This Season

  • Saturday, September 22, 2018 – Lara St. John & Matt Herskowitz

     

    LARA ST. JOHN, violin
    MATT HERSKOWITZ, piano

    The Volcanic Violin

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018, 7:30 PM

    Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John has been described as “something of a phenomenon” by The Strad, and a “high-powered soloist” by the New York Times. She performs and records works from Bach to Roma music with equal passion and panache. Her Mozart CD won a Juno Award in 2011. “Lara St. John happens to be a volcanic violinist with a huge fabulous tone that pours out of her like molten lava.” (Los Angeles Times) Matt Herskowitz is an all-round Renaissance man – as classical virtuoso, jazz improviser, composer and arranger. The duo’s two CDs include Jerusalem Trilogy and Shiksa.

    PROGRAMME:
    Beethoven: Sonata No. 9 “Kreutzer”
    Ravel: Sonata No. 2
    Folk Tunes: Nagilara, Israel; Sari Siroun Yar, Armenia; Czardashian Rhapsody, Hungary

    TICKETS:
    Adults: $52.50
    Under 30: $29.40
    Students: $21.00
    To order tickets, please call the Virtuosi Concerts Box Office: 204-786-9000

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018 – Horszowski Trio

    With Fire and Passion

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 7:30 PM

    HORSZOWSKI TRIO
    Jesse Mills, violin
    Raman Ramakrishnan, cello
    Rieko Aizawa, piano

    When the members of the Horszowski Trio played together for the first time, they were hailed by The New York Times as “impressive, lithe, persuasive”. They have continued their successful rise in the chamber music world, earning the praise of critics and audiences alike. The Los Angeles Times raves about the Horszowski Trio as “power players” who create an ensemble that is “memorably monumental”. A critic at Gramophone wrote, “I long to hear more of the Horszowski Trio.” The Virtuosi Concerts audience (2015) agreed and asked for a return engagement. Don’t miss “The most compelling American group to come on the scene.” (The New Yorker)

    PROGRAMME:
    Schumann: Trio No. 1
    Haydn: Trio No. 39
    Mendelssohn: Trio No. 2

    TICKETS:
    Adults: $40.95
    Under 30: $23.10
    Students: $13.65
    To order tickets, please call the Virtuosi Concerts Box Office: 204-786-9000

  • Saturday, November 24, 2018 – Gryphon Trio

    Love Triangle

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 7:30 PM

    GRYPHON TRIO
    Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin
    Roman Borys, cello
    James Parker, piano

    After a quarter century, Canada’s Gryphon Trio has become one of the world’s pre-eminent ensembles. They are “Exquisite… the ensemble and tonal control can be almost breathtaking.” (BBC Magazine) The Trio tours regularly throughout North America and Europe, and their 18 recordings are an encyclopedia of works for the genre, with over 75 new works commissioned for them. Honours include two Juno Awards for Classical Album of the Year, and the Canada Council’s prestigious 2013 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. The Gryphons are at the core in designing Ottawa’s annual Chamberfest. Their Virtuosi program includes the gorgeous “Love Triangle” by Dinuk Wijeratne, who was hailed by the New York Times as “exuberantly creative”.

    PROGRAMME:
    Haydn: Trio No. 33
    Wijeratne: Love Triangle
    Brahms: Trio No. 1, Op. 8

    TICKETS:
    Adults: $40.95
    Under 30: $23.10
    Students: $13.65
    To order tickets, please call the Virtuosi Concerts Box Office: 204-786-9000

  • Saturday, December 15, 2018 – Madeline Hildebrand & The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble

    ARTISTS OF MANITOBA – HOLIDAY IN VIENNA

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 7:30 PM

    Madeline Hildebrand, piano
    The WSO String Ensemble

    Pianist Jon Kimura Parker describes Madeline Hildebrand as “an extraordinary young artist [whose] pianism is of the highest level; she has an instinctive understanding of beautiful sound.” Madeline is a silver medal laureate of the 2013 E-Gré National Music Competition, and a gold medalist of the 2012 WMC McLellan Competition. She has been most enthusiastically received in performances of The Adventures of Pianowoman!™ composed by Randolph Peters. Most recently, she performed in the WSO’s New Music Festival playing the Philip Glass etudes, along with Glass himself. Two years ago, the audience response to this ensemble of players was rapturous. One patron wrote, “The WSO String Ensemble is always excellent, but the addition of [Madeline] made it extra special… She is a pleasure to hear and watch”.

    PROGRAMME:
    Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 1, K.478
    Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
    Korngold: Suite for Two Violins, Cello and Piano left hand, Op. 23

    TICKETS:
    Adults: $40.95
    Under 30: $23.10
    Students: $13.65
    To order tickets, please call the Virtuosi Concerts Box Office: 204-786-9000

  • Saturday, January 12, 2019 – Donald Sinta Quartet

    NO STRINGS ATTACHED

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 7:30 PM

    DONALD SINTA QUARTET
    Dan Graser, soprano sax
    Zach Stern, alto sax
    Joe Girard, tenor sax
    Danny Hawthorne-Foss, baritone sax

    And now for something completely different – chamber music with sax. Imagine an original, but deeply authentic sound – string quartets by Schubert, Shostakovich and Barber arranged for saxophone quartet. The Donald Sinta Quartet, First Prize Winner of the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition, has also won the top prize at several chamber music competitions. They are “… a tight-knit ensemble exploding with power” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) and “astonishing virtuosity” (Palm Beach Daily News). They perform entirely from memory, which strengthens an already palpable connection with their audiences. You will be surprised and delighted!

