Music Mas­saw­ippi Fes­ti­val Presents

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As part of the Music Mas­saw­ippi Fes­ti­val, Es­tria will be pre­sent­ing l’EN­SEM­BLE CAPRICE in a con­cert of baroque fa­vorites, this com­ing Satur­day June 11th at 8 pm at North Hat­ley’s St. El­iz­a­beth’s Church (3115 Capel­ton Road). The pro­gram, en­ti­tled « Vi­valdi Bach et cie iLove baroque », will fea­ture baroque works that have made this JUNO award win­ning en­sem­ble world fa­mous. The CAPRICE EN­SEM­BLE per­forms on pe­riod in­stru­ments and was founded by world ac­claimed recorder soloist Matthias Maute. In ad­di­tion to its own series in Mon­tréal, this group has toured ex­ten­sively in Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. L’EN­SEM­BLE CAPRICE also reg­u­larly takes part in a num-

ber of pres­ti­gious world baroque fes­ti­vals in Lon­don (Eng­land), New York, Bos­ton, Bruges, Utrecht, Ger­many and Tel Aviv, just to name but a few. Tick­ets for this very spe­cial event cost per per­son and reser­va­tions can be made by con­tact­ing Es­tria at 819-842-1072 or at es­tria@ cgo­ca­ble.ca.

En­sem­ble Caprice, a baroque en­sem­ble which per­forms on pe­riod in­stru­ments, was founded by ac­claimed recorder soloist Matthias Maute and has be­come known for its in­no­va­tive and ad­ven­ture­some ap­proach to an in­creas­ingly ex­pand­ing mu­si­cal reper­toire. In ad­di­tion to its series of con­certs in Mon­treal, the group tours ex­ten­sively, giv­ing dozens of con­certs in Que­bec, Canada, the USA, Europe, and even Asia. The en­sem­ble is a reg­u­lar guest at many pres­ti­gious Euro­pean fes­ti­vals: the Lufthansa Fes­ti­val of Baroque Music in Lon­don, the Bruges (Bel­gium) and Utrecht (Nether­lands) fes­ti­vals, the Feli­cia Blu­men­thal In­ter­na­tional Music Fes­ti­val in Tel Aviv; and in Ger­many, the Musik­fest­spiele Pots­dam Sanssouci, the Re­gens­burg Early Music Fes­ti­val, the Hän­del-Fest­spele in Halle, and the Stock­stadt fes­ti­val. In the USA the group per­forms at New York’s Frick Col­lec­tion and Miller Theater, Bos­ton’s Early Music Fes­ti­val and the Li­brary of Congress in Wash­ing­ton D.C. In Canada, the en­sem­ble can be heard at the Ot­tawa In­ter­na­tional Cham­ber Music Fes­ti­val, Early Music Van­cou­ver, Early Music Voices in Cal­gary, the Edmonton Cham­ber Music So­ci­ety, the Elora Fes­ti­val and the Fes­ti­val In­ter­na­tional du Do­maine For­get. This re­mark­able tour­ing sched­ule has es­tab­lished En­sem­ble Caprice as one of the most im­por­tant baroque en­sem­bles on the present day mu­si­cal scene. In Novem­ber of 2009, the New York Times pub­lished a lengthy ar­ti­cle hail­ing the mu­si­cians’ in­no­va­tive and re­fresh­ing ap­proach, prais­ing them as “imag­i­na­tive, even pow­er­ful; and the play­ing is top-flight”.

The En­sem­ble’s record­ing ac­tiv­ity is ev­ery bit as im­pres­sive, com­pris­ing over twenty CD’s hav­ing ap­peared on the Analekta, ATMA Clas­sique and Antes la­bels, sold in some fifty coun­tries around the world. These record­ings have gained many honors and much crit­i­cal ac­claim. The CD Glo­ria! Vi­valdi and his Angels re­ceived a Juno Award in 2009 from the Cana­dian record­ing in­dus­try. The Con­seil québé­cois de la musique pre­sented the group with three pres­ti­gious Prix Opus awards: “Per­former of the year”, “Con­cert of the year” for its per­for­mance of Bach’s B Mi­nor Mass dur­ing the 2011 Mon­treal Bach Fes­ti­val, and then again “Con­cert of the year” for Le Faste de la France, a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Studio de Musique an­ci­enne de Mon­tréal. En­sem­ble Caprice was also rec­og­nized for its artis­tic ap­proach and the qual­ity of its per­for­mances by be­ing se­lected “Peo­ple’s choice” (2008-2009 sea­son) and was a fi­nal­ist in the music cat­e­gory for the Mon­treal Arts Coun­cil’s Grand Prix de Mon­tréal for 2009. The group also earned the Echo Klas­sic award in Ger­many and sev­eral other nom­i­na­tions for the As­so­ci­a­tion québé­coise de l’in­dus­trie du disque and Prix Opus awards. And fi­nally, the ac­claimed pub­li­ca­tion Gramo­phone Mag­a­zine chose the group’s CD Tele­mann and the Baroque Gyp­sies as one of its rec­om­mended record­ings.

JUNO award win­ning En­sem­ble Caprice, who per­forms on pe­riod in­stru­ments, will present a con­cert this com­ing Satur­day, June 11th at 8 pm, at North Hat­ley’s St. El­iz­a­beth Church.

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