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This Season

  • Saturday, September 9, 2017: Montrose Trio

    Montrose Trio in Concert From Tokyo to Montrose Street

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 7:30 PM

    THE MONTROSE TRIO

    Jon Kimura Parker, piano
    Martin Beaver, violin
    Clive Greensmith, cello

    Jon Kimura Parker performed as guest pianist on the Tokyo String Quartet’s farewell tour in 2013. Jackie had to share a dressing room with Martin and Clive on occasion, and so naturally discussed life after the Tokyo’s retirement. Thus a new chamber trio was born.

    Named after Château Montrose, a storied Bordeaux wine long favoured after concerts, with a nod to the Montrose Arts District of Houston and the street in Winnipeg where Mr. Beaver lived, the Montrose Trio has quickly established a reputation for performances of the highest distinction. In 2015 the Washington Post raved about their superb music making, “…as fine as one could ever expect to hear…they are poised to become one of the top piano trios in the world.”

    PROGRAMME:
    Haydn: Trio in E-flat major, Hob. XV:29
    Shostakovich: Trio in E minor, Op. 67
    Arensky: Trio No. 1, Op. 32
    PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER START TIME OF 7:30 PM

  • Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Cheng² Duo

    The Canada 150 Project

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:30 PM

    Cheng squared duoCHENG² DUO

    Bryan Cheng, cello
    Silvie Cheng, piano

    These Ottawa siblings are called the “Cheng-Squared Duo.” They have created an innovative celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation through music and art. This show will give us a unique multi-sensory experience of Canada’s natural landscapes. Five Canadian composers were commissioned to reflect their own geographical regions in music, complemented synergistically by arresting video backdrops.

    The composers, regions, and natural elements are:

    Derek Charke –  Atlantic – rain/water
    Jordan Pal – Central – fire/metal
    Vincent Ho – Prairies – wind/sky
    Rodney Sharman – West – earth/mountain
    Carmen Braden – North – snow/ice

    The premiere is scheduled for the National Gallery of Canada in June, 2017.

    About the artistry of the Duo: “Extraordinary playing – you could sense the entire audience caught between gasping and holding back tears. It was that powerful.” – Lake Champlain Islander

    PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER CONCERT START TIME OF 7:30 PM

  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 – Dover Quartet

    Triumph of the Spirit

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 7:30 PM

    dover quartetDOVER QUARTET

    Joel Link, Bryan Lee, violins
    Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
    Camden Shaw, cello

    The Dover Quartet is so stunning that we booked them for a return engagement even before they played a note in their 2015 Virtuosi Concerts debut. They swept all the prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition and have since performed hundreds of concerts around the world.

    “Triumph of the Spirit” was designed to commemorate two Holocaust composers, Simon Laks and Viktor Ullman. The concert date anticipates a week of remembering – the 79th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Nov. 9) and Remembrance Day (Nov. 11). The sadness and grief associated with these events is paradoxically defused and transformed by the emotional power of all four of the concert’s string quartets reflecting beauty, joy, hope and love.

    The Dover Quartet “is sublime”. – The Strad

    PROGRAMME:
    Felix Mendelssohn: Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81
    Simon Laks: Quartet No. 3
    Viktor Ullman: Quartet No. 3
    Robert Schumann: Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 41, No. 2

    PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER CONCERT START TIME OF 7:30 PM

  • Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December 10, 2017 – Artists of Manitoba: Lara Ciekiewicz, Madeline Hildebrand, WSO String Ensemble

    ARTISTS of MANITOBA
    Smiles of a Summer Night

    LaraSATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 7:30 PM
    SUNDAY MATINÉE, DECEMBER 10, 3:00 PM

    Lara Ciekiewicz, soprano
    Madeline Hildebrand, piano
    Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble

    Winnipeg soprano Lara Ciekiewicz (UWinnipeg BA Hons ‘02) is a compelling and dynamic singing-actress. Manitoba Opera and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra have been recent collaborators. Her talent and success were acknowledged locally by the 2015 Winnipeg Arts Council’s RBC “On the Rise Award”.

    She is “…a versatile stage chameleon, able to crack viewers up one minute with her razor-sharp comic timing, before breaking their hearts the next with soulful characterizations.” – Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press

    “She is intense, genuine and moving. Her singing is sublime and her acting is compelling. She possesses all the qualities of a future diva.” – Pierre Meunier, La Liberté

    PROGRAMME:
    Handel: L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato (excerpts)
    Berlioz: Les nuits d’étés (arr. Max Knigge)
    Pärt: Fratres, arr. For violin and piano
    Dvořák: Rusalka’s Song to the Moon

    FOR SATURDAY NIGHT, PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER CONCERT START TIME OF 7:30 PM.