    PROGRAMME:
    David Kechley: Rush
    Schubert: Quartettsatz in C minor, D.703
    Chris Evan Hass: Volcanic Ash
    Gabriel Pierné: Introduction et variations sur une ronde populaire
    Samuel Barber: Adagio
    Thierry Escaich: Tango Virtuoso
    Shostakovich: Quartet No. 8, Op. 110
    Marc Mellits: Ex Machina
    Roger Zare: Z(4430)

    TICKETS:
    Adults: $40.95
    Under 30: $23.10
    Students: $13.65
    Call the Virtuosi Concerts Box Office to order tickets: 204-786-9000

  • Saturday, February 2, 2019 – Ensemble Made In Canada

    THE MOSAÏQUE PROJECT

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 7:30 PM

    ENSEMBLE MADE IN CANADA
    Elissa Lee, violin
    Sharon Wei, viola
    Rachel Mercer, cello
    Angela Park, piano

    Ensemble Made In Canada (EMIC) is this country’s premier piano quartet, now making a return engagement to our stage. “Beautiful, thoughtful, passionate playing”, one Virtuosi patron wrote. The ensemble “… deliver(s) chamber music on a beautifully polished silver platter.” (Musical Toronto) They are “… a joy to see and hear.” (Kelowna Daily Courier) EMIC has been Ensemble-in-Residence at Western University in London, Ontario, since 2014.

    PROGRAMME:
    Mozart: Quartet No. 2, K.493
    Mosaïque Suite: Commissioned short works by seven Canadian composers
    Brahms: Quartet No. 3, Op. 60

    TICKETS:
    Adults: $40.95
    Under 30: $23.10
    Students: $13.65
    To order tickets, please call the Virtuosi Concerts Box Office: 204-786-9000

  • MONDAY, March 4, 2019 – Janina Fialkowska

    POLAND & PADEREWSKI 1919

    MONDAY, MARCH 4, 7:30 PM

    JANINA FIALKOWSKA, PIANO

    In partnership with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Second Polish Republic, led by pianist, Jan Paderewski. We are proud to bring Janina Fialkowska back to our stage so soon after her stunning 2017 Virtuosi Concerts recital. One patron wrote, “At the end, everyone was smiling. I have never seen anything like it.” Ms. Fialkowska has enchanted audiences for over forty years with her glorious lyrical sound. “There is something soulful about her artistry… her virtuosity is boggling… her musicianship transcends mere technical athleticism… the sound was always warm, generous and dazzlingly coloured… her playing is vibrant, daring, intellectually curious and continuously evolving… a dazzling display.”(Ottawa Citizen)

    PROGRAMME:
    Mozart: Sonata No. 8, K.310
    Germaine Tailleferre: Impromptu in E major
    Fauré: Nocturne No. 4, Op. 36
    Poulenc: Intermezzo in A flat major
    Ravel: Sonatine
    Chopin: Scherzo No. 3, Op. 39; Nocturne Op. 55, No. 2; Mazurkas: Op. 67, No. 2; Op. 33, No. 2, Op. 33, No. 4; Two Preludes, Ballade No. 4, Op. 52

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CONCERT IS ON A MONDAY NIGHT

    TICKETS:
    Adults: $52.50
    Under 30: $29.40
    Students: $21.00

    To order tickets, please call the Virtuosi Concerts Box Office: 204-786-9000

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019 – ROLSTON STRING QUARTET

    LAUREATES OF BISQC 2016

    SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 7:30 PM

    ROLSTON STRING QUARTET
    Luri Lee, violin
    Emily Kruspe, violin
    Hezekiah Leung, viola
    Jonathan Lo, cello

    First Prize Laureate of the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC), the Rolston String Quartet was named among the CBC’s 2016 “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30.” On the heels of their Banff win, the Rolstons immediately embarked upon a rigorous winner’s tour, with many concerts throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Israel. “They performed with a maturity and cohesion rivaling the best string quartets in the world.” (Musical Toronto) The ensemble is currently the Yale School of Music’s Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence.

    PROGRAMME:
    Haydn: Quartet No. 63 “Sunrise”
    Debussy: Quartet, Op. 10
    Brahms: Quartet No. 2, Op. 51

    TICKETS:
    Adults: $40.95
    Under 30: $23.10
    Students: $13.65

    To order tickets, please call the Virtuosi Concerts Box Office: 204-786-9000

  • SUNDAY, April 28, 2019 – GABRIELA MONTERO

    SCENES FROM CHILDHOOD

    SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 3:00 PM

    GABRIELA MONTERO, PIANO

    The Season Finale: The day after two concerto evenings with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the indefatigable Gabriela Montero, performs a very special afternoon recital on our stage. Her visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have won her a devoted following around the world. It’s no surprise, given that “Montero’s playing has everything – crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power in climactic moments, soulful lyricism in the ruminative passages and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity.” (New York Times) Born in Venezuela, she was appointed the first “Honorary Consul” of Amnesty International for her sustained advocacy of human rights in her homeland. She currently resides in Barcelona.

    PROGRAMME:
    Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15
    Chick Corea: Selections from Children’s Songs
    Montero: Scenes from Childhood
    Shostakovich: Sonata No. 2, Op. 61
    Montero: Improvisations

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CONCERT IS ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT 3:00 PM

    TICKETS:
    Adults: $52.50
    Under 30: $29.40
    Students: $21.00

    To order tickets, please call the Virtuosi Concerts Box Office: 204-786-9000