Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival

Celebrates Manitoba’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation

August 8 - August 21, 2021

The Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival, a landmark of the cultural landscape of Westman for a decade and a half, returns in 2021 after an “intermission” brought on by lockdowns last year. This summer’s Festival is entirely online, continuing the tradition of excellent performances by Manitoba’s and Guests’ exceptional artists. 

A VIRTUAL MUSIC EXPERIENCE

Daniel Tselyakov, Artistic Director, piano
Alexander Tselyakov
Alexander Tselyakov, Artistic Director, Piano

Opening Night: Sunday, August 8, 2021 @7:00 PM CDT

Looking forward, remembering our past: a journey of song to Manitoba’s prairie past and three choreography/ Manitoba Music works commissioned especially for the Festival grace our Opening Night.

Concert 2: Tuesday, August 10, 2021, @7:00 PM CDT

“Quotations and Homages” Meet the Manitoba Composers I

It will focus on Manitoba composers and artists, with chamber works for guitar, clarinet, cello, piano, flute and voice. A concert of intimacy and surprising power.

Ken Nichols
Ken Nichols
Composer
David Scott
David Scott
Composer
Sid Robinovitch
Composer

Movie Night: Friday, August 13, 2021, @7:00 PM CDT

“Wheat City: 1900s, Making Modern Brandon”: A film recounting the formative years of Brandon, Manitoba, created by historian Tom Mitchell, with music by Dr. Ken Nichols, Sandra Smith, violin; Catherine Wood, clarinet; Leanne Zacharias, cello; Alla Turbanova, piano

Concert 3: Saturday, August 14, 2021 @10:00 AM CDT Coffee Concert

A perennial favourite of the Festival, the “Coffee Concert”: playful and evocative tunes performed by Graham Campbell, James Campbell, and the Graham Campbell Ensemble.

James Campbell
Clarinet
James Campbell
Clarinet

Concert 4: Tuesday, August 17, 2021, @7:00 PM CDT Beethoven @ 251

It is dedicated to Beethoven: a beloved piano concerto and a renowned piano sonata, performed by Alexander Tselyakov, Daniel Tselyakov, and the Libby Quintet.

Daniel Tselyakov
Piano
Alexander Tselyakov
Piano

Concert 5: Thursday, August 19, 2021 @7:00 PM CDT Our Young Artists initiations Meet the Manitoba Composers II

Manitoba composers, Brandon performers: A showcase of young talent playing piano works by Naina Jinga, Bill Pura, Ken Nichols, Sid Robinovitch, Jim Hiscott, Remi Bouchard, and Constantine Caravassilis.

Jim Hiscott
Jim Hiscott
Composer
Naina Jinga
Composer

Concert 6: Saturday, August 21, 2021 @7:00 PM CDT Festival Finale “Jazz and Dance” Guest Composers Meet the Manitoba Composers III

Jazz and Dance: Chopin meets Isadora Duncan. World Premiere! New commissions written especially for the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival: Kathleen’s Hiley choreography on ” Toccata” by Francis Pott; John’s Baron  “Static”  & “Hymnal”, and  Sid Robinovitch “The Drunken Sailor”.

Alla Turbanova
Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival's Director, Piano

Director Notes

The Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival, a landmark of the cultural landscape of Westman for a decade and a half, returns in 2021 after an “intermission” brought on by lockdowns last year. This summer’s Festival is entirely online, continuing the tradition of excellent performances by Manitoba’s and Guests’ exceptional artists. The Festival will honor and focus on two anniversaries that could not be celebrated owing to the pandemic: Manitoba’s sesquicentennial (1870-2020) and also the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-2020).

The Festival combines innovation and tradition. This year, we will concentrate on Manitoba Themes, as well as performances that include perennial favorites such as Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”. We will also have the world premiere of new works commissioned especially for the Festival by Manitoba composers. The choreography of the legendary dancer, Isadora Duncan is brought to life, and young artists perform piano pieces that demonstrate their virtuosity and emerging voices. Manitoba composers will receive special attention and our concerts will give you a chance to meet them and listen to their music.

“Movie Night” will feature “Wheat City, 1900s: The Making of Modern Brandon with narration by Tom Mitchell and music by Dr. Ken Nichols. We’ll also return with an audience favorite, the playful “Coffee Concert”. A renowned poem by Ezra Pound is set to music, and piano works by Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté, Sid Robinovitch, Orjan Dandred, Ken Nichols, Jim Hiscott, David Scott, Pat Carrabre, Naina Jinga, John Baron; Remi Bouchard, and Bill Pura, will be performed.

Performers in this year’s festival include Alexander Tselyakov, piano; Daniel Tselyakov, piano; Jim Campbell, clarinet; Graham Campbell, guitar; Jim Hiscott, accordion;  Leanne Zacharias, cello; Crystal White, double bass; Sarah Hall, soprano; Nancy Hennen, flute and many, many more. 

The concerts will be available online beginning Sunday, August 8, continuing through six more concert evenings.