• Steve Ambler

Valérie Milot and Antoine Bareil


The third concert of the 34rd season of the Hudson Chamber Music Series will take place on March 5 at 4 pm in St. James Church Hall, 642 Main Road, Hudson. Harpist Valérie Milot and violinist Antoine Bareil will present a series of works for violin and piano from the classical, folk, and film repertoires.

Valérie Milot is a returning artist: her recital in October 2010 was a huge success. She began studying the harp at age ten, and completed her training in 2008 (with high distinction) at the Conservatoires de Musique in Montreal and Trois Rivières. The year of her graduation she won the Prix d’Europe, the first harpist in almost a hundred years to win this prestigious award. In 2013 she received the “Prix Trois-Rivières sans frontières” for her exceptional standing both nationally and internationally. This year, she is artist in residence with Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Orchestre Métropolitain, and is appearing in nine different performances under their musical director and conductor Julian Kuerti. Valérie is also touring Quebec with Les Violons du Roy and will tour Western Canada this year with violinist Antoine Bareil.

Antoine has performed in more than a dozen countries. He is also a graduate from the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières, a scholar of the Wilfrid-Pelletier Foundation and a winner of the Canada Music Competition, and studied at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout Canada and with the Aspekte Ensemble für Neue Musik in Salzburg, performing works by Philip Glass and Karlheinz Stockhausen in front of the composers. A versatile musician, he is also a composer and arranger whose works works have been played and recorded by Alain Lefèvre, the Sinfonia de Lanaudière and Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà. Antoine plays on a violin by Vuillaume and uses a bow by Voirin, both on loan from Canimex, one of the generous sponsors of the Hudson Chamber Music Series.

Valérie and Antoine have extensive discographies, including several recordings made as a duo. A selection of their cds will be available at Sunday’s concert.

Their program for Sunday is eclectic. The first half is devoted to works by classical composers: extracts from the Suite by Hungarian-born South African composer Thomas Rajna, extracts from Manuel de Falla’s Suite populaire espagnole, and the Fantaisie opus 124 by Camille Saint-Saëns. The works by Rajna and Saint-Saëns were originally for harp and violin. The Suite populaire espagnole is an arrangement of a work for violin and piano. After the intermission, the duo will play a series of pieces from Irish and Quebec folk music. The program finishes with a flourish in the form of the Sergio Leone Suite by Enrico Morricone.

The audience will recognize familiar themes from Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Yo-Yo Ma’s recording of arrangements of Morricone’s music (including the Sergio Leone Suite) stayed on the Billboard Top Classical Albums chart for 105 weeks.

As usual, patrons will be able to meet and discuss with the artists after the concert. Tickets will be available at the door for $25 (seniors $20, children under 14 free). For more information phone 450-458-4088 or 450-458-5107 or log on to the Hudson Chamber Music Series web site at http://www.hudsonchambermusic.ca/index.html. The web site includes the full schedule of concerts for the 2016-2017 season and more detailed biographies of the artists.

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