A French-Canadian orchestra and an Israeli pianist combine their talents for a program of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Presented by the Yavapai Symphony Association (YSA), Les Violons du Roy Chamber Ensemble with guest soloist Inon Barnatan will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Jim & Linda Lee Performing Arts Center, on Yavapai College’s Prescott Campus, 1100 E. Sheldon St.

“This is my first time performing with them,” Barnatan said. “When the offer came from the orchestra, they wanted to do a tour together, I was thrilled because I had heard about them and friends of mine, they’ve played with them and I heard them perform before but I’ve never had a chance work with them. So, this is going to be a fun week for me.”

Barnatan was the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Artist-in-Association and has played with the BBC Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and most major orchestras in the U.S., as well as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra Symphony, and the London, Helsinki, Hong Kong, and Royal Stockholm philharmonics.

Taking its name from the court orchestra of French kings, Les Violons du Roy was founded in Québec City 39 years ago to explore chamber music in performances that matched the period of each work’s composition. The 15-member ensemble plays modern instruments with period bows for Baroque and Classical music.

According to Barnatan, one of the highlights of this performance is the piano concerto, which was composed by Johann Sebastian Bach’s son. “We all know Bach, but this is one of Bach’s sons,” Barnatan said. “This is his most well-known son, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, we usually call him C.P.E. Bach, who was the link between Bach and the works of Mozart and Beethoven and kind of helped pave the way to that style to get from Baroque to the classical romantic styles.”

The program for the concert includes W.A. Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546; C.P.E. Bach’s Piano Concerto in D Minor, Wq.17, H. 420; F. Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 6 in E-Flat Major and String Symphony No. 2 in D Major; and D. Chostakovitch’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35.

For more information about Les Violons Du Roi, visit www.violonsduroy.com/en/les-violons-du-roy. For more information about Inon Barnatan, visit www.inonbarnatan.com.

Tickets are $36 to $54 and are available only by contacting the Yavapai Symphony Association at 928-776-4255. For more information, call the YSA or visit www.yavapaisymphony.org.

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