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Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg
Opening Concert of our 2017/2018 Season!
Gregory Lewis, violin; Paul Williamson, piano. Join us on 15 October 2017 at 2 pm at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Their programme features Sonatas from composers Mozart, Brahms, Ysaÿe and Franck!
Praised for his “brilliant technique and control” (Chronicle Journal) and “wonderful musical personality” (Winnipeg Free Press), Gregory Lewis has established himself as one of Canada’s most prominent rising violinists. Appearing with the Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, and Kitchener-Waterloo symphony orchestras, Lewis has also had numerous engagements with student and chamber orchestras, including Consortium Aurora Borealis and the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra. As a recitalist, he has been featured from coast to coast in Canada, with highlights including the Scotia Festival of Music (Halifax), Virtuosi Recital Series (Winnipeg), the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg, Ottawa Chamberfest, and most recently a recital tour of British Columbia. He has also appeared in recital in New York, Indiana, and Colorado, most notably in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall twice in 2015.
Une saison musicale qui débute avec beauté
Le Manitoba Chamber Orchestra a lancé la saison musicale 2016-17 de Winnipeg par un très beau concert dirigé par James Ehnes, qui a joué la partie solo du Concerto pour violon de Beethoven.
Enfant chéri du Manitoba, James Ehnes se retrouvait presqu’en famille à Winnipeg. Violoniste adulé partout dans le monde, il a animé ce concert avec humilité et simplicité, ne cherchant pas à impressionner par son brio mais entraînant tous les musiciens à se dépasser par la qualité de son jeu.
On a senti un climat de camaraderie et de bonne humeur inhabituel lorsque les musiciens ont fait leur entrée en scène. Quand James Ehnes a pris la place de violon solo pour les deux sérénades présentées en première partie, il a été accueilli en ami par un Karl Stobbe, violon solo du MCO, souriant et blagueur. C’est d’un même souffle que l’orchestre a attaqué la Sérénade pour cordes en mi mineur op. 20 de Sir Edward Elgar, qui fut suivie de la Sérénade pour cordes en mi majeur, op. 22 d’Antonín Dvořák.
[Read more…] about MCO/Ehnes La Liberté review!
THE TOUR: OCTOBER 2016
The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra will tour under the direction of its Music Director and Principal Conductor, Anne Manson. The Orchestra will be joined by the internationally acclaimed recording artist, Dame Evelyn Glennie. Dame Evelyn is a renowned soloist and recording artist with a compelling story of overcoming profound deafness to create a career as a solo percussionist.
The program will consist of familiar repertoire by composers such as Vivaldi and Corelli, arranged for vibraphone and/or marimba by Dame Evelyn. Her arrangement of the Vivaldi piccolo concerto for marimba has been performed all over the world to great acclaim. Two of the MCO’s favourite composers, Michael Oesterle and Christos Hatzis, have written new works for the MCO and Dame Evelyn.
7:30 pm, 5 October 2016, Bourgie Hall
Presenter: Arte Musica Foundation
October 8 & 9, Glenn Gould Studio
With support from
Ehnes dazzles doing double duty
Brandon violin virtuoso shows off conductor chops
Manitoba’s own golden boy of music made magic again when the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra kicked off its 2016-17 season Tuesday.
The program featured spectacular Brandon-born violin virtuoso James Ehnes performing as both soloist and conductor, attesting not only to his versatility, but also sheer stamina and larger-than-life capacity to do so many things at once — and well.
No stranger to local audiences, Ehnes last appeared on the MCO stage as recently as May when he stopped here with pianist Andrew Armstrong as part of his still ongoing Canadian recital tour celebrating his 40th birthday. Every concert that features the award-winning artist feels like a homecoming, with his rapt listeners welcoming him to the stage with loud cheers and foot stomps as though a red-hot rock star.