Celebrating six years in existence, woodwind quintet Ventus Machina will be touring the province from October 22 – November 5 together with guest artists Ray Legere and Christian ‘Kit’ Goguen (performing the music of Denis Richard) and featuring new music from composers Jean-François Mallet and Andrew Creeggan. The program, entitled, “At Home Chez Nous”, is a tribute to the welcoming atmosphere and cultural diversity of the province of New Brunswick, and is the group’s way of expressing gratitude for the warm acceptance they have received in their adopted home.
The project started more than 18 months ago as a collaboration between the classical music-based quintet, Celtic and bluegrass fiddler and mandolin player Ray Legere, and legendary Acadian singer-songwriter Denis Richard. Composers Jean-Francois Mallet and Andrew Creeggan both agreed to write music for the show, and the level of enthusiasm for the project was quite remarkable right from the start. Sadly, the death of Denis Richard at the end of the summer changed the course of the project. Respecting the wish of Denis for the project to go ahead, the tour is taking place as planned this fall, with Christian ‘Kit’ Goguen singing Denis’ songs.
The music of Ray Legere and Denis Richard will be accompanied by the quintet in creative new arrangements by James Kalyn, clarinettist in Ventus Machina. Andrew Creeggan has taken inspiration from traditional Celtic tunes for his new piece, and Jean-François Mallet has created a stunning new work for quintet and narrator (Kit Goguen) based on the Cajun legend of ‘Jean-le-Chasseur et ses chiens’, retold by author Barry Jean Ancelet and published by Moncton publisher Bouton d’or Acadie. The show promises to be an unforgettable musical kitchen party!
“For our group, the simple fact that Ray, Denis, Jean-François, Andrew, and now ‘Kit ‘, all agreed to take part in our project is an incredible honour. With the passing of Denis, we will now also have the privilege of paying our respects to Denis through his music”, says Patrick Bolduc, bassoonist in Ventus Machina.
In respect to one of Denis’ last wishes, volunteers from the Tree of Hope campaign will be available at all seven concerts across the province to accept donations from the public.
This tour will finish a busy summer and fall for the quintet, who recently launched their first album, « In the Weeds » on the MSR Classics label, and are playing six concerts as part of an Ontario tour in late September and early October.
The concerts in Saint John, Fredericton and Sussex are presented as part of Symphony New Brunswick’s Virtuoso series.
At Home Chez Nous:
October 22 2017, 2 pm, Saint John, Saint John Arts Centre (presented by Symphony New Brunswick)
October 26, 2017, 7:30 pm Fredericton, McCain Hall, STU (presented by Symphony New Brunswick)
October 27 2017, 7:30 pm, Sussex, St. Francis Xavier Church (presented by Symphony New Brunswick)
Ticket prices are $26 for Adults and $10 for Students at the door in Sussex or in Saint John from the Imperial Theatre. Free for STU students and faculty in Fredericton
Saint John, Sussex, Fredericton: www.symphonynb.com 506/ 634 8379