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…simply splendid…full of the sophisticated grandeur of a long, lingering 1930s mid-Atlantic cruise…
(Ron Foley MacDonald, The Daily News)
Rhapsody Quintet is a unique musical act, performing classy, original arrangements of music from eras past and present, including jazz, klezmer, tangos, movies and musicals. The members are: Anne Rapson, violin; John Rapson, clarinet; Shimon Walt, cello; Diana Torbert, Piano and David Langstroth, Bass.
Rhapsody has released five CDs: The Melody Lingers On, (1998) - musical theatre with Leslie Lake Searle and Ross Thompson; Café Chantant and other Salon Delights (1999) – ECMA nominated; Kiss of Fire (2001) played extensively on the BBC; Rhapsody in Red (2005) MIANS Best Classical Recording and ECMA nominated. Rhapsody by Request (2008) – featuring everything from klezmer to Queen – winning them Music Nova Scotia’ s Best Classical Recording for 2009. Rhapsody’ s recordings are heard nationally on the CBC, including a full-length program on The Transcontinental. The Quintet is also featured on CBC Radio Maritimes’ compilation recording, Play it Again, Stan!
Rhapsody Quintet has appeared twice as guest artists with Symphony Nova Scotia, receiving rave reviews and standing ovations. They performed in Ottawa as part of NAC’s Atlantic Scene Festival, and were featured artists on Toronto’ s Music Alive series. Rhapsody has performed throughout the Maritimes on many stages and their recordings have been used in ballet and theatre productions, including the Atlantic Theatre Festival and Neptune Theatre, Chester Playhouse and, most recently, the New York City Theatre. In 2008 the group was invited to Santa Margherita on the Italian Riviera to perform at a private function – next door to Rod Stewart’ s wedding party! This past June they performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at a luncheon in Halifax.
“ The hit of evening was Rhapsody Quintet who tore up the Metro Centre with an awesome performance of Bohemian Rhapsody. The only standing ovation of the evening!”