Agassiz Chamber Music Festival

May 27, 2019

June 2, 2019

Free - $30

Eckhart Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg



Events Description

Agassiz Chamber Music Festival features renowned musicians every June, from across Canada, the US and overseas. Est. 2000.

The Agassiz Chamber Music Festival was founded by cellist Paul Marleyn, the Festival’s Artistic Director, in collaboration with the University of Manitoba School of Music (now The Desautel Faculty of Music) in June 1999. The Festival is named after Lake Agassiz, the ancient and vast lake that covered large parts of Manitoba as well as parts of Alberta, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

The Festival has been instrumental in the presentation of the International Cello Festival of Canada in 2011 and in 2014 in collaboration with the Winnipeg Arts Council. In addition to performances of cello sonatas and concertos, both cello festivals featured master classes, competitions, outdoor performances and premieres of cello orchestral works: a double cello concerto by Jocelyn Morlock in 2011 and a triple cello concerto by Vincent Ho in 2014.

To date the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival has premiered 12 commissioned works by Canadian composers and has performed an additional 29 Canadian works.

2019 Festival Artists:

Karl Stobbe – violin
Axel Strauss – violin
Aaron Au – viola
Paul Marleyn – cello
Samuel Nadurak – cello
Micah Heilbrunn – clarinet,
Martin Roscoe – piano
Stephane Lemelin – piano
Jim Hiscott – accordion and composer
Sarah Jo Kirsch – soprano
Duncan Mercredi – narration and poet

Penderecki String Quartet

Jeremy Bell – violin
Jerzy Kaplanek – violin
Christine Vlajk – viola
Katie Schlaikjer – cello

Randolph Peters – composer
Andrea Ratuski – host



  • Cree/Métis Story-telling and Poetry by Duncan Mercredi

  • a new string quartet by Winnipeg’s Randolph Peters

  • the Manitoba Premiere of Gyorgy Ligeti’s 1st String Quartet

  • the Manitoba Premiere of Penderecki’s 2nd String Quartet

  • Emerging Artist Recital by Winnipeg-bred cellist, Samuel Nadurak

  • Sarah Jo Kirsch sings Britten Michelangelo Songs

  • a rarely heard performance of Bartok’s 3rd String Quartet

  • resident string quartet, the Penderecki String Quartet

  • the return of artists from Agassiz’s inaugural year in 2000, Aaron Au and Stéphane Lemelin

  • Micah Heilbrunn performs in Jim Hiscott’s Blue Ocean, as recorded by CBC Records

  • Agassiz goes on Tour; Winnipeg artists Karl Stobbe, Jim Hiscott and Andrea Ratuski and more perform in Ontario’s Festival of the Sound, in Canada biggest chamber music festival in July

Who is it for?


Tickets :

Single Tickets: $30 Adults. $15 Students & Under 30

Noon Concerts: $15 Adults. $5 Students & Under 30

Masterclasses: FREE

Festival Pass: Adult Pass $115; Senior (65+) $105; Students/Youth (under 29) $35

How to get tickets?

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Date & Time: May 27 – June 2, 2019

Venue: Most Agassiz concerts are held at Eckhardt Gramatté Hall, located on the 3rd floor of Centennial Hall at the University of Winnipeg (in downtown Winnipeg).

NOTE: When you enter Centennial Hall, take the escalators up two levels to reach Eckhardt Gramatté Hall on the 3rd floor.

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