Classical Serenade: 25th anniversary concert of the ensemble




The Montreal-based string ensemble Sérénade celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special concert. The orchestra was conducted by its current maestro for most pieces except the last which was conducted by the ensemble’s first conductor. Past members also joined the fun. Most musicians wore some purple to highlight the color that was originally worn by the orchestra to set itself apart as told by the original conductor.

I went to the afternoon concert in a church in St-Lambert, on Montreal’s South Shore. The white interior reflected nicely the natural light streaming in through the windows. The overall lighting was nice and diffuse as opposed to most concert halls which tend to feature harsh and non-uniform light.

The selection of pieces is from English composers. The exception is Fratres from Pärt, an Estonian, but it means brothers and was composed for Britten who Pärt considered his brother.

Simple symphony, Benjamin Britten
Fratres, Arvo Pärt
Introduction & Allegro, Edward Elgar
Suite St-Paul, Holst
Scarborough Fair, traditional English song

Equipment: Canon DSLR 5D Mk II, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L, Sigma EX 50mm f/1.4 lens, Sigma EX 85mm f/1.4 lens, Canon EF 135mm f/2L lens, Sigma EX 120-300mm f/2.8 OS lens

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