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Mysterious Barricades Concert - Winnipeg Manitoba

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University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music

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Lead Organizer: Dr. Laura Loewen

Laura LoewenPraised for expressivity, virtuosity, and committed playing, Winnipeg collaborative pianist Laura Loewen has appeared in concerts throughout North America and in Europe, Asia and South America. Dedicated to sharing her passion for ensemble playing and coaching, she is a professor of Collaborative Piano and the Vocal Coach at the University of Manitoba’s Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music. More
Laura.Loewen@umanitoba.ca


Artists and Performers:

Desiree AbbeyDesiree Abbey (cello)
A native of Toronto, Desiree Abbey has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, she has toured Europe with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestral Academy, played at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra Seminar and served as Assistant Principal cellist for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for the 2011-2012 season.
Desiree is an active freelance musician in Winnipeg, performing with the many of the local orchestral and chamber ensembles and currently serves as Principal Cellist with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Desiree holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Desmond Hoebig, and both a Master of Music Degree and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College The New School for Music with Timothy Eddy.
Desi is a passionate music educator! She feels blessed to work with wonderful children in the Sistema Winnipeg program, runs a private home studio as a registered Suzuki cello teacher, and has taught as a sessional instructor of cello and chamber music for the University of Manitoba, Canadian Menonite University and Brandon University. When she is not playing cello, Desi can be found walking her dog Koda with her husband and daughter.More






Andrew BalfourAndrew Balfour (composer)
Andrew Balfour is the founder, conceptual creator and Artistic Director of Camerata Nova. In addition to extensive choral experience (singing, directing, coaching and clinician work with a range of choirs in Manitoba), Andrew has become a serious composer and arranger. He also specializes in creating “concept concerts” (Wa Wa Tey Wak, Medieval Inuit, Falls the Shadow) for Camerata Nova, where a theme is explored through an eclectic choice of music, including new works written for the performance, and innovative inter-genre and interdisciplinary collaborations.
Of Cree descent, Andrew started writing his own compositions in 1998. Since then, he has written a body of choral, instrumental and orchestral work, including Gregorio’s Nightmare, Raven Can Tango, Wa Wa Tey Wak (Northern Lights), Fantasia on a Poem by Rumi, Missa Brevis, Medieval Inuit, Kihewetaniy (Eagle Feather), and Voice of the Lake. Many of Andrew’s works have been performed and/or broadcast locally, nationally and internationally. As well, several are featured on Camerata Nova recordings. In 2010, two new orchestral works by Andrew are being premiered: Manitou Sky was performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) in June and Oscana will be performed by the Regina Symphony Orchestra in September with Andrew conducting. More






Tadeusz BiernackiTadeusz Biernacki (piano)










Mel BraunMel Braun (baritone)
Baritone Mel Braun is a versatile performer, equally at home in oratorio, recital, and opera, always open to new collaborations. He is well-known to Canadian audiences for his many performances and broadcasts of Early Music with Tafelmusik and Opera Atelier, and for his frequent appearances across Canada in the Masterworks of Bach and Handel. These appearances include performances with the Calgary Bach Festival, Edmonton’s Pro Coro, Symphony Nova Scotia, Winnipeg’s Canzona, Guelph Chamber Choir, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. New Music, another of Mel’s interests, has seen him premiere works with the Banff Centre, Winnipeg’s Groundswell, Manitoba Opera, Winnipeg New Music Festival, Kitchener’s Sound in the Land Festival, Toronto’s New Music Gallery, and Saskatoon Symphony. As a recitalist, he is renowned for his creative approach to Song, whether it’s singing Schumann’s Liederkreis while on stage with the dancers of Winnipeg’s Q Dance, staging Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch, or tracing the life of Schubert among his friends as he completed his final work, Die Winterreise. His ongoing duo partnership with pianist Laura Loewen is at the centre of many of these collaborations. When not performing as a soloist, he sings with the Emerado Trio, and with Il Primo, an all-baritone trio.More
mbraun@cc.umanitoba.ca





