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?
Single Tickets: $30 Adults. $15 Students & Under 30
Noon Concerts: $15 Adults. $5 Students & Under 30
Festival Pass: Adult Pass $115; Senior (65+) $105; Students/Youth (under 29) $35
How to get tickets?
WHEN & WHERE
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.