For the past twenty-five years...
Ensemble's musical mission has always been to s-t-r-e-t-c-h the definition of chamber music! L'Ensemble performs all facets of chamber music from Bach's unaccompanied sonatas to fully staged productions. Under the direction of founder and artistic director Ida Faiella, L'Ensemble's repertoire includes the classics and much, much more, from jazz-influenced works to cabaret arrangements of the standards by such composers as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.
Founded in the mid '70's, L'Ensemble's core artists are Charles Abromovic, Ida Faiella, Barry Finclair, Semyon Fridman, and Lincoln Mayorga. L'Ensemble and its artists have recorded for Columbia, Nonesuch, Musical Heritage Society, and Vox Records.
L'Ensemble initiated a competition called Play It Again to give continuing life to works of chamber music that had received a premiere, but had been performed no more than five times. The composers of the winning works, chosen from a national response of nearly 200 entries &endash; are invited to speak to the audience about their work when L'Ensemble performed them as part of our regular series.
L'Ensemble has performed throughout the United States including such performance venues and music festival sites as the University of Minnesota, Lincoln Center, the Wave Hill Concerts (Riverdale, NY), Snug Harbor Cultural Center (Staten Island), Philbrook Museum (Tulsa, OK), Binghamton (NY) Summer Music Festival, University of Maine Arts Festival, and locally at the Albany Institute of History and Art, Kiernan Plaza, Capitol Repertory Theatre, Page Hall, the Bennington Center for the Arts and Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall. L'Ensemble's musically adventurous mission has been certified in the media with such accolades as "...wicked virtuosity!" (New York Times), "These talented musicians have a knack of picking out works that are unusual, or even slightly eccentric, but which nevertheless provide enormous audience pleasure." (Staten Island Advance), and "If you want joy in your music, L'Ensemble is for you!" (Boston Globe).
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