Eric_Paetkau_G27_250x170What happens when you put a bunch of Canada’s top musicians in a room together and add some of the best music ever written: group of 27. Dubbed “Toronto’s All-Star Classical Band”, this supergroup lives for their thrilling live performances, creating unique experiences each and every time. Whether they’re romping through Stravinsky, wowing with Beethoven, or bringing a new Canadian piece to life, g27 gives everything they have in each moment with electrifying results. And there’s always a little something extra. Want the audience on stage with the performers? Done. Want an actor, dancer or even the audience to participate? Done. Want to see Toronto’s at-risk youth giving it their all side-by-side with the professionals? Done. Want a world-class experience that blows you away? Done and done. group of 27 – The Experience Orchestra.

Canadian Eric Paetkau (payte-co) is the Music Director of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and is also Founder and Music Director of Toronto-based group of 27. Known for his intense musicality and artistic excellence, Mr. Paetkau has conducted many orchestras including the Calgary Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Windsor Symphony, and Les Violons du Roy, among others.

With the dynamic and innovative group of 27, he’s produced a concert recording with JUNO award winning soprano Shannon Mercer on Centaur Records, as well as a recording of Canadian concerti with bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson and trumpeter Guy Few on the MSR label. Both discs were nominated for two Classical Album of the Year categories for the 2104 JUNO Awards. The orchestra also collaborates with Toronto’s Regent Park School of Music and Dixon Hall Music School with an outreach performance program for Toronto’s at-risk youth.

“This is the work of a master artist. In some places, it’s almost difficult to realize that it is only being played by 27 musicians, so full and rich are the textures, and Paetkau shows how good he is in shaping and pacing this music.” (Fanfare, Lynn René Bayley, February 2013 on group of 27’s JUNO nominated Centaur CD)

“The musicmaking was fantastic. The pieces played by the orchestra were impeccably rendered, with Paetkau shaping the music with a balanced combination of sensitivity and dramatic flair.” (Musical Toronto, John Terauds)

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