The Performing Arts Centre in Stettler witnessed one of the most enchanting musical acts as the duo, harpist Valérie Milot and violinist Antoine Bareil took to the stage on Sunday afternoon and evening, Feb. 5.
Playing tunes that were classically inclined to original Western soundtracks to some of Simon and Garfunkel’s more popular numbers, Milot and Bareil gave an exceptional performance, enrapturing the audience.
The crowd’s appreciation was truly an indication of how well received the music was.
A couple in life, as well as on stage, Bareil will often create custom-made arrangements and transcription, which highlights the duo’s unique signature style, stressing on the harmony of their similarities and differences.
Both Milot and Bareil were awarded the prestigious Prix avec grande distinction upon completion of their studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières.
Milot won the prestigious Prix d’Europe scholarship and went on to work on her art in New York under the tutelage of Rita Costanzi, while Bareil pursued his studies with Paul Roczek at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg in Austria.
Stettler Variety Showcase has once again done an outstanding job of bringing some of the best musicians to the community.
The evening reflected the relationship of the performers and their passion for the music they played.
Performing duos and duels, their music showcased the dynamics between the violin and harp.
While some works paired the instruments as a beautifully intertwined duo, other works pitted them in an artistic battle of virtuosity.
Between numbers, the musicians narrated stories about their music, and shared anecdotes about their own experiences.