President’s Concerts

President’s Concerts 2012 Extravaganza

HIGH NOTES from HARRY: May 4, 2012

Dear Virtuosi Friend,

Coming up very soon is our President’s Concert 2012 extravaganza – three performances of “From the Middle Ages to Manitoba” in the acoustically splendid Convocation Hall – hosted by Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, on May 11,12 and 13.

Our concert partner is Camerata Nova, and our special guest is the internationally celebrated baroque soprano Maria Luz Alvarez. Yes, it’s true, “Luz” resides improbably in Thompson, Manitoba! Growing up in Spain she spent summers with her mother’s family in Thompson. When she later met and married a travel agent from Thompson while holidaying in Mexico, she welcomed her destiny writ large. She continues to perform most frequently in Spain and Europe but has established close connections with the Winnipeg musical community. She is truly a thrilling singer and an exciting stage presence.

This concert also forms part of the Virtuosi Concerts sub-series “Baroque & Beyond”, anchored by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players’ string quartet.

I don’t want to give away much of the “story”, but from the very opening songs of mystery from medieval Spain, you will be drawn into an inner journey of awe and personal pilgrimage, so that the old will seem new, and the new will merge with the ancient.

The intimacy of Convocation Hall means that there are no bad seats, but the most coveted  seats are in the balcony. Order your tickets early by phone (786-9000), and arrive early to get the best seats.


Virtuosi Concerts, University of Winnipeg’s International Recital and Chamber Music Concert Series, presents the 2012 President’s Concerts: From the Middle Ages to Manitoba with Camerata Nova, the internationally renowned baroque soprano Maria Luz Alvarez and string players from the Virtuosi Concerts, University of Winnipeg’s International Recital and Chamber Music Concert Series, presents the 2012 President’s Concerts: From the Middle Ages to Manitoba with Camerata Nova, the internationally renowned baroque soprano Maria Luz Alvarez and string players from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Convocation Hall.

Friday, May 11 at 8 pm
Saturday, May 12 at 8 pm
Sunday, May 13 at 3 pm

Convocation Hall
Second floor of Wesley Hall
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue

Tickets to From the Middle Ages to Manitoba (adults & seniors $30, students $15) are available by phone through Virtuosi Concerts (786-9000), and at the door of each concert, rush seating.
The concert is based on the theme of pilgrimage – to shrines, within oneself, artistic or across centuries. Conductor Ross Brownlee and early music specialist Douglas Kirk have selected songs of mystery from medieval Spain, glorious large works by Handel, Gombert and Gabrieli, and strong introspective works for string quartet and choir by Manitobans Ken Nichols and Andrew Balfour. Throughout there is variety of performance – solos, duets, choir alone, strings alone and full on double choir and strings.

From the Middle Ages to Manitoba is a partnership between Camerata Nova and Virtuosi Concerts. It will be held in the exceptional acoustic of University of Winnipeg’s newly restored Convocation Hall, and hosted by the President’s Office, with Dr. Axworthy bringing personal greetings from the University on Sunday afternoon.

“On behalf of The University of Winnipeg, I can attest to the great value we place upon being the home of Virtuosi Concerts. I look forward to attending this year’s President’s Concert and encourage others to do the same. We look forward to housing this longstanding series for years to come, for to quote Gabrielle Roy, ‘Could we ever know each other in theslightest without the arts?’” – Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg.

A concert preview can be viewed on the Camerata Nova website beginning the week of May 9. The preview will include portions of an interview with Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg

Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, and come with your mom!

About Camerata Nova

“You never know what you’re going to get…” Camerata Nova is a vocal group without fear, performing medieval, Renaissance, Aboriginal and contemporary music. Often singing a cappella, the group also enjoys accompaniment from didgeridoos, crystal bowls, strings, all kinds of percussion, and/or early instruments. Now in their 15th year, they continue to push the envelope, offering authentic early music performances, premières of Manitoba compositions and an eclectic array in between. Camerata Nova has issued three CDs: Camerata Nova, Mystica and Nova Noël, and a DVD entitled Wa Wa Tey Wak (Northern Lights). Camerata Nova is led by a trio of extraordinary individuals: Artistic Director and Resident Composer Andrew Balfour, Early Music Curator and Conductor Ross Brownlee, and Co-Curator and Conductor Mel Braun.

About Virtuosi Concerts

Virtuosi Concerts is the University of Winnipeg’s International Recital and Chamber Music Concert Series. Under the artistic direction of Harry Strub, Virtuosi Concerts has brought Winnipeg the finest in chamber music for the past twenty-one years. Virtuosi is well known for providing its audiences with an exceptional concert experience. The series features artists and ensembles of national and international profile, and the best of Manitoba artists. This past year over thirty-five artists have performed on the stage of Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at the University. Virtuosi Concerts’ mission is to enhance the University of Winnipeg as a cultural and performing arts centre for the entire city of Winnipeg.

“Virtuosi has provided such a consistent quality of concerts over the years that its audience trusts the organizers – believing that if VCI is putting it on, it must be worthwhile.” – Gwenda Nemerofsky, Winnipeg Free Press

For more information about the President’s Concerts or Virtuosi’s 2012-13 upcoming season, please calling Virtuosi Concerts at 786-9000, or email

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