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Anner Bylsma, ’cellist

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Les Folies Françoises

directed by Patrick Cohën-Akenine, violin

Friday, March 19, 2010 at 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Free pre-concert talk at 7pm

Tickets: $64, $49, $38, $19 – reserved seating

Patrick Cohën-Akenine, violin


François Poly, 'cello                                                     Beatrice Martin, harpsichord

Great Parisian Masters under Louis XV:

Music of Leclair, Barrière, and Royer

Led by dynamic violinist Patrick Cohën-Akenine, the French chamber ensemble Les Folies Françoises breathes new life into the wide instrumental repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, in the Baroque spirit of freedom, plurality, and creativity that inspired the musicians of the Grand Siècle. Taking its name from François Couperin’s Treizième Ordre, Les Folies Françoises aims to express the full palette of colours and feelings that characterize the musical tastes of the period. They make their Boston Early Music Festival début with a program of music by Leclair, Barriere, and Royer, court musicians to the infamous Louis XV.