Symphonie Atlantique, an Intimate Orchestral Experience
By Rebecca Huber
Symphonie Atlantique —one of Europe’s most promising and exciting new ensembles —is touring in Mexico and is scheduled to give a special performance in San Miguel de Allende. This event will take place in one of the most beautiful buildings from the 19th century, “Centro Cultural Santa María del Obraje, Teatro La Troje” located at Calzada de la Presa 50. The performance, on Sunday November 9 at 5pm, will feature 18th century French music, including a virtuosic violin concerto by Jean-Marie Leclair, and the adventuresome, yet infamous, “Les Indes Galantes” by Jean-Philippe Rameau. Tickets at La Conexión, Teatro Ángela Peralta and La Biblioteca.
Sun, Nov 9, 5pm
Teatro La Troje
Centro Cultural Santa María del Obraje
Calzada de la Presa 90
Tickets at La Conexión, Teatro Ángela Peralta and La Biblioteca
Symphonie Atlantique, which is based in The Hague, The Netherlands, is an early music orchestra, in which the musicians play on historical classical instruments. This season, “Symphonie Atlantique” will perform their first international tour in Mexico and will have their Concertgebouw debut in Amsterdam, performing a semi-staged production of Handel’s “Giulio Cesare,” directed from the violin, in April 2015.
Directed from the violin by concertmaster Rebecca Huber (USA), the group’s focus is to create an intimate orchestral experience without a conductor. “Most of the time, musicians playing in an orchestra are under complete control of the conductor,” says Huber. “When everyone focuses on only one person, the conductor or soloist, for inspiration, something is lost in the performance. When we perform, we want every musician to participate in providing the inspiration and in contributing to the interpretation of the piece. We want to be an orchestra of soloists, which is a violinist specializing in both early and contemporary music.
After graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory with a bachelors degree in 2004, she attended the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands in The Hague. She received both bachelors and a masters degrees from the Royal Conservatory. In 2012, Rebecca was invited to join the newly formed conductor-less orchestra “Symphonie Atlantique” as artistic director and concertmaster. Since then, Symphonie Atlantique has performed at the Caixa Forums in Madrid and Barcelona, in the Dr. Anton Philpzaal Den Haag in a performance that was broadcast live on the radio, in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam with Michael Chance and Stefanie True, and as part of the Música Antica da Camera concert series.
In addition to their performances, Symphone Atlantique musicians will conduct a weeklong workshop for Mexican baroque musicians in Mexico City. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to listen to one of the world’s great early music ensembles!