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Arts at Noon Series: Ensemble Caprice

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
12:00 p.m.


  • Cook-DeWitt Center


“The group’s arrangements are imaginative, even powerful, and the playing is topflight.” New York Times

“The ensemble has established itself as an immensely thoughtful and progressive force on the musical scene.” New York Times

“The music making by Ensemble Caprice was first rate.” New York Times

“Matthias Maute finds fresh, vibrant colors in Shostakovich’s music.” The New Yorker

“This is not only one of the most beautiful classical albums of the year; it is also one of the most inventive.” Toronto Star

“The artists’ physical involvement and infectious enjoyment, conveyed through body rhythms and expression, were what music should always be about.” Washington Post

“It was an unforgettable evening, the kind that leaves you contemplating large questions and wondering why so
few performances do.” Montreal Gazette

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”.



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