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Ensemble Variances

chamber ensemble

Sunday Concert

Livestream with Ticket Reservation

Registration Open / Online / In-Person

Buy a Virtual Ticket
$15 for virtual tickets | $10 for members
(in-person tickets on sale Jan. 3)
$45 for general tickets | $25 for members
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French composer Thierry Pécou leads the Ensemble Variances in his 2003 work Outre-mémoire (Beyond Memory), a meditation on the Atlantic slave trade. Pécou’s aural world in Outre-mémoire explores “still timely questions about wealth and poverty, exploitation and oppression…” (The Guardian), through a musical palette that draws upon Afro-American work songs, the Brazilian Candomble, and jazz. Pécou’s transatlantic travelogue is inflected by his own cultural heritage and roots in Martinique, the locus for eighteenth-century European oppression in the Caribbean. As a student, Pécou sensed his cultural otherness from the traditional Parisian musical pedagogy, leading him to travel the world exploring how different cultures express themselves through music. These experiences have given Pécou a wide envelope of aesthetic modalities through which to map the stories and histories of others.

This event will be broadcast live from the Music Room on Sunday, March 27 at 4 PM. To reserve a ticket, follow the link above to register. All registered ticket holders will receive a link directing them to a livestream webpage where the performance can be accessed. Ticket holders will be able to watch this performance “On Demand” for 48 hours following the broadcast time. 

IN PERSON AUDIENCES: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
  • Concert guests 12 years of age and over must show proof of vaccination or a same-day negative COVID-19 test.
  • Concert guests over the age of two must wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth at all times, regardless of their vaccination status.
  • The Music Room is now able to operate at 1/2 capacity. However, given the intimate nature of the setting, we can no longer follow strict social distancing guidelines. All in-person guests may be seated next to, in front of, or behind other vaccinated and masked concert guests.

When Ensemble Variances was founded in 2010 by French composer Thierry Pécou the vision was clear – linking the music of our time, with contemporary humanitarian and environmental issues. Since then the Ensemble has presented programs that resonate with audiences at Wigmore Hall London, Cité de la Musique Paris, le Festival Présences de Radio France, the Auditorium de Lyon, Musikfestspiele Potsdam, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, International Heidelberger Frühling Festival, Brighton Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Detroit Institute of Arts, the Ottawa Chamber Fest and Bourgie Hall Montréal. 

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