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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - June 3, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE D3 winnipegfreepress. com ENTERTAINMENT WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015 D 3 H O M E D E L I V E RY C U S T O M E R S HOSPITAL Vacation Donation Program WIN A $ 20 TIMS CARD Going on holidays? • Consider donating your newspaper instead of stopping it. • Brighten a patient’s day through your generosity! • Pass your newspaper along and you could win a $ 20 Tim Hortons gift card as a thank you! Weekly Draw: To be eligible for the Tim Horton’s weekly draw, simply call or email your restart date to resume your paper and you’ll automatically be entered into the weekly draw to win 1 of 5 $ 20 Tim Hortons Gift Cards! Draw will take place every week on Friday and winner’s names will be announced every Saturday in the Winnipeg Free Press Weekend edition from June 6 to September 12, 2015. Winnipeg Free Press general contest rules apply. For more information Call: 204- 697- 7001 or 1- 800- 542- 8900 to notify us of your vacation stop and restart date, or go to winnipegfreepress. com / customer_ service/ W INNIPEG and summer music festivals go together like hand in glove. Both the Music at the Millennium free noon hour series and the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society’s annual Mozart and More! mini- festival are now in full swing, but there’s another one right around the corner that promises to keep the classical music fires burning. The Agassiz Chamber Music Festival presents a chockablock lineup of nightly concerts and free community events including preshow chats, master classes, a roundtable discussion, meet- theartist talks, an emerging artist recital and even a matinee film about fabled Russian- born violinist Jascha Heifetz. The week- long series that runs June 6- 12 at the University of Winnipeg ( all concerts begin at 7: 30 p. m.) returns one year later after its sister event, the triennial International Cello Festival of Canada was held in its place last June. “ Chamber music is very personal, it’s powerful, and you get to see the artist completely engaged,” artistic director Paul Marleyn, states over the phone from his Ottawa home. “ You really hear the voice of one person speaking to the audience through their instrument.” Founded in 2000 by the former University of Manitoba cello professor — now a faculty member with the University of Ottawa’s School of Music — this year’s festival that runs on a $ 70,000 budget features four themed concerts, bookended by opening and closing programs showcasing no less than 14 musicians, including eight Winnipeg- based artists. These include not only ACMF regulars Jim Campbell ( clarinet); Stéphane Lemelin ( piano); Kerry DuWors ( violin); and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Karl Stobbe ( violin); Daniel Scholz ( viola); and Yuri Hooker ( cello), but also the festival debut of Axel Strauss ( violin); Nick Eugelmi ( viola); Michael Kim ( pianist/ Dean of Brandon University’s School of Music); the WSO’s Alex Eastley ( bassoon); and young cellist David Liam Roberts being featured on the emerging artist recital held at noon June 10 at the U of W’s Eckhardt- Gramatté Hall. An early highlight this year promises to be the world première of Manitoban composer Karen Sunabacka’s Mama’s Painting , based on her mother Joyce Clouston’s arresting poems, including Rise of the Métis Nation , slated for opening night Saturday. Coincidentally, Sunabacka also studied cello with Marleyn while a music student at the U of M. “ Karen has always been a very socially conscious person — a real thinker,” he says of his former protégé. “ Besides being a fine cellist, I also felt she had a very strong voice as a composer. I’m delighted we’re able to perform her very evocative piano quintet at this year’s festival.” Other highlights include Penderecki’s Cadenza for solo viola on Monday’s Contrasts program, which also features concert namesake, Bartok’s Contrasts scored for clarinet, violin and piano. Soliders and Counts slated for Tuesday offers a rare local performance of Stravinsky’s T he Soldiers Tale , as well as Beethoven’s Razumovsky String Quartet Op. 59, no. 1 .” Audiences will also be treated to a Jewishflavoured program, Hassidic Rhapsody, ranging from John Williams’ haunting Theme from Schindler’s List , to Canadian composer Srul Irving Glick’s The Klezmer’s Wedding certain to set toes a- tapping June 10. On June 11, Folklore explores non- classical influences, including Bartok’s Rhapsody No. 1 and 2 for violin and piano , and Brahms’ Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in Eb, Op. 120, No. 2. ” The festival caps off June 12 with music by Allan Gillil and Paul Schoenfield, before ending on a high note with Beethoven’s Septet . “ I think this year’s festival will be very exciting with some great people coming,” Marleyn says. “ We’re getting the best artists from across North America, and I’m personally also very excited about coming back to Winnipeg and playing this fantastic music for our loyal audiences.” For tickets or more details, see: agassizfestival. com. . . . The WCMS, founded by artistic director/ pianist David Moroz with his wife, WSO concertmaster Gwen Hoebig in 1987, also wraps up its annual Mozart and More! festival Thursday at 7: 30 p. m. at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The two- night festival showcases the Clearwater Quartet comprised of Hoebig, Stobbe, Scholz and Hooker, joined by Moroz in two programs featuring Mozart’s sublime chamber music, as well as lighter fare. Their second concert includes the Wunderkind’s