Symphony Nova Scotia musicians play in a number of small ensembles that cover a wide variety of genres and styles. The cost per ensemble varies, but a good rule of thumb is to estimate $100-125 per musician per hour. See below to contact these small ensembles directly.
Blue Engine String Quartet
The Blue Engine String Quartet was formed in 1997 as the core ensemble of the Nova Scotia chamber music series, Blue Engine Music.
Blue Engine holds true to classical roots, performing many of the masterworks of the string quartet repertoire, as well as contemporary and popular music.
They are frequently broadcast on CBC Radio and CBC Television, and have appeared with artists like Michael Bublé, Jill Barber, Meaghan Smith, and Jenn Grant. They have performed for the Governer General of Canada and the Duchess of York.
Members: Jennifer Jones, violin; Anne Simons, violin; Margot Aldrich, viola; Hilary Brown, cello
Type of music: usually classical, though other styles are also possible
Contact: Jennifer Jones at 423.6722 or Anne Simons at 425.8595
Gatto Dolce Duo
Performing great chamber music with humorous anecdotes on the life and times of the composers!
Colin Matthews and Max Kasper first met over 20 years ago while both were students in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. After a decade of playing in different parts of the country, Colin and Max found themselves living in Halifax where they started reading duets for fun. These readings evolved into being more serious once both musicians discovered the potential of this combination.
Their debut concert was at Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs. Since then Max and Colin have played in many places around the province, including the Octagon, the Lillian Piercy Concert Hall and the Music Room. They have just completed their first CD, Gatto Dolce Duo, Duets for Cello and Bass.
Maritime Brass Quintet
The Maritime Brass Quintet can provide a wide variety of high-quality chamber music for your event – both popular and classical. Whether you’re looking to enhance your private event or church service, or if you’d like an entertaining and educational concert at your child’s school, the MBQ can fill the bill!
MBQ members have studied throughout North America and performed or held positions with many of the world’s leading ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony, Toronto Symphony, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia. They also have experience playing in numerous smaller groups and ensembles, including the Foothills Brass, Northumberland Brass, Honolulu Brass Quintet, the Jive Kings and the Canadian Brass.
Members: Richard Simoneau, trumpet; Curtis Dietz, trumpet; Gina Patterson, horn; Eric Mathis, trombone; Bob Nicholson; tuba & bass trombone
Type of music: classics and light classics, popular, ragtime, tango… all things fun!
Contact: Curtis Dietz at 821.2169
Réjouissance was founded in 1995 by Symphony Nova Scotia musicians Karen Langille and Ivor Rothwell. This ensemble specializes in the performance of 17th and 18th century music on both period and modern instruments, in historically informed style.
Réjouissance draws most of its repertoire from the vast collections of European instrumental music – from early 17th century Italian composers to great 18th century German masters like Bach, Handel, and Telemann. Musical offerings include trio sonatas, solo sonatas, early instrumental dances and early song settings... occasionally enhanced with the addition of a crumhorn!
Réjouissance has been heard on CBC Radio 2, both locally and nationally, and has appeared in many historical venues throughout Nova Scotia. In addition to offering their own concert series at Bethany United Church in Halifax, Réjouissance has appeared in most concert series in the area. Réjouissance has also had the privilege of performing at a number of important cultural events in Nova Scotia.
Members: Celeste Jankowski, violin; Karen Langille, violin; Hilary Brown, cello; Max Kasper, bass; Ivor Rothwell, bassoon; Shawn Whynot, harpsichord/percussion
Type of music: baroque
Nova Scotia’s Rhapsody Quintet has performed salon music, light classics, theatre music, and chamber music since the mid-80s, at concerts overlooking the ocean, corporate events, charity fundraisers and dinners for royalty.
The Quintet was honoured to be invited to perform for the re-opening of both the historic Public Gardens and Point Pleasant Park in Halifax following the devastation of Hurricane Juan, and were proud to provide the music for the Premier’s Dinner in honour of the first recipients of the Order of Nova Scotia.
The Quintet perform regularly at corporate and charity events in Halifax. They also played at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the opening of HRM’s MacDonald Bridge.
Members: Jennifer Jones, violin; Dominic Desautels, clarinet; Shimon Walt, cello; Diana Torbert, piano; David Langstroth, bass
Type of music: salon music, light classics, theatre music, and chamber music
Website: www.rhapsodyquintet.com or www.waltmusic.com
Contact: Walt Music at 422.5403
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