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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Cheng² Duo

The Canada 150 Project

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:30 PM

Cheng squared duoCHENG² DUO

Bryan Cheng, cello
Silvie Cheng, piano

These Ottawa siblings are called the “Cheng-Squared Duo.” They have created an innovative celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation through music and art. This show will give us a unique multi-sensory experience of Canada’s natural landscapes. Five Canadian composers were commissioned to reflect their own geographical regions in music, complemented synergistically by arresting video backdrops.

The composers, regions, and natural elements are:

Derek Charke –  Atlantic – rain/water
Jordan Pal – Central – fire/metal
Vincent Ho – Prairies – wind/sky
Rodney Sharman – West – earth/mountain
Carmen Braden – North – snow/ice

The premiere is scheduled for the National Gallery of Canada in June, 2017.

About the artistry of the Duo: “Extraordinary playing – you could sense the entire audience caught between gasping and holding back tears. It was that powerful.” – Lake Champlain Islander

PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER CONCERT START TIME OF 7:30 PM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 4, 2017 – Dover Quartet

Triumph of the Spirit

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 7:30 PM

dover quartetDOVER QUARTET

Joel Link, Bryan Lee, violins
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
Camden Shaw, cello

The Dover Quartet is so stunning that we booked them for a return engagement even before they played a note in their 2015 Virtuosi Concerts debut. They swept all the prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition and have since performed hundreds of concerts around the world.

“Triumph of the Spirit” was designed to commemorate two Holocaust composers, Simon Laks and Viktor Ullman. The concert date anticipates a week of remembering – the 79th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Nov. 9) and Remembrance Day (Nov. 11). The sadness and grief associated with these events is paradoxically defused and transformed by the emotional power of all four of the concert’s string quartets reflecting beauty, joy, hope and love.

The Dover Quartet “is sublime”. – The Strad

PROGRAMME:
Felix Mendelssohn: Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81
Simon Laks: Quartet No. 3
Viktor Ullman: Quartet No. 3
Robert Schumann: Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 41, No. 2

PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER CONCERT START TIME OF 7:30 PM

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 7:30 PM
SUNDAY MATINÉE, DECEMBER 10, 3:00 PM

Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December 10, 2017 – Artists of Manitoba: Lara Ciekiewicz, Madeline Hildebrand, WSO String Ensemble

ARTISTS of MANITOBA
Smiles of a Summer Night

LaraSATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 7:30 PM
SUNDAY MATINÉE, DECEMBER 10, 3:00 PM

Lara Ciekiewicz, soprano
Madeline Hildebrand, piano
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble

Winnipeg soprano Lara Ciekiewicz (UWinnipeg BA Hons ‘02) is a compelling and dynamic singing-actress. Manitoba Opera and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra have been recent collaborators. Her talent and success were acknowledged locally by the 2015 Winnipeg Arts Council’s RBC “On the Rise Award”.

She is “…a versatile stage chameleon, able to crack viewers up one minute with her razor-sharp comic timing, before breaking their hearts the next with soulful characterizations.” – Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press

“She is intense, genuine and moving. Her singing is sublime and her acting is compelling. She possesses all the qualities of a future diva.” – Pierre Meunier, La Liberté

PROGRAMME:
Handel: L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato (excerpts)
Dvořák: Terzetto in C, Op. 74, B. 148
Berlioz: Les nuits d’étés (arr. Max Knigge)
Dvořák: Rusalka’s Song to the Moon

FOR SATURDAY NIGHT, PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER CONCERT START TIME OF 7:30 PM.