String Quartet in E flat major, K428 , Haydn’s Piano Trio in E flat major, Hob. XV: 29 , as well as Mendelssohn’s beautiful Variations Concertantes, op. 17 composed as a teenager for his cellist brother. But the program’s most memorable piece might be Thomas- Mifune’s Komisches Streichquartett , a comic mash- up of Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5 . “ We always like to play some musical comedy on our summer concerts. We like to give people a not- so- serious look at serious music,” Moroz states of his programming choices. “ All of us have played chamber music together for many years, and we’ve developed a unique and very special musical bond that audiences can really feel. Before we all go off in different directions for the rest of the summer, we enjoy getting together one last time, to play great music with great friends.” For tickets or further information for Mozart and More!, visit wcms. mb. ca. holly. harris@ shaw. ca MUSIC MATTERS HOLLY HARRIS Festival season crescendo for fans of classical music C ANADIAN actor Kaylee Harwood believes in going to where the most interesting stage work takes her, and that can pile up the frequent- flyer points. In 2011 that was Stratford Festival, where she played King Arthur’s wife Guenevere in Camelot and sang in the chorus of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar . The latter, by Andrew Lloyd Webber, was picked up by La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and ended up on Broadway the following year. On Thursday she is making her first Winnipeg appearance as Maria in West Side Story at Rainbow Stage. There are not many actors who make their Broadway debuts before they take their initial bow under the dome in Kildonan Park. The Ontario- born Harwood, who grew up near Vancouver, doesn’t rank the addresses of theatres more favorably one over the other. She views her career as a long road with plenty of side trips. “ I don’t think that the best work in the world is solely being done on Broadway,” says Harwood, a graduate of Trinity Western University. “ I think you can do incredible work in a storefront theatre in Toronto, Chicago or Winnipeg. I don’t want to say that’s all I will pursue. If I do, I will miss out on so many things.” The 28- year- old had the coveted role of Maria high on her bucket list. The dark- haired soprano had always wanted to be part of West Side Story , a musical that revolutionized American theatre in 1957 when it introduced subjects like murder, racism and gang violence. The potent mix of Leonard Bernstein’s rich score, Stephen Sondheim’s vibrant lyrics, Arthur Laurents’ raciallycharged story and Jerome Robbins’ trail- blazing choreography made it an American classic that has stood the test of time. “ West Side Story is one of the few perfect musicals,” says Harwood, who will be off to Vancouver the day after the Rainbow run ends to reprise her 2009 performance of Cosette in Les Miserables . “ It’s based on Romeo and Juliet , although not totally loyal to that story. It pays incredible homage to that beautiful love story.” The clash between the Jets, a self- styled Anglo- Irish- Italian group, and the Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang, is iconic, as is the story of Tony and Maria, two doomed lovers who try to rise above hatred and bigotry. Playing Tony is Jordan Bell, a Toronto actor by way of Edmonton, who is appearing in his third West Side Story before the age of 30. It has served as a measure and reflection of the progression of his career. At Stratford in 2008, he served as a swing, filling in for every white actor in the cast. Three years later he was in a Vancouver Opera version playing the hot- tempered Jet, Action. “ To move from understudy to a featured role to a leading man has given me the whole arc of West Side Story ,” says Bell, 29. “ I think it was so ahead of its time. It’s still so current with gang shootings and police brutality still in the news.” Vocally, Tony is a huge sing for Bell, who is tackling the biggest part of his career. In the first half of act one he has three big numbers, including Tony’s first solo Something’s Coming and Maria , one of the most tender love songs ever written. He admits to have been experiencing some sleepless nights in the run up to Thursday’s opening. A musical of this calibre and renown requires his best efforts. All he has to do is execute it the way it was meant to be done, which is easier said than done. “ I feel a huge responsibility to the show because I feel the bar has been set pretty high. I have to uphold my end of it, I can’t screw things up,” he says. Not if he wants to make to the great white way like Harwood, who calls New York a great place to live and work. And then there are the massive resources that go into a Broadway musical. “ It’s almost like the volume gets turned up in every way,” she says. “ We all get more sparkly costumes and I got extensions added to my wig. Everything gets bumped up a notch.” kevin. prokosh@ freepress. mb. ca KEVIN PROKOSH Jets take on Sharks at rumble in the park West Side Story revolutionized musical theatre Theatre Preview West Side Story . Rainbow Stage . Opens Thursday, to June 19 . Tickets: $ 39/$ 55/$ 65 at 204- 989- 0888, www. rainbowstage. ca MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS West Side Story introduced sobering themes of violence and racism into musical theatre. ROBERT TINKER West Side Story opens Thursday at Rainbow Stage. TREVOR HAGAN/ WINNIPEG FREE PRESS David Liam Roberts is featured June 10. Kaylee Harwood performs as Maria. D_ 03_ Jun- 03- 15_ FP_ 01. indd D3 6/ 2/ 15 6: 11: 34 PM

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