Montreal, September 5, 2019 – Ars subtilior, a complex and refined musical style derived from the Ars Nova, was the starting point for a unique collaboration between Ensemble Caprice and Constantinople. This encounter has produced an innovative new concert production, Près du Soleil/Near the Sun, featuring a refined blending of medieval, European and Eastern musical colours. The new Montreal season is set to begin on September 21st at 8:00 p.m. in Bourgie Concert Hall, 1339 Sherbrooke St. W.
A Collaboration involving Constantinople, soprano Rebecca Dowd, and Persian vocalist Kiya Tabassian
Près du Soleil/Near the Sun, invites audiences to let themselves be carried away on an enchanting voyage as the sounds and complex rhythms of the instruments of the Iranian-Quebecois group Constantinop Rebecca le mingle with those of Ensemble Caprice’s vielle and recorders.
The voices of soprano Dowd and Persian vocalist Kiya Tabassian will intertwine beautifully with the musical colours of the medieval pieces on the programme, which will include, among other offerings: Libre Vermell, Matteo di Perugia, and Johannes Ciconia.
In the words of conductor Matthias Maute: “For thirty years, our inspiration has been fed by our quest for innovation and our search for local and international musical talent. This concert demonstrates Ensemble Caprice’s versatility and adaptability, its capacity to embraces eclectic and non-conventional repertory.”
Près du Soleil/Near the Sun Near elsewhere in Canada
Ottawa, September 19, Quebec, September 20, Saulnierville, September 25, Halifax, September 26, Lunenburg, September 27, Sackville, Nova Scotia, September 27-28.
Online ticket purchases: www.ensemblecaprice.com
About Ensemble Caprice
During the last thirty years, ENSEMBLE CAPRICE has made a substantial contribution to the culture of classical music in Quebec and has played a significant role in bringing the great works of the classical music repertoire to audiences in Montreal and throughout Quebec. Ensemble Caprice performs some fifty concerts a year on four continents and hires nearly 600 musicians each year. In addition to its regular series of concerts in Quebec, the Ensemble goes on yearly tours to other Canadian provinces, Europe, Asia, Latin America and South Africa.