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Les Plaisirs de Versailles—TENET and Ensemble Caprice

  • Private home in the Somerset Hills* (map)

The Montreal based early music ensemble joins forces with TENET vocal artists from New York for this special house concert featuring music composed for a king.

* This event is being held at a private home in the Somerset Hills. Venue information will be provided upon purchase.

Performance begins at 5PM
Run time is 65-70 minutes with no intermission


Les Plaisirs de Versailles was written by Marc-Antoine Charpentier as a divertissement for King Louis XIV and the French court in 1682.  It is an extremely silly story (the librettist is wisely anonymous), but nonetheless entirely recognizable to 21st century audiences.  Two ladies – Music and Conversation – are having a ding-dong argument because Music has been interrupted by Conversation’s babbling (sounds familiar?).  Various people try to appease the two ladies, and the quarrel is eventually settled over chocolate!  TENET is a group of immensely talented singers, directed by Jolle Greenleaf, who are particularly renowned for their innovative programming and virtuosic singing.  In this performance they will be accompanied by the magnificent Ensemble Caprice, a group of musicians based in Montreal whose mission is “to put new life into baroque music” – luxury casting for the rediscovery of a musical pearl from the Baroque World.

Earlier Event: April 25
Beethoven at 250