Special Pre-Festival Concerts

The King’s Radio: Music for Louis XIV’s Chambers

The King’s Bedchamber was the most important and symbolic room in the Royal Apartments at the Palace of Versailles. It was used several times a day: during the King’s lever (“getting up”) and coucher (“going to bed”) ceremonies, when he dined in private, or when he received certain courtiers or ambassadors.

The acclaimed La Modestine steps into the Sun King’s private chambers to perform sumptuous French baroque music in celebration of the 350th birthday of François Couperin, the greatest of French baroque composers. Performed in intimate venues, this program includes musical gifts by Couperin, Marin Marais and Jean-Marie Leclair, music that may have been performed to accompany these ceremonies.

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Ouverture, Op.13

Marin Marais (1656 -1728)
Trio pour le coucher du Roi: Suite in g minor

Joseph-Barnabé Saint-Sevin, dit L′Abbé le Fils (1727–1803)
Deuxième Suite d’Airs d’Opéra, for two violins

François Couperin ‘le Grand’ (1668 – 1733)
from Les Nations: Premier Ordre ‘La Françoise’

La Sultane

Deuxième Récreation en Musique, Op.8

La Modestine is a chamber music ensemble formed by four fine west coast musicians with a love of playing music of the 17th and 18th centuries together. The members bring a wealth of international experience to playing this enchanting repertoire on period instruments.

Marc Destrubé (baroque violin)
Linda Melsted (baroque violin)
Natalie Mackie (viola da gamba)
Michael Jarvis (harpsichord)


Two special pre-Festival performances in smaller, intimate venues:

Friday, 9 February – 7:30pm
Chapel of the New Jerusalem, Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra at Rockland, Victoria

Saturday, 10 February – 7:30pm
Knox United Church, 345 Pym St, Parksville

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NOTE: The Festival Pass does not include access to these special performances