euphonia Sept. 16 show at Lula Lounge
EUPHONIA & LULA LOUNGE PRESENT
F Mendelssohn: String Symphony #8
WA Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante (Aysel Taghi-Zada, Violin & Brenna McLane, Viola)
J Haydn: Symphony #83 "La Poule"
September 16th (doors 7 pm, show 8 pm)
1585 Dundas Street West, Toronto, www.lula.ca (416) 588 0307
Pay What You Will @ the door ($10 would be great!). Dinner reservations guarantee seating.
It’s September, and with the seasonal regularity of trees turning to fall colours Symphony Orchestras everywhere are in the process of launching their traditional subscription series. Well this year there is a precocious new kid on the block, euphonia; an innovative new orchestral ensemble that over the summer has been growing a new audience for classical music with its monthly shows at Toronto’s Westside night club, Lula Lounge.
“Founding music director Simon Capet has over the course of the past few months created a fine chamber orchestra from scratch...delivering a... professional sound worthy of a good chamber orchestra. Euphonia is on the right track... this group will not just be the newest classical band in Toronto, but has the potential to develop into its hottest, too.”
John Terauds, Musical Toronto
The goal of the euphonia musicians is a simple one, to build meaningful and genuine connections with their audience and by so doing make the experience of classical music more immediate, more intense, more satisfying. At Lula Lounge the intimacy of the experience is heightened by the orchestra playing standing on the dance floor surrounded by the audience. “Our performances are carefully prepared,” says viola player Brenna McLane “but the atmosphere at Lula is very relaxed. We take so much inspiration from the enthusiasm of the audience.” And it’s clear from the capacity houses and rave reviews that audiences are taking inspiration from the enthusiasm of euphonia.
“As has been the case for every other Euphonia concert, the club was full, with people from all demographic backgrounds enjoying food and drink along with the orchestra”
John Terauds, Musical Toronto
“Unfortunately concert halls have become associated with very dry, distant performances due to the detached way in which classical music has been performed during the 20th Century. If we want to attract a new audience to this glorious music we must get out of the concert hall” exclaims euphonia music director, Simon Capet. Capet’s approach, with performances at Lula Lounge and classical jam sessions at Fionn MacCool’s, is certainly proving to be successful in drawing new people to the music he, and his band, are so passionate about.
“Capet has a bold agenda, but one listen to what he has created tells me he just may have the hippest band in the city. By a country mile, euphonia is the tightest ensemble to rock the stage in clubland T.O. The 'big idea' is to make the music accessible, and to win over audiences that likely have never had the opportunity to hear the real deal. Their common bond is an unwavering affection, love, passion for serious music--albeit played without too much seriousness on display. It works.”
David Farrell, New Canadian Music
Euphonia continues their residency at Lula Lounge with a show on September 16th that includes the 8th String Symphony of the teenage Felix Mendelssohn; Mozart’s ‘Sinfonia Concertante’ with solos being performed by euphonia members Aysel Taghi-Zada, violin and Brenna McLane, viola and the second of Haydn’s ‘Paris Symphonies’, no. 83 ‘La Poule’.
Typical of the playful interaction between Simon and the audience at Lula Lounge, he is asking those who come out on the 16th to give Haydn’s Symphony a new nickname. “Haydn was a prolific writer of symphonies,” he explains “there are at least 107 that we know of, and to keep track audiences and publishers used nicknames to distinguish a number of them. For example, Symphony no.83 was given the nickname ‘The Hen’ because of one small section in the first movement that resembles the clucking and twitching head movements of chicken. It’s an understandable analogy but it does this symphony, which is so full of drama and passion, a great disservice. So, we’re going to run a competition at our next show to come up with a much more creative name for this stunning work.” It will be fascinating to see what contemporary connections a 21st century audience will make with the sound world of Joseph Haydn.
Join euphonia at Lula Lounge for classical music as you've never before experienced it!
For Lula Lounge: Tracy Jenkins, email@example.com, (416) 588