French Quar­ter go­ing for baroque

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

FROM Oct. 25 to 27, Winnipeg’s French Quar­ter will play host to the Baroque Ren­dezVous, a celebration of both the 275th an­niver­sary of the con­struc­tion of Fort Rouge by Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, Sieur de La Vérendrye, at The Forks in 1738 and the mu­sic of the day. Two his­tor­i­cal re-en­act­ment groups, Winnipeg’s La Com­paigne de La Vérendrye and Mon­treal’s Le Canada de Louis XV, are join­ing forces to present a lineup of pub­lic events at var­i­ous venues through­out St. Boni­face. “Baroque de­scribes the pe­riod of Euro­pean art and mu­sic from about 1600 to 1750. Baroque mu­sic is what la Vérendrye would have heard in so­cial gath­er­ings in New France,” says Michel Loiselle, cap­tain of La Com­pag­nie de La Vérendrye in a press re­lease. “To help us cel­e­brate this time in his­tory, we’ve brought in some of the most ta­lented baroque mu­si­cians in Canada to play the mu­sic of renowned com­posers such as Lully, Couperin, Marais and Rameau.” The fes­tiv­i­ties be­gin Fri­day night with a baroque mu­sic con­cert at the Pré­cieuxSang Church, 200 Kenny St., fea­tur­ing Mon­treal mu­si­cians Gré­goire Jeay (flutist), MarieNathalie La­cour­sière (voice and dance), Elin Söder­ström (vi­ola da gamba) and Dorothéa Ven­tura (harp­si­chord). The pro­gram be­gins at 7:30 p.m.; tick­ets are $20 at the door. On Satur­day night, his­tory buffs can step back in time for an evening of 18th-cen­tury en­ter­tain­ment and din­ing at the Fort Rouge Ban­quet at Mai­son du Bour­geois. The event be­gins at 5:30 p.m.; tick­ets are $100. On Sun­day, a baroque mu­sic and dance workshop will be held at the Cen­tre cul­turel franco-man­i­to­bain at 2 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $10. For full de­tails, visit www. fortrouge275.ca.

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