November 7, 2015: New Zealand String Quartet & Igor Begelman

New Zealand String Quartet

Helene Pohl, Douglas Beilman, violins

Gillian Ansell, viola

Rolf Gjelsten, cello


Igor Begelman, clarinet



Saturday, November 7, 2015 8 PM


Timothy Corlis: Raven and The First Men

John Psathas: Manos Unbridled

Mendelssohn: Quartet No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 12

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581


Dear friends,

If we had to limit ourselves to one specific event to highlight the spectacular 25th anniversary season for Virtuosi Concerts, it would be our next concert, Raven and the First Men.

Canadian composer Timothy Corliss has created a haunting piece in honour of Bill Reid’s monumental sculpture which Canada featured on the back of the old $20 bill. The sculpture portrays the Haida legend about the first moment in history when an enormous raven opened up a clamshell and found little men hiding inside – the first human beings.


The music will be performed by an international ensemble – the New Zealand String Quartet and the New York clarinetist, Igor Begelman, who was born in Kiev. They will play against the backdrop of a stunning new film by David N. Dorrington inspired by the story of Raven and the First Men.

Mr. Corliss is flying in for the concert and will introduce his music and the film. Other works on the programme include a short piece by New Zealand composer John Psathas, a Mendelssohn string quartet, and the sublime Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major. (Mendelssohn replaces the previously announced Beethoven quartet.)

The Virtuosi Concerts Young Artist Program introduces violist Emily Rekrut-Pressey to you performing a short work by Henri Vieuxtemps.

In the concert and in the lobby, we will feature a unique art exhibit of the expressive and highly imaginative works of Chilean artist Wanda Luna (now living in Winnipeg). Ms. Luna’s art is a fitting complement to Bill Reid’s sculpture and sets the tone for the entire evening.

The VIRTUOSI EXPERIENCE just got richer!!

See you at the concert,