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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Musicians in Ordinary offers Rococo Concert

THE MUSICIANS IN ORDINARY VISIT PRE-REVOLUTION FRANCE

IN “ROCOCO!” CONCERT SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2011

The Musicians In Ordinary recreate the music that was part of the flourishing arts and intellectual scene preceding the French Revolution, Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m. at the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue (Bay subway).

Single tickets, $25, $20 for students and seniors, are available at the door. Information is available atwww.musiciansinordinary.ca, by e-mailing musinord@sympatico.ca or by calling 416-535-9956.

In a concert called Rococo!, soprano Hallie Fishel and lutenist John Edwards perform music from the Parisian intellectual salon of the late 1700s, with violinist Christopher Verrette as guest artist. Among the selections are guitar works written by such Paris-based Italians as Giacomo Merchi, the leading guitarist in Paris in that period.

John Edwards describes the years before 1789 as an era “where men like the encyclopaedist Diderot, liberal thinkers like Rousseau and even a pre-imperial Napoleon would gather, literally, at the foot of the bed of great ladies.

“After they finished describing their hard work or how the plotting of the Revolution was progressing, chamber music would have offered a perfect diversion.” The Musicians In Ordinary oblige, as Hallie Fishel sings, John Edwards plays Baroque guitar and Christopher Verrette joins in on violin.

Currently in their 10th season, The Musicians In Ordinary model themselves on the “musicians in ordinary for the lutes and voices” who serenaded the Stuart monarchs in their bed chambers. Both Fishel and Edwards perform and lecture widely, and delight in exploring old manuscripts in search of new programs to intrigue their audiences.

The Musicians In Ordinary’s season is supported by The Anglican Foundation, the Spem in Alium Fund in the Toronto Community Foundation, and individual donations.

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