The Brandenburg at the NGA, Canberra!

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Join the Brandenburg Ensemble at the National Gallery of Australia and experience a fascinating period of French history, here in Australia, in the Versailles: Treasures from the Palace exhibition

More than 130 paintings, intricate tapestries, gilded furniture items, monumental statues and other objects from the royal gardens, and personal items from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, will bring to life the reigns of three Kings, their Queens and mistresses in a fascinating and often tumultuous period of French history.

Saturday 4 February 2.00pm
Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

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A lecture on behaviour, style and music at the court of Versailles by Paul Dyer, Artistic Director, accompanied by the musicians of the Brandenburg Ensemble

Paul Dyer, Artistic Director, and musicians of the Brandenburg Ensemble explore the importance of music at Versailles, with historical references to the instruments played and the politics of music and etiquette of the court. There will be many examples of the glorious music of this period drawn from the popular composers of the day, including Lully, Rameau, Mondonville and Leclair.

$45, $40 concession, $35 NGA members

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Saturday 11 February 2.00pm
Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

ABO Versailles Concert: The king’s passions: the music and art of Versailles

The Brandenburg Ensemble performs music by Mondonville, Leclair, Quentin le Jeune and Muffat, bringing to life the architectural beauty and art of Chateau Versailles which will be accompanied by imagery of the art and the architecture of the Chateau.

King Louis XIV transferred the seat of French government to Versailles in 1682 and in doing so created a magnificent palace that was regarded throughout Europe as the pinnacle of architectural style and beauty.  The extensive influence of Chateau Versailles went beyond the sumptuous scale and beauty of the palace itself to include inspirational art and music.  Louis XIV adored the creative arts and to showcase their beauty he utilised the galleries and salons of Chateau Versailles for frequent performances of music, theatre and dance.  French baroque music emerged as a dominant and lasting influence but such music could perhaps not have been created were it not for the majesty of the art of the Chateau Versailles itself, surrounding the King and his court. 

$65, $60 concession, $55 NGA members, $30 under 30

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Versailles: Treasures from the Palace will be on show in Canberra from 9 December 2016, for more information visit the NGA website

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