Upcoming Events / Concerts

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016: Ensemble Made In Canada

SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 8PM

MYSTICAL MAIDENS

ENSEMBLE MADE IN CANADA

Elissa Lee, violin; Sharon Wei, viola; Rachel Mercer, cello; Angela Park, piano

“What do you get when you take four young and extremely talented female Canadian musicians who studied across the United States and Canada; have each won several prestigious awards; developed into stellar soloists in their own rights; and joined together to form a piano quartet? You get Ensemble Made In Canada…” (Winnipeg Free Press). Canada’s premier Piano Quartet, Ensemble Made in Canada “…deliver(s) chamber music on a beautifully polished silver platter.” (Musical Toronto). Their performance of Omar Daniel’s piano quartet, commissioned by the Ensemble, was inspired by an old Estonian text about four mystical maidens and comes just two weeks after its World Premiere in Toronto. No stranger to the Virtuosi stage, it is our pleasure to welcome them back for our Anniversary season.

PROGRAMME: Mendelssohn Piano Quartet No. 3 in B minor; Omar Daniel Piano Quartet No. 1: Oli enne nel;l’a neitta… (once upon a time there were four maidens…); Brahms Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26

Tickets: Adults $39    Under 30: $22    Students*: $13

*Students must present a valid student card.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016: Trio con Brio Copenhagen

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 8PM

PURE JOY

TRIO con BRIO COPENHAGEN

Soo-Jin Hong, violin; Soo-Kyung Hong; cello; Jens Elvekjaer; piano

Founded in Vienna in 1999, Trio con Brio Copenhagen quickly became “one of the finest piano trios on the current scene” (The New Yorker), and “one of today’s most dazzling chamber ensembles” (Buffalo News). The Washington Post wrote: “These glowing reports hold true. Trio con Brio Copenhagen clearly occupies a lofty perch in today’s musical scene.” Of their debut CD, the critic for the American Record Guide enthused, “One of the greatest performances of chamber music I’ve ever encountered.”

PROGRAMME: Shostakovich Piano Trio No.1 in C minor, Op.8; Beethoven Piano Trio in E flat major, Op. 70, No.2; Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66

Tickets: Adults $50    Under 30: $28    Students*: $13

*Students must present a valid student card.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016: Virtuosi Concerts’ 25th Anniversary Gala with Angela Cheng

Virtuosi Concerts 25th Anniversary Celebration at The Winnipeg Art Gallery

THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 6 pm

Reception, Ferdinand Eckhardt Hall, 6PM;

Concert, Muriel Richardson Auditorium, 7PM

POET OF THE PIANO

ANGELA CHENG, piano

How better to celebrate Virtuosi’s 25th anniversary than with Angela Cheng, whose connection with Virtuosi Concerts spans almost three decades. Cheng, who currently anchors the new Pinchas Zukerman Piano Trio, has appeared on the Virtuosi stage, as well as with WSO and MCO “with virtuosic playing in full blood” Winnipeg Free Press). Why do Winnipeggers love her so? She is a consummate artist of exquisite sensitivity and her playing is, in a word, “…enthralling” (Globe and Mail). As the Vancouver Sun so eloquently wrote, “Here was music making that had passion, intellect and a deep humanity.”

PROGRAMME: Haydn: Sonata in C Major, L. 60; Beethoven Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110; Chopin Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27, No. 2; Polonaise-Fantasie in A flat major, Op. 61; Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Tickets: Early Bird: $110    Regular: $125