Since its creation in 1987, the Chamber Choir of Namur has promoted the musical heritage of its region of origin (through concerts and recordings of work by Lassus, Rogier, Hayne, Du Mont, Fiocco, Gossec, Grétry) while also taking on great works from the choral repertoire (including Handel’s oratorios, Bach’s Mass, Motets and Passions, Mozart’s Requiem and Fauré.)

Invited to the most renowned festivals of Europe, The Chamber Choir of Namur regularly sings under the direction of such prestigious choral directors as Eric Ericson, Marc Minkowski, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Simon Halsey, Sigiswald Kuijken, Jean Tubéry, Federico Maria Sardelli, Patrick Davin, Roy Goodman, Michael Schneider, Philippe Pierlot, Philippe Herreweghe, Peter Philips, Jordi Savall, Christophe Rousset, Eduardo López Banzo, Guy Van Waas and Andreas Scholl.

The Choir has made a number of recordings, notably with the label Ricercar, which have been critically acclaimed (nominations at the Victoires de la Musique Classique, Choc de Classica, Diapason d’Or, Joker de Crescendo, 4F de Télérama, Editor’s Choice of Gramophone and the Prix Caecilia of the Belgian Press). It was awarded the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros in 2003, the Prix de l’Académie Française in 2006, the Octave de la Musique in 2007 and in 2012 the Chamber Choir of Namur won in the categories ‘Classical Music’ and ‘Show of the Year.’

In 2010, the artistic direction of the Chamber Choir of Namur was entrusted to the young Argentinian choral director, Leonardo García Alarcón.  This new collaboration garnered instant success in concerts and CD sales (Handel’s Maccabaeus, Vivaldi’s Vespro a San Marco, Falvetti’s Il Diluvio universale and Nabucco, Giorgi’s Motets and Mass, J. S. Bach’s profane Cantatas, Mozart’s Requiem, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, Lassus’ Mass and Motets.)

 In 2016, the Chamber Choir of Namur took part in its first stage production at the Paris Opera (Cavalli’s Eliogabalo).  2017 will be the year of the creation of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, which will take the Choir throughout the whole of Europe and South America.  The Choir’s repertoire is very broad, ranging from music from the Middle Ages to contemporary pieces.

The Chamber Choir of Namur is funded by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (department of music and dance), the Belgian National Lottery, and the City and Province of Namur. It is also funded by the Port Autonome de Namur.

 

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Concerts

Falvetti, Il Diluvio Universale

3 forthcoming concerts | Infos / Ticket

In the tradition of Carissimi and Handel, Falvetti’s very original music expresses the strong cross-cultural dimension of Sicily, a land blending singing from the East and West. Il Diluvio Universale, “dialogue with…

Falvetti, Il Diluvio Universale

Monteverdi, Orfeo

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The talented conductor Leonardo García Alarcón is returning to the Centre for Fine Arts at the head of “his groups” to celebrate the 410th anniversary of the creation, in Mantua, of this opera which is one of the first…

Monteverdi, Orfeo

Lully, Alceste

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Judith Van Wanroij Alceste
Emiliano Gonzalez Toro Admète / Apollo / 2nd triton
Edwin Crossley-Mercer Alcide
Marie-Claude Chappuis Céphise / Glory / A shadow
Enguerrand de Hys Lychas / Phérès / Alecton / 1st triton
Douglas…

Lully, Alceste

2 forthcoming concerts | Infos / Ticket

PROGRAM Antonio Nola (1642 -1715)
Stabat Mater dolorosa for 4 voices
In Manus tuas for 4 voices Gaetano Veneziano (1656-1716)
Passio per il Venerdi Santo   Valer Sabadus, Counter-tenor, Evangelist
Makoto…

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Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de LiègeChristian Arming conductor – Choeur de chambre de NamurMaria Espada soprano – Johannes Chum tenor – Dietrich Henschel baritone PROGRAMME Die Schöpfung, Hob.XXI:2 Joseph…

André Campra Requiem

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André Campra Requiem   Jean-Philippe Rameau In convertendo Les Talens Lyriques
Choeur de chambre de Namur
Christophe Rousset, direction
Caroline Arnaud, dessus I
Eva Zaïcik, dessus II
Philippe Gagné, haute-contre

André Campra Requiem

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Opera in semi-staged version MUSIC Antonio Draghi
LIBRETTO Antonio Draghi, based on the play by Calderón CAPPELLA MEDITERRANEA
NAMUR CHAMBER CHOIR
MUSICAL DIRECTOR Leonardo García Alarcón
STAGING Gustavo Tambascio
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Leonardo García Alarcón Artistic director

After studying the piano in Argentina, Leonardo García Alarcón moved to Europe in 1997 for advanced studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève in the harpsichord class of Christiane Jaccottet. He was a member of Ensemble Elyma, and became Gabriel Garrido’s assistant before founding his own ensemble, Cappella Mediterranea, in 2005. From 2010 to 2013, he was in residence at the Centre Culturel de Rencontre d’Ambronay, where he is now an associate artist. 

In 2010, he was appointed artistic director and principal conductor of the Choeur de Chambre de Namur. In 2015, he founded the Millenium Orchestra. He is also a professor of harpsichord conducting and Baroque vocal interpretation at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève. 

His discography—with Cappella Mediterranea, the Namur Chamber Choir, and Millenium Orchestra—has received widespread critical acclaim.

As a conductor and harpsichordist, he is invited to perform at festivals and concert halls the world over, including the opera houses of Montpellier, Lyon, Nantes, Rennes, and Lille; Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires; Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; Opéra de Monte-Carlo; Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris; Wigmore Hall in London; and Teatro Massimo in Palermo. He has conducted the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, and Freiburger Barockorchester, among others. 

Since its first modern performance under his direction in 2011, Falvetti’s Il diluvio universale has been heard all over Europe, with concerts scheduled in 2016 and 2017 at the Vienna Konzerthaus and venues in Versailles and Geneva.

Following the success of Cavalli’s Elena at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2013, Leonardo García Alarcón also has been invited to appear at international opera houses, including the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, Opéra national de Paris, and Dutch National Opera and Ballet in Amsterdam.

In 2017, he will conduct three of Cavalli’s operas: Giasone in Geneva, Erismena in Aix-en-Provence, and Eliogabalo in Amsterdam. He also will lead Monteverdi’s Orfeo in Europe this spring, before taking it on tour to South America next fall.

Leonardo Garcia Alarcón english 01:2017

 

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