Celebrating Canadian Chamber Music in Winnipeg

I was delighted to join an engaging group of musicians with strong Prairie connections for a celebration of Canadian Chamber Music in Winnipeg. Over the course of the evening, six musicians took the stage in various combinations to play works by Canadian composers. I joined violinist Joshua Peters for a duo performance of Omar Daniel’s Wild Honey, and performed Kelly-Marie Murphy’s second piano trio with Amy Hillis and Leana Rutt.

A pre-concert selfie with Sarah Jo Kirsch, Joshua Peters, Amy Hillis, Daniel Scholz and Leana Rutt. Photo: Sarah Jo Kirsch
A pre-concert backstage selfie with Sarah Jo Kirsch, Joshua Peters, Amy Hillis, Daniel Scholz and Leana Rutt. Photo: Sarah Jo Kirsch

Joshua Peters, winner of the 38th E-Gré Competition conceived and organized this wonderful evening at the University of Winnipeg’s Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. Composers Randolph Peters and Kelly-Marie Murphy were in attendance to hear performances of their works.

The program began with a performance of Chausson’s beloved Chanson perpetuelle, introducing the audience to all six musicians including Sarah Jo Kirsch, soprano, and Daniel Scholz, principal violist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Playing with friends and sharing music with an engaged, receptive audience… what could be better? Thanks to all for a memorable evening.