SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 8 PM
SUNDAY MATINEE, DECEMBER 11, 3 PM
Artists of Manitoba: Brandenburg & Trout
MADELINE HILDEBRAND, piano WSO STRING ENSEMBLE
Gwen Hoebig, Karl Stobbe, Elation Pauls, violins; Daniel Scholz, viola; Yuri Hooker, cello; Meredith Johnson, double bass with guest artist HALEY MARIE, flute
“Madeline Hildebrand is an extraordinary young artist; her pianism is of the highest level.” (Jon Kimura Parker). As the featured artist in this season’s all-Manitoban concert, she performs major chamber works of Bach and Schubert with the leading string players of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Guest flutist Haley Marie joins the ensemble in the Brandenburg Concerto. Her performances have been praised by the German press as “stylish and radiant” (Rheinische Post).
PROGRAMME: Bach Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052; Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050; Schubert Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 “Trout”
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 8 PM
BACH TO THE FUTURE
FLÛTE ALORS! RECORDER QUARTET
Vincent Lauzer, Alexa Raine-Wright, Marie-Laurence Primeau, Caroline Tremblay
Dynamic and versatile, this Montreal based ensemble continues a grand tradition of the recorder ensemble in Québec. They reveal an instrument capable of expressing the most extreme emotions and the most gentle of nuances. Internationally, they have performed in France, Germany and the United States. Michel Pintal from Le Soleil wrote that “Flûte Alors! is like a good wine; they stunned the audience with repertoire from two very different eras.” Their Virtuosi Concert takes us on a journey from Bach to jazz to a neo-baroque work commissioned for composer Matthias Maute, who, as leader of Ensemble Caprice, performed here in January 2015.
PROGRAMME: Bach Five major works including excerpts from the Goldberg Variations, two Concerti, and Medley: Bach to the Future; Dizzy Gillespie A Night in Tunisia; D. Koomans The Jogger; Kosma/Prévert/Godbout Autumn Leaves
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 8 PM
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
CECILIA STRING QUARTET
Min-Jeong Koh, Sarah Nematallah, violins; Caitlin Boyle, viola; Rachel Desoer, cello
Taking their name from St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, the Cecilia String Quartet is now in its second decade. Hailed for their “dauntingly perfect” performances (Berliner Zeitung), they won the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and subsequently appeared internationally and in Canada with Virtuosi Concerts. They have performed for homeless youth, veterans, prisoners, and for the elderly in care facilities. New initiatives include “Xenia Concerts”, welcoming children on the autism spectrum and their families, and “Celebrating Canadian Women in Music”, with newly commissioned works by a ‘quartet’ of talented female composers.
The Cecilias have “…an almost unimaginable level of articulation, communication, timbres, clarity of structure and… a deep musical rhetoric second to none.” (Bremen Kreiszeitung, Bremen, Germany)
PROGRAMME: Mendelssohn String Quartet in D major, Op. 44, No. 1; Katarina Curcin String Quartet No 3; Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810 “Death and the Maiden”