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