Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to see Ensemble Prisme. Choose from the following options:
- For $9, you get one ticket to any concert remaining in the 2012–13 season (up to a $22 value).
- For $35, you get one ticket to all four concerts remaining in the 2012–13 season (up to an $88 value).
- For $49, you get two tickets to all four concerts remaining in the 2012–13 season (up to a $176 value).
Fantaisies éoliennes (Saturday, January 12, at 8 p.m., at the Maison du Citoyen in Gatineau)
Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion begins this enchanting evening highlighting winds, opening with a spare melody that gradually builds to a wistfully passionate tango. Later, Malcolm Arnold’s Three Shanties offers elaborations on “Drunken Sailor,” a traditional folk tune about karaoke on the high seas. The concert ends with Chansons à boire, a piece from contemporary composer Ana Sokolovic.
Le bal masqué (Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m., at École secondaire publique De La Salle in Ottawa)
Baritone Luc Lalonde lends a helping voice box in a concert profiling Parisian composer Francis Poulenc. A clamorous party for the piano and vocals, the 1932 composition Le Bal Masqué sets the tone for the proceedings. Sonatas for clarinet, clarinet and bassoon, and oboe conclude the night, sonically demonstrating Poulenc’s characteristic bombast and sudden musical mood swings.
Sérénade et opéra (Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m. at the Maison du Citoyen in Gatineau)
Tradition and legend reign at this night of narrative music. Antonin Dvorak’s Serenade for Wind Instruments evokes an Old World atmosphere at a magisterial pace before Ensemble Prisme applies bow and reed to Mozart’s The Magic Flute in octet form. Charles Gounod’s slow and thoughtful Petite Symphonie draws the concert to a close, painting a scene of bucolic serenity.
La grandeur de Brahms (Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m., at the Maison du Citoyen in Gatineau)
As the title indicates, this concert pays tribute to the richly layered works of a giant among Germany’s population of titanic composers. Wavering strings lend a beautiful tension to the sweeping and sweet melody in Brahms’ Sextet in G Major. Finnish artist Bernhard Henrik Crusell’s Divertimento in C Major finishes the show, a similarly harmonic piece that actually predates the German composer.
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