Cellist Laura Jones, above, and Brandon-born pianist David Rogosin are among the 18 artists set to perform during the Augustfest concert series at Brandon University’s Lorne Watson Recital Hall. (FILE PHOTOE)
Widely recognized as one of Canada’s premier summer music festivals, Augustfest is unique in featuring performers born in, educated in or living in western Manitoba.
This year’s homecoming concerts take place at Brandon University’s Lorne Watson Recital Hall from Friday, Aug. 8 through Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Eighteen artists will perform music ranging from The Cole Porter Songbook to the world premiere of a quartet by emerging composer Luis Ramirez.
• FRIDAY, AUG. 8, 7:30 p.m. — THE COLE PORTER SONGBOOK
Our opening concert features the dazzling lyrics and unforgettable melodies of 21 Cole Porter songs as arranged for string quartet and soloists by Brandon-born cellist Laura Jones.
She is joined by violinists Joan Dillon and Sandra Smith, violist Greg Hay, mezzo-soprano Laura McAlpine and tenor James McLennan in this Western Canada premiere.
• SATURDAY, AUG. 9, 7:30 p.m. — MUSIC FOR PIANO QUINTET
Unique in consisting entirely of music for the rarely heard combination of piano, violin, viola, cello and bass, this evening features Schubert’s "Trout" Quintet, one of the most infectiously joyful compositions ever put to paper.
Donna Laube (piano), Joan Dillon (violin), Greg Hay (viola), Laura Jones (cello) and Crystal Tait (bass), also perform music by Ladislaus Dussek — generally considered the "father" of this instrumentation — and by the contemporary British composer Judith Weir.
• SUNDAY, AUG. 10, 2:30 p.m. — FIFTH ANNIVERSARY GALA
This glorious afternoon of celebratory music features 13 artists, including David Rogosin and Mary Jo Carrabre performing music for two pianos; the Augustfest Piano Quartet reprising Zelenski’s Romanza (the hit of their 2013 concert) and introducing us to the music of Piazzolla; and tenor James McLennan performing a series of famous love songs.
The Augustfest Cello Ensemble — Michelle Bouchard, Ariel Carrabre, Nathaniel Froese, Laura Jones, Alex Thiessen and Leanne Zacharias — perform the music for the grand finale of our celebration.
A special treat involves a surprise performance by Greg Hay, but not on his viola!
• MONDAY, AUG. 11, 7:30 p.m. — DAVID ROGOSIN IN RECITAL
Brandon-born pianist David Rogosin performs the feature recital of Augustfest V with repertoire from Scarlatti, Haydn, Brahms, Albeniz and Ravel — a concert reflecting his international reputation as a musician praised for "brilliance, clarity, and passion."
Rogosin, an alumnus of Vincent Massey High School and Brandon University, currently teaches at Mount Allison University when he is not performing in the United States, Canada, France and the Caribbean.
• TUESDAY, AUG. 12, 7:30 p.m. — THE EMERGING ARTISTS
Augustfest V closes with the "music of the echo boomers": violinist Gillian Carrabre; cellist Ariel Carrabre; clarinetist Chris Byman; and pianist/composer Luis Ramirez.
The close of each Augustfest features a salute to the talents of young artists in a concert that has become the "don’t miss" evening of the series.
This year’s artists will perform music by Shostakovich and Hatzis, along with the world premiere of Ramirez’s quartet, "Three Paraprosdokians."
What’s special about Augustfest?
The concerts are in air-conditioned comfort, and feature introductions by the artists themselves and a question-and-answer colloquium with the artists.
Plus, there’s a complimentary reception following each concert.
An adult pass — transferable, five concerts for the price of four —is $100. Adult tickets for individual concerts are $25, while student prices for individual concerts are $10 at the door only.
Tickets are available at the following locations:
• BU School of Music (cash/ cheque/credit card) 204-727-9631
• Surridge’s Music Centre (cash/cheque only) 204-727-3322
• Ted Good Music Ltd. (cash/cheque only) 204-728-1110
For further information, visit augustfest.ca.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 23, 2014