The ARC Ensemble's Benjamin Bowman can now add "fashion icon" to his list of accomplishments. Ben's roguish good looks are on display in the fall/winter issue of harry magazine, a quarterly issued by the exclusive Toronto menswear emporium, Harry Rosen. The accompanying article, written by the magazine's editor, food-writer and longtime ARC fan, James Chatto focuses on Benjamin’s travel fashion and discusses the ARC Ensemble's recent engagements in Israel, Amsterdam and Milwaukee, where the group performed for the annual MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) conference.
Despite the lavish wardrobes of the ARC Ensemble's women, not to mention the sartorial accomplishments of the ARC gentlemen, our Boulevardier Bowman has now raised the bar to a maddeningly high standard. In the "harry notebook" section of this national arbiter of men's fashion (see picture below), Benjamin descends the steps of the Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall with his customary allure and insouciance. He opens the ARC concert on September 11 at Mazzoleni Hall with Gerald Finzi's Elegy and a sonata movement by Mendelssohn completed by David Louie, the pianist who will partner him. Paul Ben-Haim's Clarinet Quintet op. 31a and Sir Edward Elgar's Piano Quintet, op. 84 complete the programme. As for competitive couture, the gloves are off!