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ABSINTHE & COMPAGNIE - CLASSICAL MUSIC

Franz Schubert, Louise Farrenc et Victor Davies' compositions performed by the Absinthe Ensemble (Anne Duranceau, Edgar Bridwell, and Isabelle Roland) accompanied by cellist Zoltan Rozsnyai and pianist Anna Levy. An amazing classical music evening ahead!

To comply with the B.C. government’s health and safety regulations, the show will be only live-streamed, so that everyone in the francophone community can enjoy it. The show will be video-recorded and broadcast live on the online ticket website "thepointofsale.com". Once you have purchased tickets on the website, you will receive a streaming link by email. This link is unique and cannot be shared.  

RATES – ABSINTHE & COMPAGNIE - CLASSICAL MUSIC

Member / CSF student* ticket: 5$

Non-member ticket: $10

*Members of Le Centre and CSF students: to benefit from member’s prices when you make payment on thepointofsale.com, you will need to enter your password in the "Online admission - Member / Student" section. This code was sent to you by email by Le Centre or by your school/university (so you might need to check your junk mailbox). You can also retrieve your code by contacting Le Centre at 604-736-9806 or by email at info@lecentreculturel.com.

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THIS EVENING IS PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SHOWCASE PIANOS | FAZIOLI

ABSINTHE & COMPAGNIE

The Absinthe Ensemble invites its virtual audience to an intimate concert of chamber music for string quintet with piano. It will consist mainly of music from the Romantic era, but there will also be a short contemporary piece, packed with entertaining rhythms and humour. For the occasion, pianist Anna Levy and cellist Zoltan Rozsnyai will join the regular Absinthe trio, which consists of a violin, a viola and a contrabass. The “pièce de résistance” of the program is the Schubert quintet called “Die Forella” or “The Trout”, inspired by the Lied for solo voice and piano of the same name. The musicians will also perform a very beautiful quintet—much less known today but popular in the 19th century—by the French composer Louise Farrenc. A suite of six charming jazzy vignettes by the Canadian composer Victor Davies will close the performance.

Repertoire

Franz Schubert (Austria, 1797 - 1828): Quintet in A minor, D. 667 “The Trout”

               Allegro vivace, Andante, Presto, Andantino - allegretto (theme and variations), Allegro giusto.     

Louise Farrenc (France, 1804 - 1875): Quintet for Piano No. 1 in A minor opus 30

               Allegro, Adagio non troppo, Scherzo (presto), Finale (allegro)    

Victor Davies (Canada, 1939 - ): The Colours of Jazz

               1. Sweet Swing, 2. In the Alley, 3. Crazy Rags, 4. Midnight Melancholy, 5. Bebop Fiction, 6. Blues for Philly

 

Absinthe Ensemble

Born of the fortuitous encounter of a violin, a viola and a contrabass, the Absinthe Ensemble was formed in 2003. At the time, it featured Edgar Bridwell on the violin, Martina Smazal on the viola, and Anne Duranceau on the contrabass. The first time they played together, the three musicians were mesmerized by the warmth and depth of this instrument combination. They decided to get together as often as possible to explore the possibilities it offered: a trio was born. In 2011, Martina left British Columbia and the violist Isabelle Roland quickly earned her place in the ensemble. All three have extensive chamber music experience and are active on Vancouver’s musical scene. 

The Absinthe Ensemble plays for all kinds of private and public events and occasionally accompanies francophone singer-songwriters. The trio shared the stage with pianist Linda Lee Thomas in the “Projet Tango” concert at L’Éthéâtre, accompanied the lyrical duo Laplante-Duval in a tribute to “100 Years of Francophone Cinema”, performed at a special open-door event at CBC/Radio-Canada, played at the Francodôme on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Quebec City and the 150th anniversary of British Columbia, and participated in the Cultural Olympics leading up to the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. Absinthe’s repertoire is grounded in classical music, but the ensemble also reserves a special place for other genres, happily shifting between waltz and tango, film music and jazz, compositions from the French Renaissance and traditional world music, on an eclectic voyage of musical discovery.

