Montreal’s cutting-edge classical string band collectif9 plays Pinedale April 4

PINEDALE, WYO – The Pinedale Fine Arts Council (PFAC) is proud to present Montreal-based classical string ensemble collectif9 performing live Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Sheppard (Pinedale) Auditorium.

Montreal’s cutting-edge classical string band collectif9 has been gathering steam since its 2011 debut, attracting diverse audiences in varied spaces. Known for energized, innovative arrangements of classical repertoire, collectif9 employs lights, staging, and amplification more commonly seen at rock acts, and heralds a new age in genre-bending classical performance. From outdoor concerts at Canadian summer festivals to winter tours in the north and Christmas time in China, collectif9 has already performed over 100 concerts across North America, Europe and Asia. The ensemble combines the power of an orchestra with the crispness of a chamber ensemble.

The musicians and friends of the group met as students at Université de Montréal and McGill University. They wanted to create something different yet complementary to traditional representations of classical music, more relatable to pop culture. Learning from the classical works that have influenced non-classical musicians and the structure of pop concerts, collectif9 looks for ways to break the stigma of inapproachability, searches for new ways of expression within the classical medium, and attempts to foster communication and collaboration between artists and within their community.

Collectif9’s new show is built around their brand new album, No Time for Chamber Music, which expands upon the folk melodies and rhythms audiences have come to expect in a collectif9 performance while integrating an ironic flavour, presenting serious material in playful or sarcastic contexts. Works by Mahler, Ligeti, Gabriel Prokofiev, and others are transformed from their original form – often symphonic in nature – into chamber music for nine. These original arrangements feature textures and special instrumental effects that transport the listener out of the concert hall and into a world of fantasy and imagery.

Tickets for Collectif9 are available online at PinedaleFineArts.com and locally at Pine Coffee Supply, The Cowboy Shop, Office Outlets, The Big Piney Library and at the door the night of the performance. Ticket prices are $20 adults / $7 students / $2 extra at the door.

Discounted Lodging:

PFAC is excited to be teaming with 4 local hotels that will offer discounted rates for those travelling out-of-county to the show. Use discount code: PFAC when booking lodging at (Must call in to take advantage of discounted rates):
Hampton Inn & Suites Pinedale: (307) 367-6700
Baymont Inn: (307) 367-8300
Pinedale’s Cozy-Cabins: (307) 367-3401
Best Western Pinedale: (307) 367-6869

This event is presented by the Pinedale Fine Arts Council with support in part from the Wyoming Arts Council through funding from the Wyoming Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts which believes a great nation deserves great art, Sublette BOCES #1, Western Sublette BOCES #9, the Sublette County Recreation Board, the Wyoming Community Foundation – Sublette, Tegelers & Associates, Ultra, Andeavor, The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) & The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation.

For more information please visit PinedaleFineArts.com or call 307.367.7322. And be sure to find us on Facebook and Instagram!

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