Montreal’s classic string band – collectif9 – to perform at ECA March 27

Collectif9 (Photo courtesy Edmonds Center for the Arts)

Montreal’s cutting-edge classical string band collectif9 will perform at Edmonds Center for the Arts on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to their ECA Presented performance, the ensemble will lead a master class with Edmonds-Woodway High School students, as part of ECA’s free-of-charge Artist Residency & Outreach programs.

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, the ECA said in an announcement. The ensemble has already performed over 100 concerts across North America, Europe and Asia. From outdoor concerts at Canadian summer festivals, to winter tours in the north, to Christmas-time in China, the ensemble combines the power of an orchestra with the crispness of a chamber ensemble.

The musicians and friends 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.

Tickets to collectif9 are $19-$44, $15 youth/student, with a 10 percent discount for seniors and military. Call the ECA Box Office at 425-275-9595, go online at, or visit in person at 410 Fourth Avenue North. ThroughTeenTix, ECA offers $5 tickets to teens at the Box Office on the day of the performance, pending availability. To become a TeenTix member, register at


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