Live at Aeolian Hall

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Friday March 23, 2018
8:00 pm   |  Doors Open @ 7:00 pm
$28 Advanced    $33 Doors   

Ensemble Vivant
  • Catherine Wilson, piano/artistic director
  • Corey Gemmell, violin
  • Norman Hathaway, viola
  • Sybil Shanahan, cello
  • Jim Vivian, bass
  • Kevin Turcotte, flugelhorn and trumpet
  • Mike Murley, tenor and soprano sax
  • Brian Barlow, percussion

Ensemble Vivant, “Canada’s Chamber Music Treasure” (Toronto Star), receives accolades internationally and is a favourite wherever the group performs. Since its inception almost 30 years ago, EV has been a pioneer in the piano chamber music world, championing exciting, innovative programming ranging from classical to Latin and other jazz and related popular styles.  Its twelve recordings are heard on radio around the world, and in 2008 Opening Day Entertainment Group repackaged the ensemble’s entire back catalogue. Led by pianist/artistic director Catherine Wilson, Ensemble Vivant is known for its depth of artistry, passionate, virtuosic interpretations and engaging stage presence. As jazz great Rick Wilkins, C.M. commented, “This is the highest-level chamber music-making. No matter the genre, there is magic in Ensemble Vivant’s music-making.”

Hamilton-born Rick Wilkins, C.M. is one of Canada’s most accomplished saxophonists and a world-renowned arranger, composer, conductor and performer. Throughout his career, Wilkins has also worked with a variety of music legends, including Oscar Peterson, Anne Murray, The Boss Brass, Burton Cummings, Wayne and Schuster, Peggy Lee, Celine Dion, Oliver Jones, Guido Basso, Julie Amato, and Tommy Ambrose.  Rick established a major career creating music for radio and television, on CBC Television and Radio, as well as CTV. He was a music director for a television series and several specials starring The Jackson Five on CBS. Also, he rescored the ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ theme and wrote the theme for CBC’s ‘The National’. Not so well known is his 27-year musical collaboration with pianist extraordinaire Catherine Wilson, and by extension, her group Ensemble Vivant. Rick has written a wealth of arrangements and original compositions for EV, and produced many of the group’s earlier recordings. Tonight’s concert pays tribute to this long musical partnership.