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Ovation series opens with collectif9, a nine-piece string ensemble presenting classical music with rock-style charisma
December 4, 2015, 12:00 am

LINDSAY - Kawartha Concerts kicks off its 2015-2016 Ovation music series with a vibrant concert by collectif9 on Sunday, Oct. 4.

The concert, which takes place at the Glenn Crombie Theatre in Fleming College’s Frost Campus, begins at 2:30 p.m.

Founded in Montreal in 2011, collectif9 is a nine-piece string ensemble that presents classical music with rock-style charisma, combining boldness and the highest of musical standards with amplification and lighting.

Bringing classical music to pop-culture audiences in diverse spaces, the group - Thibault Bertin-Maghit (leader and bass), Scott Chancey (viola), Jérémie Cloutier (cello), Yubin Kim (violin), Xavier Lepage-Brault (viola), Frédéric Moisan (violin), Grégor Monlun (violin), Andrea Stewart (cello), Roland Arnassalon (violin) and sound engineer Rufat Aliev - encourages interaction, facilitating dialogue with their listeners.

With a vibrant collection of short, folk-inspired classical works, including Brahms’ Rondo alla zingarese, Quebec composer André Gagnon’s Petit concerto pour Carignan, and chamber works by Schnittke and Aldemaro Romero, each collectif9 show bursts with energy and the unexpected.

Using music ranging from Brahms to Piazzolla to John Zorn, the extraordinary artists of collectif9 mix amplification, improvisation and stage effects to heighten musical performances of the very highest standard.

In their show Volksmobiles, collectif9 delivers an uncompromising selection of short pieces, often folk-inspired. From Gagnon to Golijov, passing though Brahms and Schnittke, the repertoire of the group is integral to its identity. Between bursts of energy and dreamlike states, many of the presented pieces are original arrangements, and have rarely been played on the same program.

collectif9 already has a track record of dozens of concerts including large-scale performances at Club Soda, Rialto Theatre, and at Ottawa Chamberfest.

In 2012, collectif9 introduced an innovative project of short videos, called LIVEshorts, broadcast over the internet at Each live, unedited performance is produced in a unique setting.

Along with an extensive eight-month tour across Quebec and dates in Ontario, collectif9 is also marking the release of their debut recording, Volksmobiles.

Videos featuring music by Bartók, Osvaldo Golijov, Shostakovich, and others, as well as more information on the group, can be found at

Tickets for the concert are available from the Kawartha Concerts box office at 1 York St. N., the Kent Bookstore, online at