. It will be a night of beautiful music memorably played."

Founded in 1984 by Labadie, Les Violons du Roy specializes in recreating period performance styles on contemporary instruments. The ensemble has produced 10 CDs in as many years, with award nominations and wins among them.

Advance tickets for the performance are available from the Bucknell Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 570-577-1000. Tickets also can be purchased one hour before the performance. For information regarding the availability of services for persons with disabilities at Weis Center events, call 570-577-3700.

The 2003-04 season of Weis Center events is made possible in part by generous funding from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

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