Lara CiekiewiczLara Ciekiewicz (vocal)
Versatile soprano Lara Ciekiewicz is quickly making her mark as a compelling, intelligent, and accomplished singing-actress. As a mark of her increasing stature in the arts world, Ms. Ciekiewicz received the Winnipeg Arts Council’s RBC ‘On the Rise Award’ for 2015. An alumna of l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, she has distinguished herself at San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program, the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, Opera NUOVA and the Banff Centre. She is featured in the world premiere of Estacio’s OURS at Opera on the Avalon in July of 2016 and later makes her role debut as Amelia in SIMON BOCCANEGRA for Pacific Opera Victoria. Her ‘Salute to Vienna’ New Year’s concerts this season take her to California.
A favourite with Winnipeg audiences, Ms. Ciekiewicz was heard during 2015-2016 season as the Countess in Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for Manitoba Opera and as soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Winnipeg Symphony. Gala New Year’s concerts – ‘Salute to Vienna’ – were on her schedule in Miami, West Palm Beach and Coral Springs, Florida.More






Tracy DahlTracy Dahl (vocal)
With her 2006 debut at La Scala as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Canada's premier coloratura soprano Tracy Dahl has taken another milestone in a career that has brought her together with such opera houses as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and the Chatelet in Paris, to name a few. Her "superlative coloratura" (Globe and Mail), "deliciously accurate, stratospheric" (Opera), is regularly singled out by critics. "Her extreme high notes, and she threw in a lot of them, are easy and spectacular." (Boston Globe). She has "a voice filled with sunshine, rainbows and laser light" according to Opera Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle finds her "bright, sparkling, and bouncing, accurate and winning." "Where pure, well-tuned, characterful, and seemingly easy acrobatics through two and a half octaves are required, Dahl is among a relative few who can do it all superlatively well," comments the Calgary Herald. In 2009 she was awarded the prestigious Opera Canada Award.More












Edmund Dawe (piano)

Esprit de Choeur ChoirEsprit de Choeur ChoirEsprit de Choeur Choir
(Valdine Anderson, conductor)
Esprit de Choeur was formed in the fall of 2011, initially made up of voice students (and daughters!) of Grammy nominated soprano Valdine Anderson. They won triple gold at the 2012 Winnipeg Music Festival in their first public performance!
Esprit de Choeur is delighted to plant roots with the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Music Preparatory Studies Department and will begin its inaugural year as an auditioned choir for women’s voices starting in the fall of 2012. Music will range from contemporary compositions by living composers to the best of classical, from folk song to jazz, presented in concerts throughout the season. More






Richard GillisRichard Gillis (trumpet)
A versatile performer and conductor, Richard Gillis began his musical studies in rural Saskatchewan where he played in the school band and in his father’s dance band. In high school, he performed in the Saskatchewan Youth Band and studied at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts.
Richard then went to Saskatoon where he attended the University of Saskatchewan, organized his own musical ensembles, and performed with several groups, including the Saskatoon Symphony. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree, Mr. Gillis was instrumental in founding the NewWest Brass Quintet with whom he recorded an album and performed over 300 concerts and broadcasts throughout Western Canada.More









