Thu Jul 27 21:30

Collectif9: RITUÆLS

“A sensory landscape that evokes timelessness… the real, the important.” (Pan M 360)

Montreal string nonet collectif9 presents Rituæls, a grand, deliberate artistic ceremony of a concert bringing together works dating from the Middle Ages to the 21st century with music by Hildegard von Bingen, Arvo Pärt, Michael Tippett, Nicole Lizée, Bryce Dessner, and Jocelyn Morlock. Throughout the show, the musicians occupy several spaces in a way that echoes the grandeur and the depth of the pieces on the program. The lighting, scenography and staging help create a succession of moments that transport the audience and invite contemplation, connection, and introspection. Featuring a gripping performance by Stacey Désilier (choreography and dance).

By drawing attention to the space the musicians occupy with technical theatrical elements and dance, RITUÆLS “delicately questions our place in the universe and in relation to our environment. The performance of the charismatic Stacey Désilier (dance) accompanies us through the concert like a supreme presence, complementing this imagery.”

collectif9 combines the power of an orchestra with the agility of a chamber ensemble. Known for their innovative programming and approach to chamber music, the Juno-nominated Montreal string ensemble operates on the premise that a change of context can influence communication and experience and is at the vanguard, redefining the presentation of classical music. Since their 2011 debut, collectif9 has presented numerous concerts across North America, Europe, and Asia, performing “with an infectious energy and vigour that grabs an audience’s attention” (The WholeNote).


Drone (collectif9)
O vis æternitatis (Hildegard von Bingen, 12th century)
Psalom (Arvo Pärt, 1985)
Another Living Soul (Nicole Lizée, 2016) * #
Lament (Michael Tippett, 1952)
Aheym (Bryce Dessner, 2009)
The Beatitudes (Arvo Pärt, 1990)
Summa (Arvo Pärt, 1977)
Exaudi (Jocelyn Morlock, 2004) *
Tenebre (Bryce Dessner, 2011) *

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