Jazzy Sérénade: classical string ensemble meets contemporary repertoire

A friend and member of the Sérénade classical string ensemble invited me to attend and shoot a special concert at the Espace Alizé with some contemporary classics on the menu such as Gershwin, Mancini as well as some jazz standards. The ensemble was accompanied by a drummer for the Pink Panther movie theme, which, without percussions would certainly lose some of its timeless appeal. The playlist included favorites such as the often recorded but immortalized by Sinatra, Fly Me to the Moon, and What a Wonderful World made popular by Louis Armstrong. The singer finished that song using the inimitable voice of Louis and the crowd went wild, myself included. I must admit that I truly enjoy listening to different interpretations of the jazz standard repertoire. Other interesting pieces included an a capella interpretation of Stardust and  Hoe Down a western-style piece punctuated by a vivacious violin solo that was quite a departure from the classical music repertoire. All in all, it was an evening to remember and here is a selection of photos to do so.

Technical notes: shot with Canon 5D Mk II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS and Sigma EX 85mm f/1.4 lenses mostly wide open and at ISO 3200-6400.

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