IT’s BEEN JOKED THAT ALL THE MARKETING a James Ehnes concert needs is to whisper his name to a random Winnipegger and let word-of-mouth take care of the rest. He’s Canada’s violinist. The Brandon native’s career took off like a shot in his teens when he performed as a soloist with several major orchestras — including the MCO. By his early 30s he’d been elected to the Royal Society of Canada, appointed to the Order of Canada, earned an honorary doctorate, and won a GRAMMY for one of over 40 CDs he’s recorded. You get the picture. Please note venue change!

Today, the 2X GRAMMY-winning violinist easily ranks among the top 10 living violinists in the world — a lofty reputation that doesn’t stop him from being a fantastic entertainer and crowd-pleaser. For this concert Ehnes, likely playing his famous Stradivarius, performs Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.5. Not known for his modest technical demands on soloists, Mozart pulled out all the stops on No. 5. So, it will be a perfect medium for Ehnes’ seemingly unlimited virtuosity.

This concert also features music by Shostakovich, as well as a premiere of Larry Strachan’s J'ouvert Morning, a classical work which, in the enticing words of the composer, “is also infused with calypso swagger and pays homage to [his] parents' Carnival experience in Grenada.”

It seems fair to say this will be one of spring’s best Winnipeg concerts.

Evening pre-concert events

Student performers from the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts, 6.55pm.

The concerts begin at 7.30pm on Tuesday, May 16th and on Wednesday, May 17th, in Crescent Arts Centre / Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, 525 Wardlaw Avenue. There will be no intermission for this concert. Casual tickets will be available 10 August 2022 here and on MCO’s Ticketline at 204-783-7377.

Season sponsor / CN
May 16th Music Director sponsor / Stellas Café & Bakery
May 17th Music Director sponsor / In memoriam, Edd Groening
May 17th Guest artist sponsor / Frank Plett
Concertmaster sponsor / Robert Giesbrecht
Volunteer sponsor / MB Liquor Mart
Media sponsors / Classic 107, Golden West Radio & Winnipeg Free Press

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