Impressions of Paradise

Oct 14 – Oct 15

The Music of the Impressionists Festival opens with La mer, Claude Debussy’s masterpiece of impressionist orchestration. Ibert’s charming saxophone concerto epitomizes the French style, and two works by Delius and Messiaen perfectly translate religious imagery into symphonic colour.

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Wagner Unmasked

Nov 4 – Nov 5

Wagner – a mythic composer rarely staged outside major opera centres. The WSO brings the grandeur of Tristan und Isolde to the Winnipeg concert stage. Six leading Wagnerian voices give a triumphant performance of the longing, yearning and sensuality at ... Read more

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Romantic Melody

Feb 10 – Feb 11

Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 is a quintessential Romantic showpiece filled with dashing themes and virtuosic writing. Sibelius’ Second Symphony is his most popular and fitting on the centenary of the Finnish declaration of independence in a tribute to its most famous composer.

  • Daniel Raiskin, conductor
  • Bella Hristova, violin
  • Jacques Hétu: Sur les rives du Saint-Maurice
  • Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major
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Angela Hewitt plays Ravel

Mar 10 – Mar 11

Angela Hewitt is among the world’s most celebrated and recorded pianists. Hear this great Canadian in two of her specialties: the Spanish flare of Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain plus Ravel’s jazz-infused Piano Concerto in G. Arc of ... Read more

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Elijah

Mar 24 – Mar 25

The greatest oratorio since Handel’s Messiah, Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah is an early Romantic masterpiece. An outstanding cast of Manitoba soloists plus chorus recount the story of the Biblical prophet through beautiful hymns, grand choruses and vivid sound pictures.

  • Elroy Friesen, conductor
  • Monica Huisman, soprano
  • Catherine Daniel, mezzo-soprano
  • John Tessier, tenor
  • Gregory Dahl, baritone
  • University of Manitoba Singers

    Elroy Friesen, director

  • Mendelssohn: Elijah
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Tianwa Yang plays Brahms

Apr 21 – Apr 22

Concerto - the word summons up virtuosity, mastery and melody delivered by a single instrument. Brahms’s Violin Concerto is just that, its messages elevated and inspired at the hands of master soloist Tianwa Yang. Then to Bartók, whose blazing Concerto for Orchestra gives each instrument of the orchestra a chance to shine.

  • Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
  • Tianwa Yang, violin
  • Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major
  • Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
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