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Founded in 1989, the Orchestre de Bretagne has fast risen to a level commensurate with European ensembles that have been around for centuries. The orchestra’s current tour of the United States brings them to stops in both Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Led by charismatic music director Stefan Sanderling (inset), the Orchestra de Bretagne is renowned for its interpretations of Mozart. But in Brooklyn, the group plays a program heavily weighed toward its own countrymen on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 pm at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts.

Leading off with Claude Debussy’s "Petite Suite," Sanderling and his cohorts then welcome Chinese-born pianist Frederick Chiu, the soloist in Camille Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor. Gabriel Faure’s lovely "Pavane" follows, and the concert closes with the lone "outsider," the German Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A Major.

For an orchestra in the international spotlight for just over a decade, the Orchestre de Bretagne already has constant buzz over its performances; the ensemble’s Brooklyn appearance gives local music lovers a chance to hear what all the fuss is about - since, as the saying goes, no one plays French music better than the French.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is located at Brooklyn College, one block from the intersection of Flatbush and Nostrand avenues. Tickets are $30. For more information call the box office (718) 951-4500 or go to the Web site at

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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