Violin superstar James Ehnes will take part in the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy this week (Benjamin Ealovega)
From August 18 to the 24 the Canadian Mennonite University will become a hotbed for the best in string music.
The Rosamunde Summer Music Academy (RSMA) will begin its second season of pairing aspiring string players with masters from around the globe. It is a showcase of just how talented Canada's (and Manitoba's) classical music scene is, as former home-grown talent comes back to nurture -- and indeed perform with -- future concert musicians.
While this may sound all well and good for those who are part of the academy, for us members of the public it is particularly appealing, for the RSMA also delivers with a series of concerts that run from being free to a mere $20.
"We have a number of exciting events open to the public this year," says Managing Director Elation Pauls. "Our opening recital on August 18 will feature many of the 19 talented faculty members we have drawn to Manitoba both from the extraordinary pool of performers we have here in Winnipeg, as well as from Quebec and Berlin."
This year 80 music students from across Canada will take part in the program, and the masters who will guide them are nothing short of spectacular in their chosen fields.
"As part of our Distinguished Guest Artist Masterclass Series, Manitoba's own violin star James Ehnes is coming up from his home in Florida to teach for a day, as are Israeli cellist Uri Vardi, and violist Gerald Stanick, who is coming out of retirement to lead masterclasses on Aug. 22," says Pauls. "Mr. Stanick grew up in Elmwood and played in the WSO before becoming one of the world's most distinguished viola pedagogues. We're thrilled to be able to bring such august and cosmopolitan performers to Winnipeg in August!"
The full lineup of performances is as follows:
Rosamunde Summer Music Academy Opening Concert ($20 for adults)
Saturday, August 18 at 7 p.m.. RSMA's internationally acclaimed faculty will play Brahms and Mendelssohn at the Laudamus Auditorium, CMU north campus.
Distinguished Guest Artist Masterclass Series (free)
Wednesday, August 22, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-2 & 3-4 p.m. Viola masterclasses with Gerald Stanick in the Laudamus Auditorium
Thursday, August 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cello/Feldenkrais technique masterclasses with Uri Vardi at various locations on the North Campus, CMU
Friday, August 24, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Violin masterclass with James Ehnes in the Laudamus Auditorium
Student Concerts (free)
Thursday, August 23, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Advanced solo repertoire in the Laudamus Auditorium and Great Hall (North Campus)
Friday, August 24, 1:30 p.m. Orchestra and chamber music in the Great Hall (North Campus) and Chapel (South campus)
For more info call 204.261.3063 or visit the official academy website.