Rosemarie Van der HooftRosemarie Van der Hooft (vocal)
Mezzo-soprano Rosemarie van der Hooft holds a Masters of Early Music Performance from McGill University and has studied with early music specialist Julianne Baird and 20th century specialist Jane Manning. She is widely respected for her interpretations of Bach and Handel, performing this repertoire in England, the United States, and Canada. Rosemarie has performed in concert and oratorio with leading orchestras and early music organizations across Canada including Tafelmusik, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony Society, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Richard Eaton Singers, Guelph Chamber Choir and the Elora Festival, and in the United States with the New York Collegium, Washington Bach Consort, American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Boston Handel & Haydn Society, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Seattle Baroque. She is featured with the Aradia Baroque Ensemble on the Naxos label recording of Purcell’s music for The Tempest, as well as a music video excerpt from this CD for broadcast on BRAVO!. Rosemarie enjoys frequent recital performances with many Winnipeg colleagues performing music of all eras. She is a founding member of and administrator for the vocal/instrumental ensemble EMERADO. In 2009 Rosemarie founded the Professor Bach Project and serves as Co-artistic Director and Administrator, mentor and performer.
Ms van der Hooft’s interpretation of repertoire from the 20th and 21st century has received widespread critical acclaim. She has been a frequent performer at the Winnipeg Symphony’s New Music Festival. She regularly performs, premieres and commissions the work of Canada’s foremost composers including R. Murray Shafer, Randolph Peters, Michael Oesterle and James Rolfe among others. Most recently Rosemarie performed the premiere of Randolph Peter’s Violinmaker’s Lament at the Envoi Poetry Festival in Winnipeg. She has performed the works of international composers such as Gavin Bryars, Bright Sheng, and Sophia Gubaidulina, as well as the Canadian premiere of two works by Peter Sculthorpe for CBC Toronto’s Encounters Series and Soundstreams Canada. Rosemarie’s operatic work reflects her baroque and 20th century specialties including Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the American Bach Soloists, Handel’s Ariodante with the Boston Handel & Haydn Society, and Tamerlano at the Aldeburgh Festival in England, and the Manitoba Opera premiere of Randolph Peters’ opera Nosferatu.
Rosemarie is active in Winnipeg as a teacher and adjudicator. She is on faculty at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) where she teaches Voice, Vocal Pedagogy and Lyric Diction. Rosemarie is in demand as a clinician for workshops and master classes at universities and conservatories in Western Canada including U of M, CMU, Brandon University, University of Lethbridge, University of Alberta, King’s University College (Edmonton), CMU Community School of Music and Arts, Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts (MCMA) and U of M Preparatory Division. She is a well respected adjudicator at festivals and competitions throughout Manitoba, most notably as juror at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition in Brandon. Rosemarie is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and serves as secretary for the Manitoba Chapter of NATS.

Monica HuismanMonica Huisman (soprano)
Dutch-Canadian Soprano, Monica Huisman has been hailed as possessing a soprano voice that ’embodies both flawless technique and dramatic impact’ (Opera Canada). Ms. Huisman has delighted audiences from Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw to Guatemala City with the reputation of her ‘silken’ voice ‘consistently crafting each note into a work of art’ (Winnipeg Free Press).
She has soared on the stages of Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, The Netherlands Opera, Manitoba Opera, Opera Ontario and Saskatoon Opera in productions of Carmen, Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Cunning Little Vixen, La bohème, Magic Flute, Hansel und Gretel and Lakmé. Many of these performances have been broadcasted by CBC Radio on Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.More









Margruite Krahn (visual artist)

Dr. Laura LoewenDr. Laura Loewen (piano)
Praised for expressivity, virtuosity, and committed playing, Canadian collaborative pianist Laura Loewen has appeared in concerts throughout North America and in Europe, Asia and South America. Dedicated to sharing her passion for ensemble playing and coaching, she is a professor of Collaborative Piano and the Vocal Coach at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music. She is a founding faculty artist of VISI (Vancouver International Song Institute), and is also on the faculties of the NUOVA opera training program in Edmonton, Alberta, the Contemporary Opera Lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and RICE (Rio International Cello Encounter) in Brazil.
An extremely versatile pianist, Dr. Loewen has performed extensively with singers, instrumentalists and chamber ensembles, and is equally comfortable in traditional and contemporary idioms. She has appeared in concert with artists such as Charles Castleman, Tracy Dahl, Wendy Nielsen, Kimberly Barber, Jasper Wood, Eugene Rousseau, and William Bennett. She is a regular recital partner of fellow University of Manitoba faculty members baritone Mel Braun, tenor Robert MacLaren, violinist Oleg Pokhanovski, and cellist Minna Rose Chung.
Loewen and duo partner, saxophonist Allen Harrington, have been performing together for more than a decade and are acclaimed for their virtuosic, musical, and electrifying performances. Loewen is also a founding member of The Galileo Trio with Kerry duWors, violin and Mark Rudoff, cello (“an enlightened idea” – Winnipeg Free Press). and Emerado with Rosemarie van der Hooft, mezzo-soprano, and Mel Braun, baritone (“true camaraderie and rapport” – Winnipeg Free Press).More






