Les Nations: High Baroque Trio Sonatas

Bloomfield Hills
Friday, February 23, 8 PM

Ann Arbor
Saturday, February 24, 8 PM

Before Feb. 16 – $30 General / $25 Seniors / $10 Students
After Feb. 16 – $35 General / $30 Seniors / $15 Students


Pre-Concert Lecture starts at 7:15pm

Their program of High Baroque trio sonatas explores the variety of styles used by composers of different nationalities. Built around François Couperin’s Les Nations, it will include works by Arcangelo Corelli, William Boyce, and George Frederic Handel, ending with the Sebastians’ signature rendition of Antonio Vivaldi’s Folia.

Lauded as “everywhere sharp-edged and engaging” (The New York Times), the Sebastians have been praised for their “well-thought-out articulation and phrasing” (Early Music Review) and “elegant string playing… immaculate in tuning and balance” (Early Music Today). Their debut album was praised for the ensemble’s “beautifully-nuanced playing and thoughtful expressivity.” Winners of the Audience Prize at the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition, the Sebastians were also finalists in the 2011 York International Early Music Competition and the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos Recording Competition.

“…of the demand for this group, there can be little doubt…. energetic… youthful, vigorous performance style…” — New York Times

“…a worthy addition to any concert series accustomed to hearing leading mainstream string quartets” — Early Music America

The Sebastians website: http://www.sebastians.org/