Agassiz Music Festival
Agassiz Music Festival
Agassiz Music Festival
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Every June Agassiz Music presents the week-long Agassiz Chamber Music Festival in Winnipeg, Canada. Every third year (2011, 2014..), partnering with the Winnipeg Arts Council, Agassiz Music presents the International Cello Festival of Canada.

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Agassiz Chamber Music Festival 2015, June 6th-12th, at the University of Winnipeg

2015 Agassiz Chamber Music Festival
Saturday June 6th - Friday June 12th, 2015

Saturday, June 6
6:45 Pre-Concert Talk by Karen Sunabacka
OPENING CONCERT - Convocation Hall, 7:30pm
W. A. Mozart - String Quartet in G. K387
Karen Sunabacka - Mama's Painting, for string quartet and piano (Manitoba Arts Council commission)
Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor

Sunday, June 7
Sunday Afternoon at the Movies -"Jascha Heifetz - God's Fiddler" a film by Peter Rosen, introduced by Kerry DuWors.
Free Event - 4pm
INSTRUMENTAL MASTERCLASS with Michael Kim, Free Event - Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall 19:00

Monday, June 8
6:45 Pre-Concert Talk by Andrea Ratuski and Kerry DuWors, Meet the Artist and her Instrument
Concert in Convocation Hall, 7:30pm
Franck - Violin and Piano Sonata
Penderecki - "Cadenza" per viola sola
Bartok - Contrasts, for clarinet, violin and piano

Tuesday, June 9
Round-table Discussion with Andrea Ratuski, Kerry DuWors and Nicolo Eugelmi, at McNally Robinson Bookstore, 2:30pm
Concert in Convocation Hall at 7:30pm
"Soldiers and Counts"
Beethoven - String Trio in C minor
Stravinsky - The Soldiers Tale, for clarinet, violin and piano
Beethoven - "Razumovsky" String Quartet Op. 59, no. 1

Wednesday, June 10
Emerging Artist Recital for cello and piano, by cellist David Liam Roberts and pianist Lise Rumpel in EGH at 12:00
"Hassidic Rhapsody" in EGH at 7:30pm
Mahler & Schnittke - Piano Quartet in A minor
John Williams - Theme from Schindler's List, for violin and piano
Joachim Stutschewsky - Hassidic Fantasy, for clarinet, cello and piano
Srul Irving Glick - The Klezmer's Wedding for violin, clarinet and piano

Thursday, June 11
INSTRUMENTAL MASTERCLASS by Kerry DuWors, Free Event - Eckhard-Gramatté Hall 17:00-18:30
"Folklore" - Concert in Convocation Hall at 7:30pm
Bartok - Rhapsody no. 1, for Violin and Piano
Kodaly - Intermezzo, for String Trio
Bartok - Rhapsody no. 2, for Violin and Piano
Brahms - Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in Eb, Op. 120, no. 2
J. Strauss/Schoenberg - Roses from the South for string quartet, piano and harmonium

Friday, June 12
6:45 Pre-Concert Talk by Andrea Ratuski and Stéphane Lemelin
FESTIVAL FINALE - Convocation Hall at 7:30 pm
Allan Gilliland - Three Faces of Ebony for clarinet, piano and string quartet
Paul Schoenfield - Café Music, for piano trio
Beethoven - Septet

Reception to follow. Artists and repertoire are subject to change.

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Congratulations to Grace Hicks of Winnipeg, Manitoba, who won the 2014 Cello Festival ticket draw for 2 passes to the 2015 Agassiz Chamber Music Festival.

Festivals presented since 2000

Some of the artists from our 2013 festival; Paul Marleyn, Thomas Sauer, Andrea Ratuski, Yehonatan Berick, Colin Carr and Dave Harding. Photograph by Mavis Whicker.

In Concert

To hear a sample of a concert from the 2012 Agassiz Chamber Music Festival, click here:

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This track is the Andante con variazione from the Schubert Octet played by Scott St. John, Olivier Thouin, Sharon Wei, Paul Marleyn, Meredith Johnson, Micah Heilbrunn, Jim Ewen, and James Somerville.

To hear a sample from the 2011 International Cello festival of Canada, click here:

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This track is from a rehearsal of the 2011 International Cello Festival of Canada Cello Orchestra playing David Popper's Requiem

Who We Are

Board of Directors

  • Paul Marleyn - Artistic Director and President
  • Gail Bauer - Treasurer
  • Nicola Schaefer - Secretary
  • Desiree Abbey
  • Anne Ratuski
  • Michael Thompson
  • Lawrence Donald - Honourary Counsel


  • Reid Harrison - Festival Director
  • Bowen Xue - Web Development / Maintenance


Agassiz Music was named after Lake Agassiz, the ancient and vast lake which covered large parts of Manitoba, as well as much of Alberta, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Ontario. Our vision is provide international level concerts, masterclasses and events in the centre of the country, featuring the most renowned artists and composers living in this rich geographical area, alongside other nationally and internationally celebrated artists.

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  • The Gail Asper Family Foundation
  • L.B.L. Holdings LTD.
  • Triple A Foundation (The Winnipeg Foundation)
  • The Kuhl Foundation (Outreach and Education)

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