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Lunchtimes at Elder Hall 2014 Opening Concert Announced

The popular Lunchtimes at Elder Hall resumes for 2014 at 1.10pm Friday 28 February with the elegant ensemble: Ensemble Galante performing music by Jean-Phillipe Rameau composed for Madame de Pompadour in the 18th century. This captivating music is very French, it is after all about love. The Surprises of Love performed by six acclaimed musicians, many on Baroque instruments will sweep you away with romanticism, the elan and savoir faire of the French court. Admission $10, doors open 12.30pm.

Opens with Glorious Music from Madame de Pompadour's French Court
1.10pm Friday 28 February 2014
Admission $10 at Door

Ensemble Galante
The Surprises of Love - Music of Rameau
Elegant, graceful, yes. Also strong, disciplined, even heroic. Superb technicians, O'Donnell and Nott made complex passage work sound easy in the fast movements. Elizabeth Silsbury, Adelaide Advertiser.

The elegantly stylish Ensemble Galante launches this year's Lunchtimes at Elder Hall concert series with a program: The Surprises of Love by the 18th century French composer Jean-Phillipe Rameau. The Surprises of Love, Elder Hall, North Terrace, 1.10pm Friday 28, February, 2014, admission $10 at the door from 12.30pm.
The Surprises of Love takes its name from Rameau's opera-ballet Les Surprises de l'Amour which was first performed in Paris in 1758, although it was composed a decade earlier for King Louis XV's chief mistress Madame de Pompadour (The maîtresse-en-titre). It was performed in the private theatre in Versailles. The music extorts us to hear the voice of pleasure, it's a restrained yet hedonistic celebration of carnality that juxtaposes a succession of contrasting erotic narratives from classical literature.
Madame de Pompdour by Francois Boucher 1750

The Ensemble Galante is a network of performers who perform on period instruments and are dedicated to bringing audiences dynamic and informed performances of music from the past. The group focuses on music from the High Baroque, Galante, and Early Classical styles of the 18th Century.

This concert brings together six acclaimed musicians - all of whom share a passion for the Baroque: Tim Nott, flute, Brendan O'Donnell, Recorder, Emily Dollman, Baroque Violin, Sarah King, Baroque Violin, Hilary Kleinig, Baroque Cello and guest Soprano Tessa Miller.

The program for the delightful The Surprises of Love is:
Cantata Orphee
Pieces de Clavecin en Concerts: Cinquieme Concert and excepts from Les Surprises de L'Amour.

The highly regarded Elder Hall series of concerts are enjoyed by audiences young and old with many different tastes in music. Performers range from international artists to local musicians and some on the first ladder to successful careers. There is a great diversity of styles and genres encompassing many eras. Prices for Lunchtime concerts are kept deliberately affordable to ensure that all have access to enjoying great music performed by exciting musicians.

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