  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 – Ilya Poletaev

    The Passionate Pianist

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 7:30 PM

    Ilya PoletaevILYA POLETAEV, piano

    From Moscow to Israel to Canada, Ilya Poletaev has been studying piano since the age of six. In 2010, he captured First Prize at the prestigious International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig and, as the winner, appeared in recital at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. He has expertise on a variety of keyboards and repertoire from the 16th -21st centuries. The Philadelphia Inquirer praised his “unfailingly gorgeous tone” in delivering “an interpretation of considerable individuality.” Mr. Poletaev is on staff at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.

    “All that he played [on piano and harpsichord] was deeply considered…His intelligence was luminous.” – The Berkshire Eagle

    PROGRAMME:
    Bach: Partita No. 6
    Beethoven: Sonata Op. 109
    Walter Buczynski: Sonata No. 12
    Chopin:Nocturne in B major, Op. 62, No. 1; Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op. 61; Selected Mazurkas

    PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER CONCERT START TIME OF 7:30 PM

  • Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Borromeo String Quartet

    borromeo string quartetLeibquartett

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 7:30 PM

    BORROMEO STRING QUARTET
    Nicholas Kitchen, Kristopher Tong, violins
    Mai Motobachi, viola

    Yeesun Kim, cello

    After more than a quarter century together, the Borromeo String Quartet “is simply the best there is on the planet!” (The Boston Globe) They are “…a fearless ensemble” who play with “ravishing fury!” (Gramophone Magazine)

    “It is simply hubris to pen a critique of their performance!”– The Boston Musical Intelligencer

    PROGRAMME:
    Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, for string quartet
    Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13
    Sebastian Currier: String Quartet
    Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130, with Grosse Fugue (“Leibquartett”)

    PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER CONCERT START TIME OF 7:30 PM

  • Saturday, March 17, 2018 – Chooi Brothers & Philip Chiu

    Palette of Colours

    SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 7:30 PM

    Chooi and ChuiNikki Chooi, Timothy Chooi, violins
    Philip Chiu, piano

    Nikki Chooi was recently appointed Concertmaster of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Timothy Chooi captured the 2010 Grand Prix of the l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal at the age of 16.

    For their Prairie Debut tour, these two brothers from Victoria are joined by pianist Philip Chiu, who was awarded the inaugural $125,000 Prix Goyer for “Extreme Emerging Artist” in classical music in 2015.

    Art metaphors abound as critics extoll the “beauty of colour and tone” of the Chooi Brothers (The Edmonton Journal) and portray Philip Chiu as a “pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colours.” (La Presse)

    PROGRAMME:
    Moszkowski: Suite in G minor for 2 Violins and Piano
    Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in D minor for Violin and Piano
    Franck: Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano
    Shostakovich: Five Pieces for 2 Violins and Piano
    Sarasate: Navarra for 2 Violins and Piano

    PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER CONCERT START TIME OF 7:30 PM

  • Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Robert Cohen

    The Complete Bach Cello Suites

    SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 7:30 PM (2 INTERMISSIONS)

    robert cohenROBERT COHEN, cello

    We heard Robert Cohen twice on our stage in recent years as cellist of the legendary Fine Arts Quartet. He was selected for this marathon performance of the Bach Cello Suites simply because “he plays like a God!” (New York Stereo Review)

    Robert Cohen’s early teachers included Jacqueline du Pré and Mistoslav Rostropovich. He has worked with all the great conductors from Abbado to Masur to Tilson-Thomas, and collaborated with Yehudi Menuhin, Menahem Pressler and the Amadeus String Quartet. His many recordings have been acclaimed as “outstanding” (Gramophone) and “compellingly intuitive”. (BBC Music Magazine)

    Bach began composing these works exactly 300 years ago in 1717, 150 years before Confederation. They remain an enduring source of fascination, inspiration and consolation.

    For this landmark Winnipeg cultural event… “Lovers of fine string playing should drop everything!” (The Guardian)

    PROGRAMME:
    Bach:
    The Six Cello Suites

    PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER CONCERT START TIME OF 7:30 PM

     

  • Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Hermitage Piano Trio

    Brahms: The Late Works

    SATURDAY, MAY 5, 7:30 PM

    hermitage trioHERMITAGE PIANO TRIO

    Misha Keylin, violin
    Sergey Antonov, cello
    Ilya Kazantsev, piano

    The Hermitage Trio, who opened our 25th Anniversary Season in 2015, is back by popular demand to close the 2017-18 season. One patron remarked that what the three Russians gave us was “easily one of the best concerts ever!” The comment mirrors an early rave review by the Washington Post: The Hermitage Trio plays with “…such power and sweeping passion that it left you nearly out of breath.”

    We welcome the Trio back to Winnipeg for our season finale, performing some of the deepest music ever written.

    PROGRAMME:
    Brahms:
    Piano and Cello Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 99 (1886)
    Piano and Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 100 (1888)
    Three Intermezzi for solo piano, Op. 117 (1892)
    Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101 (1886)

    PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER CONCERT START TIME OF 7:30 PM