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Ensemble Caprice perform more than 4,900 mini-concerts during pandemic / CBC

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During the first weeks of the quarantine, a small group of people wanted to ease the solitude of one of their friends, who was celebrating her birthday. "They sang 'Happy Birthday' through their car windows. The police quickly showed up afterwards to slap a fine on the birthday girl. That's what gave us the idea for Mini-Concerts Santé," said Matthias Maute, conductor of the Caprice Ensemble.

The Montreal orchestra created Mini-Concerts Santé, a series of free classical music concerts, in partnership with Mécénat Musica. Maute and his colleagues felt people's mental health was suffering during the pandemic, particularly due to isolation. 

The Caprice Ensemble artists quickly decided to put their instruments in their cases and go out in pairs into the streets of Montreal and offer 10-minute private mini-concerts.

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