A brief history of the
Ensemble Instrumental Appassionata

A core of 14 strings occasionally augmented by winds and percussion, the Ensemble Instrumental Appassionata was formed in July of 2000 with the mission of bringing orchestral music to new audiences in the Montreal area. It already has one recording (CD) on the Eclectra label with the collaboration of the Canadian Guitar Quartet. The Ensemble has also had many of its concerts broadcast on Radio-Canada¹s Chaîne Culturelle, showcasing the multi-faceted programming its audiences have come to enjoy each season.

Through its public awareness and development activities, undertaken in conjunction with the Plateau-Mont-Royal and Frontenac cultural centres, l'Ensemble instrumental Appassionata continually asserts its artistic and social role in the Quebec community. Its innovative work with students, for instance through the Artistes à l¹école program, is a testament to this desire to position itself as a disseminator of culture.

To pursue and improve its artistic approach, Appassionata relies on the support of benefactors who gather once a year for its annual fund raising concert. Internationally renowned violinist Yehonatan Berick was one of those benefactors when he performed in Appassionata¹s 2002 fund raising concert with works by Bach (Violin Concerto in BWV 1041 minor), De Falla (Spanish dance) and Schubert (Rondo).

All concerts, with the exception of the fund-raising event, take place at the Sanctuaire du Saint-Sacrement, renowned for its outstanding acoustics. The fund-raising concert is being held in the Salle Marie-Stéphane of the École de musique Vincent-d¹Indy, 628 Côte Ste-Catherine Road.

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