For more than 20 years Nova Scotia’s Rhapsody Quintet has thrilled and delighted audiences with its sparkling renditions of a wide range of music, including light classical, salon, musical theatre, jazz, tango, klezmer, movie music and more. Recently AE caught up with the group’s double-bassist David Langstroth to discuss their latest CD Passion, and their concert this Wednesday night at The Carleton Music Bar & Grill in Halifax.
For a 'part-time' gig, Rhapsody keeps very busy - what has the band been up to lately?Rhapsody quintet has been preparing for concerts in Truro, Halifax and Lunenberg, and for a variety of private functions. We've also been considering some interesting offers such as an invitation to perform at a festival in South America. We have been getting to know the musicians who have been playing violin and clarinet with us over the winter while Anne and John are away, and we are writing new arrangements
You explored a lot of new ground on the last CD - was that intentional?Rhapsody Quintet loves to go wherever our creative impulses take us. If there is music with a good melody and harmony we will go there. But the specific direction can be unexpected. There are three tracks on the CD that relate to the Titanic commemorations in Halifax last year (Dream of Autumn, My Heart Will Go On, and Nearer My God to Thee). There is some music on the CD that we were requested to play for a particular wedding (Don't Stop Me Now), and a lot of tangos which come from Anne and John's recent interest in tango dancing. The final CD repertoire is a product of all these organic processes and was never planned in advance.
Do you have a favourite track from that CD?That's like asking a parent if they have a favourite child.
What can audiences expect at the February 13 concert?For February 13 we are starting the Valentines theme early. Audiences can expect a lot of beautiful passionate and romantic music from many different genres of the past 100 years: everything from Edith Piaf to Celine Dion.
Are young people still drawn to the classic songbooks?Young people are no different than older people in their appreciation of good music.
What's next on the group's agenda?We're developing some new arrangements - we hope to say more about this shortly.
Rhapsody Quintet, Wednesday February 13, 8.30pmThe Carleton Music Bar & Grill, 1685 Argyle St. Halifax