Members of Ventus Machina include, standing left to right, Christie Goodwin, oboe, Patric Bolduc, bassoon, Karin Aurell, flute, and, kneeling, left to right, Ulises Aragon, horn, and Jean-Guy Boivert, clarinet. The quintet will perform in Sackville on Mar. 29.
The Moncton-based woodwind quintet Ventus Machina is once again hitting the road in New Brunswick. As part of their spring 2014 tour, members of the group will be performing a program titled ‘Fairy tales and Legends’ in Brunton Auditorium in the Marjorie Bell Conservatory of Music on Thursday evening, March 13 at 8 PM. Other concerts on this tour take place in Moncton on March 22, Saint John on March 23 and the tour will culminate in Dalhousie, N.B., on Mar. 29, where the group is playing as part of the Dalhousie Performing Arts series.
The fairytales and legends program is based on stories from many different regions and cultures, some well-known and some more obscure. The concerts feature the official premiere of a new work entitled ‘Legends of Acadia’ by Moncton composer Richard Gibson. Ravel’s classic ‘Mother Goose Suite’, Grieg’s ‘Peer Gynt’ and Milhaud’s ‘La Cheminée du Roi René’ flesh out the program, and a Mozart opera overture is thrown in for good measure! Tall-tale lovers of all ages will be delighted by this imaginative and very listen-able presentation.
Ventus Machina was founded in September 2011 thanks to a joint initiative between Symphony New Brunswick and l’Université de Moncton. The group has played for thousands of New Brunswick students over the last three seasons as part of their educational outreach mandate, and appears regularly in public performances throughout the Maritimes. The members of the quintet are Karin Aurell, flute, Christie Goodwin, oboe, Ulises Aragon, French horn, Jean-Guy Boisvert, clarinet, and Patrick Bolduc, bassoon. Despite their very different backgrounds, these five musicians find common ground in their passion for teaching and performing chamber music – traits that shine through in the energy and chemistry of their performances.