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(Message started by: Charles Q. Sullivan on Jan 22nd, 2013, 1:55pm)

Title: Early Music Now The Entertainment of Louis XV
Post by Charles Q. Sullivan on Jan 22nd, 2013, 1:55pm

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Early Music Now Presents “The Entertainment of Louis XV”

King Louis XV retained the Marquise de Pompadour as his friend and confidant long after they ceased to be lovers. A harpsichordist and patron of the arts, she took pleasure in sponsoring concerts for the king, contributing greatly to France’s cultural legacy.  Rameau, Mondonville, Corrette, and many of their fellow musicians brought their genius to bear on this intellectual and artistic life of 18th century France, and their chamber music remains as a beautiful example of what was heard when friends gathered in the palace of Versailles or the salons of Paris.

The Montreal-based ensemble Masques (colbertartists.com/ArtistBio.asp?ID=masques) brings this music to Milwaukee on February 16th at 5:00, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 914 East Knapp Street. The concert is followed by a Gourmet French Dinner, available by separate purchase, and there will be a pre-concert lecture by UWM French Professor Gabrielle Verdier.

Masques is acclaimed for its expressiveness, the eloquence of its musical interpretations, and the dynamic musical involvement of its members. This young ensemble’s name is inspired by the masques of Elizabethan England – mystical performances that fused poetry, music, dance and drama.  The members of Masques also engage in educational outreach projects that convey their passion for early music to young audiences around the world. Masques has risen rapidly to international attention, winning the Grand Prize in the Dorian/Early Music America Competition in 2000, and was selected as finalist at the York Early Music Competition in 2001. Masques is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Montreal Arts Council, the Council of the Arts and Letters of Quebec and the Quebec Council of Music.

Tickets are available in the Preferred and General Admission seating sections. Single ticket prices range from $25-$40 for adults and seniors, and $10-$20 for students (six or older). There are no handling or service fees. Tickets may be purchased online at www.earlymusicnow.org, by phone at 414.225.3113, or by mail at 759 N Milwaukee Street, Suite 420, Milwaukee 53202.

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