|CCE (Canadian Chamber Ensemble)
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Canadian Chamber Ensemble (Stratford Festival Ensemble 1974-6, Stratford Ensemble 1976-80). The ensemble, consisting of 16 principal musicians from the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra (string, wind, and brass quintets and a percussionist), was founded by music director Raffi Armenian in 1974. It was associated 1974-6 with the Stratford Festival, during which time it won an Emmy Award for a televised version of Menotti's The Medium. It has continued to form the nucleus and chamber music arm of the Kitchener-Waterloo SO.
The ensemble began international touring in 1984 with trips to Spain, Central and South America. In 1986 the CCE toured Europe again, and also travelled toExpo 86 and the USA. In June 1989 the ensemble undertook its second South American tour, giving three weeks of concerts in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Venezuela. In April 1990 the CCE made its third European tour, including performances in the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland; it was the first major Canadian ensemble to perform in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall.