MUSIQUE ROYALE

June 24 - 29, 2019

Bach and Vivaldi Sonatas

“Genre-bending” (National Post), “intrepid” (Globe and Mail), “profound” (The WholeNote) and “freaky good” (The Gazette) violinist Mark Fewer joins one of Canada’s finest early music specialists, harpsichordist Hank Knox. The pair will showcase musically bursting sonatas by Vivaldi and Bach on tour across Nova Scotia with Musique Royale, presented in six historic venues from June 24th-29th. Communities include Blue Rocks, Annapolis Royal, Yarmouth, Port Williams, Tatamagouche and Halifax!

About the artists Known for his exceptional versatility, violinist Mark Fewer’s performance career has seen him tour worldwide in famous halls such as Wigmore, Carnegie, and Pleyel, to smaller venues such as Le Poisson Rouge (NY), Bartok House (Budapest), and The Forum (Taipei). He has been featured as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Melbourne, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto, and dozens of others. He is a member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players, which performs and records on priceless decorated Stradivari instruments and is also founding artistic director of the SweetWater Music Festival which champions instruments made by Canadian luthiers. Mr. Fewer has held the positions of William Dawson Scholar at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University and currently is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He is a Juno and Prix Opus winner, has been a featured guest with Stevie Wonder and his band, and is the new artistic director of Stratford Summer Music.

Hailed internationally for his “colorful, kinetic performances,” Hank Knox performs on harpsichord in concert halls, churches, museums, galleries and homes around the globe. A founding member of Montreal’s Arion Baroque Orchestra, with whom he has toured North and South America, Europe and Japan, Knox also regularly performs and tours with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy and l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, among other groups, ensembles and orchestras. He has released a number of acclaimed recordings on rare antique instruments as well as copies of historical instruments. He teaches in the Early Music program at McGill University where he conducts the McGill Baroque Orchestra. He has directed a great number of Baroque operas for Opera McGill, including Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Monteverdi’s Poppea and Handel’s Agrippina, Giulio Cesare, Alcina and Rinaldo.

Featuring

Mark Fewer (violin), Hank Knox (harpsichord)

Performances

St. Barnabas Anglican Church
Monday 24 June – 7:00 PM

$20 advance/$25 at the door/students $10 at the door. Available at Lunenburg’s friendly Shop on the Corner, and online.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Tuesday 25 June – 7:00 PM

$20 advance/$25 at the door/students $10 at the door. Available by phone reservation 902 742 8765, online, and at the door.

St. George and St. Andrew United Church
Wednesday 26 June – 7:00 PM

$20 advance/$25 at the door/students $10 at the door. Available at Bainton’s Tannery Outlet and online.

St. John's Anglican Church Port Williams
Thursday 27 June – 7:00 PM

$20 advance/$25 at the door/students $10 at the door. Available at Box of Delights, online, and at the door.

Sharon United Church
Friday 28 June – 7:00 PM

$20 advance/$25 at the door/students $10 at the door. Available by phone reservation 902 257 2519, online, and at the door.

St. David's Presbyterian Church
Saturday 29 June – 7:30 PM

$20 advance/$25 at the door/$10 students. Available by email reservation at musiqueroyale1985@gmail.com, online, and at the door.