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Historic St. Mary’s, 1374 Hamilton Rd – (902) 836-3733. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 – 5pm.
On July 14th – Archetype Trad takes to the stage to delight audiences on the 14th at 7:30PM. The Archetype Trad duo consists of experienced fiddle players Kate Bevan-Baker and Émilie Brûlé. The two have been performing as Archetype Trad since 2018, and have amassed a stunning program of traditional and re-imagined fiddle music from across Quebec, Newfoundland and the Maritimes. Much of their music contains pieces that have been arranged and composed by Bevan-Baker and Brûlé. Each with advanced training in classical and baroque genres, their program offers a unique sound and musical timbre with various types of fiddles and fiddling techniques used. Their concert ‘Explorer’ features modern violin, violin cross-tuning, baroque violin, 5-string violin and bowed vielle.
The pair also relate their program back to the influences of Canadian fiddle repertoire, including Scottish, Irish and English traditional music. While Kate and Émilie are now based out of Montreal, they are able to draw on their familial ancestry in influencing their playing styles. Kate’s Newfoundland and Scotland lineage is reflected in her Atlantic Canadian playing style, and Émilie’s Quebecois and French lineage can be heard in her Quebecois-inspired sound. Their fiddle styles compliment each other as they fuse together new and old fiddle music to be enjoyed by the modern crowd.
On July 16th – The Isidore String Quartet makes their St. Mary’s debut on Sunday, July 16th at 3PM. Formed in 2019, this ensemble is composed of four young Juilliard Graduates who are quickly securing their place in the classical world. Members of the quartet are violinists Adrian Steel and Phoenix Avalon, violist Devin Moore, and cellist Joshua McClendon. The four have studied under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick, and have coached with an extensive list of field experts.
In 2022, the quartet won the 14th Banff International String Quartet Competition. This hard-earned success has led to their extensive 2023-2024 tour, which will take them across North America and Europe and feature a performance at Esterhazy Palace in Austria. Their Banff triumph also includes a two-year appointment as the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University, and a two-week residency at Banff Centre which includes as professionally produced recording. The ensemble’s musical undertaking is to revisit, rediscover and reinvigorate classic string repertoire. Influenced by the Juilliard String Quartet, they admire the idea of ‘approaching the establishes as if it were brand new, and the new as if it were firmly established.’