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French-Canadian ensemble to celebrate Champlain quadricentennial

SARANAC - As the year marches on, so does a continuing concert series honoring the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's exploration of North America.

Hill and Hollow Music, a nonprofit chamber music organization, will host a performance by celebrated Canadian baroque ensemble Les Bor ades de Montr al, Sunday, March 15. This is the fifth concert on the Hill and Hollow Music series commemorating the Champlain Quadricentennial 1609-2009.

The concert, which will be held at Saranac United Methodist Church, will feature the group's instrumental stylings in what Hill and Hollow Music co-founder Angela Brown expects to be a "top-notch performance."

"We are very thrilled to have them because this is one of the top baroque ensembles playing authentic period instruments in Canada today," said Brown. "They're very big."

The upcoming concert will be the first time in nearly a decade Les Bor ades de Montr al has performed for Hill and Hollow Music, said Brown. The ensemble has since become established across the world and has even performed at early music festivals in Europe, she said.

"They really have a global presence in the early music scene," said Brown. "I have people in our audiences that have been bugging me all these years to get them back."

Les Bor ades de Montr al was founded in 1991 by flautist Francis Colpron, who has been recognized as one of the most talented instrumentalists of his generation.

"He is just an amazing virtuoso," said Brown.

Colpron will be joined by five international guest musicians, performing on a pair of recorders/baroque flutes and a pair of baroque violins, as well as a harpsichord and viola da gamba.

The ensemble's program, titled "Apoth oses Fran aises," features masterpieces of the French baroque period with works by Lully, Marais, and other composers. The music is true to the time of Champlain's journey to the New World and was the style of music composed for members of high society during that time period, said Brown.

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