Carnegie Hall today announced that it will present acclaimed conductor William Christie and the early-music ensemble Les Arts Florissants on Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall. The performance features Charpentier’s Te Deum à 4 voix; Le reniement de St. Pierre; Magnificat, H. 73; Litanies de la vierge à 6 voix et 2 dessus de violes; and Lully’s Salve regina and Regina coeli. Singers and instrumentalists include sopranos Claire Debono and Ana Quintans, mezzo-soprano Isabelle Druet, haute-contre Paul Agnew, bass Jonathan Sells, violinists Ada Pesch and Florence Malgoire, and cellist David Simpson. This performance marks the Carnegie Hall debut of both William Christie and Les Arts Florissants.
William Christie is a harpsichordist, conductor, musicologist, and teacher. His pioneering work has led to a renewed appreciation of Baroque music in France, most notably of 17th and 18th-century French repertoire, which he has introduced to a very wide audience. Born in Buffalo, NY, Mr. Christie studied at Harvard and Yale Universities, and has lived in France since 1971. A major turning point in his career came in 1979 when he founded Les Arts Florissants. As Director of this vocal and instrumental ensemble, Mr. Christie soon made his mark as a musician and man of the theatre, in both the concert hall and the opera house, with new interpretations of largely neglected or forgotten early music repertoire.
Tickets, priced at $56 and $62, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street. Tickets may also be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or online by visiting www.carnegiehall.org .