This Season

THE TEMPEST

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 8 PM

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PETER VINOGRADE, piano

In 2008, Peter Vinograde played the Goldberg Variations as well as two Bach concerti on the Virtuosi Concerts stage. The late Gwenda Nemerofsky wrote that it was “the best live performance this reviewer has heard to date; Vinograde brought us on a voyage through Bach’s imaginative brilliance as surely as if he had taken us by the hand” (Winnipeg Free Press). As the Los Angeles Times noted, “Bach’s striking clarity” as well as “the exquisitely sultry playing of Albeniz” reflected what many have written about Peter’s musicianship – “This is outstanding pianism!” (Fanfare)

PROGRAMME: Bach Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828;
Rachmaninoff Prelude Op. 23, No. 1 in F sharp minor, Prelude Op. 23, No. 3 in D minor, Prelude Op. 32, No. 8 in A minor; Beethoven Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2 “Tempest”;
Albéniz Iberia – Book 4

 


 

ECSTASY & ANGST

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 8 PM

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HORSZOWSKI TRIOJesse Mills, violin; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Rieko Aizawa, piano

Ms. Aizawa was the last pupil of the legendary pianist, Mieczyslaw Horszowski who performed up until his death in 1993, at the age of 101. The Los Angeles Times calls the Horszowski Trio, “power players”, adding that they are “memorably monumental… with a big, bold, dug-in tone”. “Their playing is impeccable; their artistry is already at a level that most chamber ensembles strive for but seldom attain!” (Las Vegas Review-Journal). They are “… destined for great things”, wrote The New Yorker.

PROGRAMME: Beethoven Piano Trio in G major, Op. 1, No. 2; Shostakovich Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 67, No. 2; Dvorˇák Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65

 


 

FANTAZYE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 8 PM

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ZODIAC TRIO

Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet; Vanessa Mollard, violin; Riko Higuma, piano

With a Clarinet Trio, great care must be taken to blend two soprano voices, clarinet and violin, so as to create a different type of unity with the piano. The Zodiac Trio sings with a single voice, yet sparkles with diversity. In France, the Trio is considered “one of the best chamber ensembles of its generation” (La Marseillaise). They display “… remarkable musicality of rare intensity” (La Tribune) and perform with “…seemingly effortless ease” (San Angelo Standard Times). We welcome the Zodiac Trio on this return engagement.

PROGRAMME: Schickele Serenade For Three; Weber Grand Duo Concertante for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major, Op. 48; Shostakovich Three Duets, Op. 97d; Piazzolla Milonga del Ángel and Muerte del Ángel; Andrew List Klezmer Fantazye; Brahms Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

 


 

ARTISTS OF MANITOBA: BRANDENBURG & TROUT

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 8 PM
SUNDAY MATINEE, DECEMBER 11, 3 PM

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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”

 


 

BACH TO THE FUTURE

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 8 PM

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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

 


 

DEATH AND THE MAIDEN

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 8 PM

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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”

 


 

…MY WEEKEND WITH ANGELA

SUNDAY MATINEE, MARCH 12, 3 PM

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ANGELA HEWITT, piano

Angela Hewitt is among the world’s most celebrated and recorded pianists. Don’t miss this rare Winnipeg opportunity to hear her in recital. Angela is “a positive sensation… the complete performer… with the ability to convey a spiritual seriousness” (The Sunday Times). At the Edinburgh Festival, the reviewer was simply overwhelmed, writing: “What a pianist. What a performance. What an experience!”

PROGRAMME: Bach Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825; Bach Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826; Scarlatti selected Sonatas; Ravel Sonatine; Chabrier Bourée Fantasque

 


 

BEYOND SUBSCRIPTION: CHOPIN & JANINA

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 8 PM

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JANINA FIALKOWSKA, piano

Janina Fialkowska returns to the Virtuosi stage as “one of the Grandes Dames of piano playing (Frankfurter Allgemeine). She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was bestowed the Governor General’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award in Classical Music. She has played with the foremost orchestras worldwide and her discography includes the BBC Music Magazine’s 2013 “Instrumental CD of the Year” award. She is a “born Chopin interpreter” said Arthur Rubinstein, after she won his inaugural International Chopin Competition in 1974, and he remained her close friend and mentor for the rest of his life.

“Her playing is sheer bliss” (The Sunday Times, London)

“She is an international treasure” (The Toronto Star)

PROGRAMME: Chopin Polonaise in E flat minor, Op. 26, No. 2; Nocturne in B major, Op. 9, No. 3; Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, Op. 51; Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38; Waltz in B minor, Op. 69, No. 2; Waltz in A flat major, Op. 42; Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49; Scherzo No. 4 in E major; Prelude in E flat minor, Op. 28; Prelude in D flat major, Op. 28; 3 Mazurkas, Op. 50; Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20

Subscriber ticket price $40
Non-subscriber ticket price $50

 


 

CLASSICAL ROOTS, LATIN PASSION

SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 8 PM

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DALÍ QUARTET

Domenic Solerni, Carlos Rubio, violins; Adriana Linares, viola; Jesús Morales, cello

With an artist’s grace and a Caribbean soul, the Dalí Quartet is today’s freshest voice in Classical and Latin- American music. In the spirit of famed Spanish artist Salvador Dalí, the Dalí Quartet embraces imagination and excellence as central to its art form and has brought its signature Latin-Classical connection to audiences in Canada, the U.S. and South America. “The Dalí Quartet’s Latin-American program alternately glimmered and blazed”, wrote the Philadelphia Inquirer.

PROGRAMME: Amaya Angelica; Plaza Fuga Romántica, Fuga Criolla; Haydn String Quartet in G major, Op. 76, No. 1; Piazzolla Four, for Tango; Turina La oración del torero, Op. 34; Ginastera String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20

 


 

THE CELLO RECITAL

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 8 PM

COLIN CARR, cello
THOMAS SAUER, piano

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The English cellist, Colin Carr, is no stranger to Winnipeg and it’s no mystery as to why he is so frequently invited back. One of the brightest stars of the Agassiz International Cellofest, “His infectious joy and ability to communicate seemingly every shade of emotion in whatever he is playing has consistently led to roaring standing ovations.” (Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press). His playing is “full of poetry and subtlety” (Gazeta Wuborcza, Lublin, Poland) and can achieve the spiritual heights of what Stephan Bonfield called “the transportatively transcendental” (Calgary Herald).

Colin Carr has played around the globe with his regular duo partner, pianist Thomas Sauer, and Virtuosi Concerts is honoured to present them both on our stage.

PROGRAMME: Bach Viola da Gamba Sonata in G major, BWV 1027; Beethoven Sonata in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2; Beethoven Variations from Mozart’s Opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute); Brahms Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99