“Come Dance with Us” – Trio Fleur de Lis recital Oct. 7


NATCHITOCHES – Trio Fleur de Lis will present a recital on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. in the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.


The trio consists of Northwestern State University faculty Dennette McDermott on baroque flute, Douglas Bakenhus on baroque bassoon and Francis Yang on harpsichord. Trio Fleur de Lis will also perform in Alexandria on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7:15 p.m. at the Sylvan Center at 1264 Canterbury Drive as part of the Nachtmusik recital series.


The program, “Venez danser avec nous (Come dance with us)” will include Troisiéme Suite in G major Op.2 by Jacques-Martin Hotteterre, “Sonata N.2 in d minor, op.2 La Vibray” by Michel Blavet, “Suite of Dances” by Jean-Daniel Braun,“Les Barricades Mystérieuses” by François Couperin and “Sonata N.2 in g minor op.91” and “Quatrième Suite in D Major, op.35” by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.


Dance and French culture have been inseparable for centuries. Louis the XIV was an avid dancer himself and is said to have practiced the courante daily for 22 years while Pierre Beauchamps was his dancing master. The tradition of French dance spread to other courts in Europe, and is documented by the employment of French dancing masters. At German courts, dances became performed between the acts of Italian operas.