Twenty five years of innovation and music

For 25 years Ensemble Caprice has been known for the innovative spirit it breaths into baroque repertoire. In addition to their concerts in Montreal, the orchestra undertakes several tours every year – an impressive accomplishment, with dozens of concerts given in Quebec, Canada, USA, Europe, and Asia.

Festival Montréal baroque

Ensemble Caprice and its conductor Matthias Maute are continuing their cycle of the complete Beethoven symphonies played on period instruments – a first for Montreal audiences. The concert will take place next Sunday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in McGill University’s Pollack Hall. In collaboration with the Montreal Baroque Festival, Ensemble Caprice will perform the 6th symphony, The Pastoral Symphony, as well as Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto with soloist Tom Beghin on the pianoforte. Pollack Hall is located at 555 Sherbrooke St. West.

This concert will close the Festival Montreal Baroque. The Festival was created by its co-artistic directors, Matthias Maute and Susie Napper. This year’s edition of the Festival includes concerts, master classes and lectures.

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On Good Friday, April 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., the Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul and Ensemble Caprice, directed by Jordan de Souza, presents

Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion in its original liturgical context.

The performance will take place within a worship service modeled on the Good Friday Vespers held at Leipzig’s St. Thomas Church during J. S. Bach’s time.

A freewill offering will be taken during the service. A pre-service talk about the work will be given by Conductor Jordan de Souza at 6:30 p.m. (entry via 3419 Redpath); main doors to the church open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18.

The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul is located at the corner of Sherbrooke and Redpath Streets. The main entrance faces the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The Church can be reached by metro (Guy-Concordia) or bus 24 (exit at Bishop Street).


Our March 21st concert in Magdeburg was extremely well received. The audience made us play 3 encores!

Here is what the organizers posted on the festival’s Facebook page:

“Thank you for the playful and absolutely splendid concert! All the way through one could feel an authentic joy of making music. It is so rewarding to then also have the enthusiasm of the audience on your side.”

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Ensemble Caprice and its conductor Matthias Maute will be performing at the Magdeburger Telemann Festival in Germany on Friday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m.  The concert will naturally include pieces by Telemann, but will also feature works by Carl Heinrich Graun and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

This is one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind. Indeed, since 1990 it has featured renowned guest conductors such as Reinhard Goebel, Hermann Max, Ludger Rémy and Michael Schneider.

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On Saturday, March 1st, nearly all of J.S. Bach’s chamber works will be performed in a series of concerts in Bourgie Hall to be held at 11:00 a.m., 3:00, 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Each concert will be preceded by a conversation between Matthias Maute and a featured guest. Purchase your tickets now!