James McLennanJames McLennan (vocal)
ames McLennan has been celebrated for his “emotional intensity” (Opera News), "considerable charm," and "strong yet pure tenor," (Toronto Star) in a career encompassing over 25 roles on opera stages across Canada. An alumnus of Toronto's famed Second City improv and comedy training centre, his lovesick protagonists, quirky villains and comical sidekicks have been winning over audiences from coast to coast for more than a decade.
James McLennan's "freely expressive and carefully nuanced singing" (Toronto Star) has also been featured in repeat performances with major Canadian orchestras and musical ensembles.
Recent opera roles include Almaviva (THE BARBER OF SEVILLE) for Edmonton Opera; Tamino (THE MAGIC FLUTE) with the Sudbury Symphony; Caius in FALSTAFF, Goro in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, and Young Bilodeau in the world premiere of LES FELUETTES at Montreal Opera; Spoletta (TOSCA) and Remendado (CARMEN) with Opera Lyra Ottawa; and Brighella (ARIADNE AUF NAXOS) and Goro (MADAMA BUTTERFLY) with Pacific Opera Victoria.More



Oleg PokhanovskiOleg Pokhanovski (violin)
Oleg Pokhanovski began his career as a violinist at the age of 6, giving his first performance with the Kuybyshev Symphony in Russia. At 10, he was accepted into renowned Special Music School for Gifted Children in Moscow and later studied at the Moscow State Conservatory with Professor Valery Klimov. Pokhanovski cites his most influential teachers to be his uncle violinist Lev Zaides, and pianist Svetlana Vorobyova. Invited to move to the United States, he received full scholarships at The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music studying with Dorothy DeLay, Pinchas Zukerman and Ani Kavafian, and took part in the “Solisti dal Mondo” program under Taras Gabora. Pokhanovski was also awarded a Doctor of Music degree at the University of Montreal.
Oleg Pokhanovski is a top prizewinner of eight prestigious international violin competitions including the Paganini in Genova, Sarasate in Pamplona and CIEM in Geneva among others, and was First Prize Winner of the 1990 Scheveningen International Violin Competition. He is also a twice recipient of the prestigious Canada Council National Career Development Grant, as well as a multiple recipient of Conceil des Arts du Quebec and Manitoba Arts Council Grants.More






John WeierJohn Weier (poetry)
John Weier was born in Winnipeg and grew up on a peach farm near Niagara-on-the- Lake, Ontario. After graduating from high school, he studied anthropology and history of religions at the University of Manitoba. In 1975 he began work as Winnipeg’s resident luthier; maker of banjos, violas and violins. He’s built more than one hundred stringed instruments.
John has studied in India and England. He’s worked in the Canadian book publishing industry and as a musician with the Duck Mountain Bluegrass Band. He coached for ten years in the Manitoba Fastball program and was awarded the Manitoba Order of Sport Excellence. He is a past President of the League of Canadian Poets and past Creator Co-chair of the Access Copyright Board of Directors. John began writing in his teens and has pursued this vocation professionally since 1983.
His first book, a collection of poems titled After the Revolution, was published in 1986; his thirteenth, When Flowers Bloom and Sparrows Sing, a children’s book, will appear in the fall of 2013. Other books include Steppe: A Novel, Stand the Sacred Tree, Friends Coming Back As Animals, and Violinmaker’s Lament. His writing tends to ride the genre boundaries.More

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