Sunday, December 9, 2012

L'Académie: 'U.S. premiere of Afro-French composer Chevalier de Saint-George's violin concerto in D Major on period instruments'

The life, fencing and music of 
Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) 
are presented at  
The anniversary of his birth is December 25.


Merci, merci, merci!

In less than five seasons, L'Académie has grown from a conversation at a cocktail party between two friends-  to a community driven, critically acclaimed Baroque chamber orchestra within the Boston music scene and beyond. Contributions from friends like you sustain this incredible music and ensure that it is accessible to as wide an audience as possible- whether it's in a classroom, hospital wing or concert hall. Merci beaucoup!

Oui the people...

L'Académie provides professional opportunities to the growing number of Baroque specialists that live in the Boston area. In doing this, we ensure Boston's role as a world class city for Baroque music and preserve the tradition of early music for future generations. L'Académie is also committed to giving back to the community- through masterclasses for graduating high school seniors, "Baroque instrument petting zoo" for children at Project STEP and free performances for patients at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

We like think of our community initiatives as "art with heart."

Last week on

As if a year of 'firsts' weren't enough - U.S. premiere of Afro-French composer Chevalier de Saint-George's violin concerto in D Major on period instruments; New-England premiere of composer Andrew Arceci's Suite for Gamba, Percussion and Strings; invitation to perform at WGBH's "Drive Time Live"; support from venerable French brand Christofle (2nd consecutive year); community partnerships with Project STEP and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute- we were mentioned here- As the French like to say "pas mal" or not bad!

A few bon mots (good words)...

"Baroque yes, but cheeky, too. And fantastically good. This weekend’s two-concert Rumor Has It offering was subtitled "Love, gossip and 2 shepherdesses." Who talks about classical music like that?"
- Carolyn Donovan of Rainy Day Magazine, October 10, 2012

"Vivaldi’s setting of Psalm 126... that amalgam of faith, virtuosity, drama, and energy composed over 200 years ago came across like an original commission for period-instrument ensemble L’Académie, contralto Emily Marvosh, and their director Leslie Kwan at Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill.The New England premiere of  Andrew Arceci’s Suite Two in G minor for Gamba, Strings and Percussion, was emotionally powerful and cogent."
 - Andrew Sammut, Boston Musical Intelligencer, February 11, 2012

"The playing of the orchestra was stylish and tasteful..."
- John Powell, Early Music America, Fall 2011

It takes a village....

Over the past four seasons, we've become known for our innovative, engaging programming. And although we've made some landmark performances, we're not just obsessed about the latest edition or performance practice. We know a lot about art, culture, architecture, food and fashion as well. As ambassadors, our job is to share the cultural relevance of  Baroque music in a modern society, which we can achieve with your continued support. Your philanthropic commitment is vital to L'Académie's continued success.

You've helped build our foundation- now help build our future.Please consider making a gift  to our Annual Fund today.  Your donation will make a difference.

After all, whether it's folk or new, baroque or the blues, supporting great music is ALWAYS in style. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Comment by email:

Hi Bill,  Here's the review from the Saint- Georges in April 2012...  Thanks for the post!  [Leslie Kwan]

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