September 12, 2020 @ 7:30 pm – September 26, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Musique Royale’s concerts featuring early music and more, filmed in historic venues across Nova Scotia, continue with Bad Bay Composers – Gatto Dolce, premiering Saturday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. The concert takes place inside Mountain Cemetery Chapel in Yarmouth. You can watch it live on Facebook, and then for two weeks after on Musique Royale’s YouTube channel.

Ever wondered which composers spent time in jail? Who fought duels? Who treated their wives and lovers badly? They may have written heavenly music, but they were no angels! Join the Gatto Dolce Duo as they explore the dark side of classical composers, with music from Bach, Lully, Gesualdo and more!

Colin Matthews (cello) and Symphony Nova Scotia’s Principal Bass,
Max Kasper, first met over twenty years ago while both were students in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. After a decade of playing in different parts of the country, Colin and Max found themselves living in Halifax where they started reading duets for fun. These readings evolved into being more serious once both musicians discovered the potential of this combination. Now they perform great chamber music with humorous anecdotes on the life and times of the composers.

Their debut concert was at Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs. Since then Max and Colin have played in many places around the province, including the Octagon, the Lillian Piercy Concert Hall and the Music Room. They have just completed their first CD, Gatto Dolce Duo, Duets for Cello and Bass.

Based in the World Heritage Town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Musique Royale has been dedicated to promoting traditional and early music in historic venues throughout the province for thirty-five years.  Founded in 1985 by John Grew and a small group of dedicated friends, the French and English overtones in the festival’s name were chosen to pay homage to the presence of two cultural forces in Nova Scotian’s development.  Musique Royale is generously supported by Arts Nova Scotia, the Lloyd Carr Harris Foundation, the Craig Foundation, the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and the federal Department of Canadian Heritage.  For more information, please visit musiqueroyale.com.

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