FirstOntario PAC press release – In a massive musical initiative, Ensemble Made In Canada has taken their acclaimed Mosaïque Project to almost every corner of the country – from Iqaluit, Nunavut to British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast to Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, and beyond.
The two-year cross-country tour culminates with a live-streamed concert and album launch in St. Catharines’ Partridge Hall on Friday, Jan. 24/2020, at 7:30 p.m.
“It is rare to come across something as imaginative and exciting as the Mosaïque Project of Ensemble Made In Canada … I am thrilled to support this unique, vivid, artistic expression,” said The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada
Ensemble Made In Canada (EMIC) is rapidly gaining recognition as Canada’s premier piano quartet. Awarded the 2006 CBC Galaxie Stars Award from the Banff Centre for the Arts, EMIC was featured in 2008 Chatelaine Magazine’s 80th anniversary issue as “Women to Watch” and called “an ensemble that is leading the next generation of classical musicians.”
The members of the group: Angela Park (piano), Elissa Lee (violin), Sharon Wei (viola) and Rachel Mercer (cello) have been forging outstanding individual careers and bring together a wealth of experience having already appeared at prestigious festivals such as Marlboro, Ravinia, Orford, Verbier, Prussia Cove, Pablo Casals and Evian. EMIC has been Ensemble-in-Residence at Western University since 2014.
The piano quartet’s commissioned suite of new works by 14 Canadian composers was inspired by each province, territory, and the Indigenous regions of Canada. The thrilling new works from composers including Ana Sokolović, Sarah Slean, Kevin Lau, Samy Moussa, Julie Doiron, Barbara Croall, David Braid, to name just a few, encompass a wide variety of musical genres – from classical, jazz, singer-songwriter, electronic, and First Nations traditions – making up a richly inspiring whole to represent the beauty and diversity of Canada.
The St. Catharines performance will be presented in an extraordinary cinematic concert experience from Partridge Hall, featuring multiple screens providing close-ups of the musicians and their instruments, footage from the tour across the country, as well as newly-created images inspired by the music.
The concert will be live-streamed on Ensemble Made In Canada’s website as well as via the streaming service Stingray, reaching millions across Canada and 156 countries around the globe. The same day features the release of the Mosaïque Project album, which will be available on CD, download and streaming channels. Maestro Johannes Debus will be hosting a pre-show chat with composers Kevin Lau, Sarah Slean, David Braid and Richard Mascall at 6:45 p.m.
Ensemble Made In Canada arrives in Partridge Hall on Friday, Jan. 24/2020, at 7:30 p.m. Click on firstontariopac.ca for tickets or visit the box office in-person at 250 St. Paul Street or call the box office: 905-688-0722.