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Montreal’s collective9 instrumental group will perform at the Midwest Theater on April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Brault, Scott Chancey.

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“The Night of the Flying Horses” will take flight with collective9 in concert at the Midwest Theater on Tuesday, April 5. The instrumental group hopes to create a space where audiences can hear music in a unique way as they embark on an evening filled with music that has enchanted and energized audiences for centuries.

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m.

The classical string group collective9 made their debut in 2011 in Montreal, Canada, when the musicians performed “Night of the Flying Horses” by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov together. Many of the musicians were students or recent graduates who had formed an ensemble to perform classical music.

Band member Andrea Stewart said, “The goal for the set was that we had all this repertoire that we knew and loved and we really wanted to create a concert experience that would be inviting for everyone.”

The band started playing amped up in bars and that spirit propelled the band forward to play classic arrangements that weren’t originally intended for their ensemble. The nine-string ensemble includes a bass player, two cellists, two violists and four violinists. Unfortunately, the band has a limited source of music arranged for them. However, bassist Thibault Bertin-Maghit began making arrangements for them, playing to the strengths of each musician and instrument.

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“It ended up working really well,” Stewart said. “How he writes for us is that he writes for us as people and as instrumentalists. Suddenly we had all these additional repertoire possibilities because we could play anything – a quartet, a symphony. This could be arranged appropriately for the group.

Once the piece is finished, the group will work on the arrangement during rehearsal.

The group has become known for their dynamic and innovative arrangements of classical repertoire that capture the attention of audiences.

Tuesday’s show will feature music by Golijov, Taraf de Haidouks and François Couperin. The music draws inspiration from the gypsy musicians of more than 500 years ago through the Romanian group Taraf de Haidouks, from the Baroque period through the music of Couperin and from the classical music of the 21st century.

Golijov and Taraf de Haidouks first worked with the Kronos Quartet and later reconnected to collaborate, finding inspiration for his Night of the Flying Horses, a wild gallop that gives the show its name. Continuing Golijov’s approach,collectif9 has arranged a few pieces from the Gypsy group, highlighting the virtuosity and passion of the musicians while leaving the freedom to improvise.

“We matched these pieces together that influence each other,” she said. “The other thing that works with them is this improvisation with Eastern European music and Romanian traditional music and also the Baroque period.”

The show will explore moments of wonder and melancholy for the audience that will be juxtaposed with a frenetic and electrifying sound procession.

“We think this program is quite special because there are moments of deep meditation and spiritual questioning,” Stewart said. “We’re kind of on a journey through five centuries of time when we also think about this traditional music.”

The journey challenges the audience to think through the shifting energy as collective9 links the pieces with quotes from the composers.

Since the band is playing amplified, they can adjust the sound depending on the location so that everyone in the audience can hear all the noise from the music. During rehearsals, the band prepares the stage so that everyone can see and hear each other.

“That’s the biggest challenge in any venue because the whole point of what we do is communication,” Stewart said. “The communication between us, the communication with the audience and the better we can hear each other, see each other, communicate our intentions, the better we can communicate those intentions to people who come to see the show.”

The group is excited to perform at the Midwest Theater, saying the venue looks impressionable from the photos.

“We really believe that changing the context of a piece of music or changing the context of how we listen to a piece of music can really change the experience one might have,” she said. “What we’re really trying to create is a place where people can hear things differently and where everyone is welcome. The Midwest Theater seems like the kind of concert hall that will really encourage that.

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