Friday, December 6, 2019 | 8:30pm
$35 Advance / $40 Door *
Ensemble Vivant has been thrilling audiences of all ages in concert and on Recordings for over 3 decades. A favourite wherever the group performs, Ensemble Vivant receives accolades internationally. A pioneer in the piano chamber music world, Ensemble Vivant’s exciting, innovative programming ranges from Classical to the syncopated rhythms of Ragtime, music of The Great American Songbook, Latin, and other Jazz related styles. Ensemble Vivant’s unique core instrumentation of piano, violin, viola, cello and bass, suggests and delivers these diverse musical genres, which the group has been steeped in for over 30 years. Frequently joining the core quintet are greats from the Toronto Jazz community, including Don Thompson, O.C., vibes, Kevin Turcotte, trumpet/flugelhorn; Mike Murley, sax; Nick Fraser, drums; Juan Carlos Medrano, Latin Percussion, and others. Passionate, virtuosic performances and a warm engaging rapport with all audiences add to the immense appeal of this unique, much adored group. Jazz great Rick Wilkins, C.M. commented: “This is the highest-level chamber music-making. No matter the genre, there is magic in Ensemble Vivant’s music-making.” Ensemble Vivant record’s for Opening Day Entertainment Group and Latin Romance is the group’s 14th recording through the registered, non-profit charity, Euterpe: Music is the Key,
Ensemble Vivant is known for fostering a love of great music among our youth. Live, high calibre, interactive, inspirational performances of Classical, Jazz and related musical styles are brought to those who might not otherwise be exposed to these life-enhancing opportunities. With a principal focus on children, these musical genres are known to provide inestimable benefits to the developing brain. Euterpe’s invaluable musical initiatives have been endorsed by the scientific community and have been enriching the lives of children and their communities for over a dozen years.
“Ensemble Vivant… great warmth and swing…what you get is absolute magic.” – The WholeNote
“Molti bravi Ensemble Vivant!…Please return soon!” – de Blasiis CMS at the Hyde, Glens Falls, NY, USA
“To my heart, your rendition of ‘Oblivion is the most touching I have ever heard. Bravo!” – Radio Classique, Montréal
“Led by a remarkable pianist, Catherine Wilson, Ensemble Vivant boasts a collection of musicians whose abilities and qualifications are second to none…highlight of the Kelowna Community Concert Association series…Merci Ensemble Vivant.” – Kelowna B.C. Performing Arts
“Ensemble Vivant does a fantastic job with the nuevo tango of Astor Piazzolla…these musicians capture the passion as well as the verve… Wilson’s piano gives this music unerring drive and plenty of sparkle.” – Toronto Star
“Beautiful, poised performances reveal the deep musicianship and light interpretive touch of these Toronto-based musicians led by pianist Catherine Wilson.” – Toronto Star
“…precisions of sonority, dynamics and rhythm that Ensemble Vivant, led by pianist Catherine Wilson, fully deliver….the intricate ensemble writing is performed magnificently…a moving experience… Wilson’s playing is evocative.” – The WholeNote
“…thoroughly enjoyable…” – Boston Herald, USA
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