Screening & Performance + Q&A
An Evening of Music & Film with William Christie
Monday, April 24, 2023
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Join us for an evening with William Christie: harpsichordist, conductor, and founder of the world-renowned baroque-music ensemble Les Arts Florissants.
The evening will begin with a 50-minute documentary, The Art of Giving. Jarmila Buzková’s film shadows Juilliard students during a trip to Vendée, France for their training at the Académie du Jardin des Voix, under the guidance of William Christie.
Following the film, William Christie and violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte will perform excerpts from beloved sonatas by Handel and Corelli, amongst others—a preview of their April 25th Carnegie Hall performance.
The performance will be followed by a conversation and audience Q&A with Christie and de Swarte, moderated by Karin Brookes, Administrative Director of Historical Performance at the Juilliard School.
William Christie’s book, Cultiver l’emotion, will be available for purchase during the program.
Approx. 90 mins
William Christie, harpsichordist, conductor, musicologist, and teacher, is the inspiration behind one of the most exciting musical adventures of the last thirty years.
A pioneer in the rediscovery of Baroque music, he has introduced the repertoire of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France to a wide audience. Born in Buffalo, NY and educated at Harvard and Yale, Christie has lived in France since 1971. The turning point in his career came in 1979, when he founded Les Arts Florissants.
Théotime Langlois de Swarte
Théotime Langlois de Swarte’s is a musician with his choice of repertoire ranging from the 17th century to contemporary creation.
After studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) in the class of Michaël Hentz, Théotime founded the ensemble Le Consort with the harpsichordist Justin Taylor. de Swarte’s concerts have taken him all over the world to prestigious venues such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Shanghai National Art Center, the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles and, more recently, to the Philharmonie de Paris. de Swarte’s most recent album features a French program of sonatas by Leclair and Sénaillé, performend in a duo with William Christie.
Karin Brookes is administrative director of Juilliard Historical Performance.
Prior to joining Juilliard in August 2021, she was executive director of Early Music America, where she developed initiatives to support early musicians, and mentored emerging professionals in the field of Historical Performance. During the pandemic, she created virtual programming for musicians and raised and distributed funds for musicians in need. Originally from the U.K., Brookes was assistant to Christopher Hogwood and manager of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge before relocating to the USA 25 years ago. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in French and music from the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge, and a master of journalism degree from Temple University.