L’Ensemble: Not Your Ordinary Chamber Music
L’Ensemble, billed for nearly 40 years as, “Not your ordinary chamber ensemble”, will be in residence at the new Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street in Bennington, Vt. for three concerts beginning November 24 at 3 p.m.
L’Ensemble’s musical mission has always been to stretch the definition of chamber music. L’Ensemble performs all facets of chamber music under the direction of founder and artistic director, Ida Faiella. L’Ensemble’s repertoire includes the classics and more, from jazz-influenced works to cabaret arrangements of the standards by such composers as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.
Faiella said, “We are more than pleased to enter into this residency at Oldcastle Theatre. We look forward to this collaboration with another arts organization which has a similiar mission in the standards of performance and arts education.”
“It has always been our goal to have other performing arts organizations in residence with us in our new downtown theatre,” Eric Peterson, Oldcastle’s Producing Artistic Director noted. “Artists stimulate artists. Audiences enjoy collaborations by companies from different disciplines and it is important to us that we keep this theatre busy and productive. So, we are thrilled to have this extraordinary contingent of musicians join us.”
Oldcastle Theatre Company has produced nine productions in its new facility while continuing to renovate the circa 1948 Main Street building, that was constructed as the home of the Knights of Columbus. The company’s 18 year residency at the Bennington Center for the Arts was ended in 2011. Previously the theatre was ensconced for many years at Southern Vermont College. Renovations on their new home began last year.
The November 24 L’Ensemble concert will feature celloist Jesse Levy who has received seven consecutive Most Valuable Player awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and legendary pianist Lincoln Mayorga whose lengthy career has seen him contribute to film soundtracks, record with the likes of Barbara Streisand and perform with Itzhak Perlman and Michael Tilson Thomas. More concert details will be released shortly, or call Oldcastle Theatre at 802-447-0564 for more information.