Sher­brooke Wind En­sem­ble looks at lit­er­a­ture for first 2018-19 con­cert

Sherbrooke Record - - TALK - Record Staff

The En­sem­ble a Vents de Sher­brooke (EVS), a Sher­brooke-based wind en­sem­ble, is invit­ing the pub­lic to dive into the magic of lit­er­a­ture-in­spired mu­sic for its first con­cert of the 20182019 sea­son on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3, at Bishop’s Univer­sity’s Centennial The­atre.

For this first sea­sonal out­ing, the EVS will bring au­di­ences into the lit­er­ary scene with three mu­si­cal com­po­si­tions for pro­duc­tions of Shakespeare plays, as well as works in­spired by pop­u­lar fairy tales, Hans Christian An­der­son, the poignant poem of a 13-year-old Is­raeli teenager who shares her feel­ings about the Is­raeli-pales­tinian con­flict, end­ing with the mag­i­cal world of the Broth­ers Grimm and their fan­ci­ful world.

Dur­ing this con­cert, the EVS will wel­come a very spe­cial au­di­ence since it will cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of the As­so­ci­a­tion des au­teurs et au­teures de l'es­trie (AAAE) and the four decades of the Salon du Livre de l ' Es­trie. For the oc­ca­sion, the pro­gram­ming of the con­cert will high­light both the achieve­ments of our au­thors here and pas­sages of the works that in­spired the reper­toire of the con­cert. Ac­cord­ing to the EVS Mu­sic Direc­tor, François Bernier, "It has been a great chal­lenge to find and put to­gether a reper­toire en­tirely in­spired by lit­er­ary works. Once again, the wind orches­tra reper­toire has proven its ver­sa­til­ity and abil­ity to adapt to any theme ".

Af­ter hav­ing en­joyed a huge suc­cess for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year in the pro­duc­tion of the Nutcracker bal­let last De­cem­ber, the EVS went on to sell out Place Nik­i­totek again last Au­gust with its con­cept con­cert on the mu­sic of Star Wars. With five con­certs per sea­son of very dif­fer­ent reper­toires, the EVS is prov­ing more than ever that it is a very high level en­sem­ble, a great train­ing school for younger mu­si­cians, and an orches­tra that stands out for the qual­ity of its ben­e­fits and speed of learn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Bernier, who has been di­rect­ing the EVS for 18 years, "for a cen­tury, com­posers have be­come in­creas­ingly in­ter­ested in the colours of the sound pal­ette, the bril­liance, and the power of the great wind orches­tra, where wood, brass and per­cus­sion of all kinds com­bine their re­spec­tive sonori­ties to create melodic and rhyth­mic ef­fects, each just as strik­ing as the oth­ers. As a re­sult, the last decades have given birth to a vast reper­toire for large wind orches­tra, an in­ter­na­tional reper­toire that is con­stantly re­newed, each cal­en­dar year de­liv­er­ing its har­vest of new works. "

Cre­ated in 1982, the EVS cur­rently has close to 60 mu­si­cians and is con­sid­ered one of the best wind or­ches­tras in Que­bec.

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