 

Anne Duranceau, bass

Anne Duranceau was born in Montreal but lived mostly in Quebec City before moving to Vancouver. After a short career as a ballet dancer, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in contrabass from Laval University under Rénald St-Pierre and a Master’s degree in Music at the University of Arizona where she studied with Patrick Neher. She also travelled to participate in many workshops and music festivals in North America and Europe, where she had the opportunity to work with several masters of international renown, including David Walter and François Rabbath. She plays with several orchestras, including as principal bass for Lions Gate Sinfonia, and with various chamber groups, including Vancouver Viols.

 

 

 

Edgar Bridwell, violin

Edgar Bridwell was born in Illinois but has lived in BC and Montreal most of his life. A multi-faceted artist, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from Concordia University in Montreal and has also studied at Emily Carr University. Aside from being a sought-after musician, he is a professional animator. He participated in many music festivals and distinguished himself in various competitions. He later performed, recorded several albums and toured internationally with Ray Condo and his Hardrock Goners and other bands. A versatile player, he has continued to be active in classical music, playing violin with the Lions Gate Sinfonia Orchestra and various other Vancouver ensembles. He is also a member of Vancouver Viols and the jazz swing group The Lawless Firm.

 


 

 

Isabelle Roland, viola

Isabelle is a native of Canada but grew up dividing her time between Paris and Vancouver. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Victoria where she studied with Jaroslav Karlovsky, and a Master’s degree in Music Performance from the Cleveland Institute where she was a student of Heidi Castleman, Lynne Ramsey Irvine and Robert Vernon. From 1990 to 2001, Isabelle was assistant principal viola of the Victoria Symphony. During her time with this orchestra, Isabelle performed as a soloist—including performances under the baton of Yehudi Menuhin—and was a founding member of the Savitri Quartet. Since settling in Vancouver in 2002, Isabelle has appeared as a soloist with Lions Gate Sinfonia, the West Coast Symphony and Musica Intima. She is principal viola with Lions Gate Sinfonia, assistant principal viola of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and performs regularly with the Vancouver Symphony. Isabelle has a busy chamber music career, performing with the Absinthe Ensemble, the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival, West Coast Chamber Music, the Vancouver Chamber Players and Trio Accord.

 

 

Zoltan Rozsnyai, cello

Zoltan Rozsnyai grew up in a musical family in Windsor, Ontario. He was immersed in music from a young age, as his parents were music professors at the university there. He studied with Richard Piippo in Detroit, Michigan, before attending the University of Toronto at the age of 17, where his teachers were Vladimir Orloff and Daniel Domb. He also studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts for two years, with Aldo Parisot, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Janos Starker. While in Toronto, Zoltan performed with the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet Orchestra and other ensembles before moving to Vancouver to accept a position with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

 

 


 

Anna Levy, piano

Anna received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the Moscow Conservatory in 1990. She has appeared both as a soloist and a chamber musician, championing contemporary music on the concert stage and in universities, including St. John’s University (MN), Princeton University (NJ), Ohio State University, the University of Illinois, the University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University, in performances of the music of Scriabin, Schnittke, Korndorf, and numerous Canadian composers.  In 2001, she formed the Yarilo Music Ensemble in collaboration with fellow pianist Jane Hayes. The ensemble has been featured in broadcasts by the CBC and abroad, and in international music festivals. The Yarilo Music Ensemble has commissioned numerous Canadian compositions for two pianos. In 2015, in honour of Alexander Scriabin’s centennial (1872-1915), Anna toured four European countries with Jane Hayes, performing Scriabin’s most famous compositions, “Prometheus” and “Mysterium”, in an original multimedia production. The concert was presented in Zurich, Tel Aviv, Moscow, and Sofia.

 

 

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