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Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival caters to wide range of tastes

The ninth annual Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival — a celebration of summer with classical music, jazz and outstanding musicians — will take place on the August long weekend.

Under the direction of pianist Alexander Tselyakov, the festival will feature five chamber music performances, two jazz concerts and a morning coffee concert beginning Thursday, July 31, and running through Monday, Aug. 4.

All concerts will take place at the Erickson Lutheran Church, with the exception of the opening concert, which will be held in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall at Brandon University, and the Jazz Concert Cruise, which will take place on The Martese at the Marina in Clear Lake.

During the seven-concert festival, Tselyakov will be joined by Kerry DuWors and Marc Djokic, violin; Heather Wilson, viola; Rafael Hoekman, cello; Nancy Hennen, flute; Allen Harrington and Greg Gatien, saxophone; Naomi Forman, soprano; Sarah Hall, soprano; Chelsea Chimilar, mezzo-soprano; Colette Simonot, host; Daniel Tselyakov and Alla Turbanova, piano; Eric Platz, percussion and Mahechver Shunmugan, jazz piano.

The musical content includes the widest range of programming presented since the introduction of the event in 2006.

These friendly and enjoyable concerts will all contain commentary from the artists and hosts.

Concert 1: Alexander Tselyakov in recital

• Thursday, July 31, 7:30 p.m.

• Lorne Watson Recital Hall, Brandon University

Alexander Tselyakov, hailed for his “technical perfection and intoxicating sound,” will perform an evening of piano masterpieces by composers such as Liszt, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Acclaimed for the sensitivity and depth of his interpretations, the rare emotional intensity and bold energy of his performances and his extraordinary mastery in exploring diverse repertoire, Tselyakov has been described as “representing the best aspect of Russian pianism and all its attributes” in a New York concert review.

Concert 2: Extravaganza

• Friday Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m.

• Erickson Lutheran Church, Erickson

Hosted by Colette Simonot, this unique concert consists of a variety of extravagant repertoire performed by some of Canada’s finest chamber musicians. The exciting lineup of performers will include Allen Harrington (saxophone), Alexander Tselyakov (piano), Marc Djokic (violin), Kerry DuWors (violin), Heather Wilson (viola), Rafael Hoekman (cello) and Nancy Hennen (flute).

Concert 3: Coffee concert: Serious fun!

• Saturday, Aug. 2, 10:30 a.m.

• Erickson Lutheran Church

Come relax with a morning cup of coffee and pastry while enjoying the popular coffee concert featuring entertainment from tango and classical music, to humorous musical theatre selections. From Sondheim to Piazzolla, this wide range of repertoire is sure to delight audience members of all ages.

Concert 4: Jazz concert

• Saturday Aug. 2, 3 p.m.

• Erickson Lutheran Church

This year, the talented lineup of jazz musicians, featuring Greg Gatien on saxophone and Eric Platz on percussion, are joined by two new and exciting artists making their festival debut. Featured jazz vocalist Shannon Chapman and pianist Mahechver Shunmugam, a student of Alla Turbanova, will lend their talents for a lively afternoon of jazz classics.

Concert 5: Romantic afternoon

• Sunday Aug. 3, 3 p.m.

• Erickson Lutheran Church

Get ready for a purely romantic afternoon as the concert highlights selections from some of the era’s finest romantic composers, including Schumann, Faure and Kuhlau. Also featured is one of Dvorak’s most triumphant and best known chamber works, “Trio Dumky No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, B. 166” for violin, cello and piano. These charmingly tender and sensitive melodies are certain to warm your heart and lift your spirit.

Concert 6: Jazz cruise concert

• Sunday, Aug. 3, 8:30 p.m.

• The Martese, at the marina, Clear Lake main beach

Take an evening break and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of Clear Lake with the passionate sounds of outstanding jazz musicians. Be sure to get your tickets early for this popular jazz cruise concert, which takes you for a scenic evening tour around the peaceful waters of Clear Lake.

Concert 7: Festival finale “Triple the Fun”

• Monday, Aug. 4, 3 p.m.

• Erickson Lutheran Church

The grand finale is one that you won’t want to miss. The concert begins with early works by Handel and Monteverdi, and the beautiful sounds of Baroque music. A charming girl-power set will feature some of the greatest trios ever written for female voices, along with some popular tunes performed by Naomi Forman (soprano), Sarah Hall (soprano) and Chelsea Chimilar (mezzo-soprano), accompanied by Daniel Tselyakov (piano). In addition, the world premiere of Brandon composer Kenneth Nichols’ “The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter” for low voice, flute and piano, will feature Sarah Hall (soprano), Alla Turbanova (piano) and Nancy Hennen (flute). The afternoon concludes with Schostakovich’s famous “Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 75” featuring Kerry DuWors (violin), Marc Djokic (violin), Heather Wilson (viola) Rafael Hoekman (cello) and Alexander Tselyakov (piano).

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 30, 2014

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The ninth annual Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival — a celebration of summer with classical music, jazz and outstanding musicians — will take place on the August long weekend.

Under the direction of pianist Alexander Tselyakov, the festival will feature five chamber music performances, two jazz concerts and a morning coffee concert beginning Thursday, July 31, and running through Monday, Aug. 4.

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The ninth annual Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival — a celebration of summer with classical music, jazz and outstanding musicians — will take place on the August long weekend.

Under the direction of pianist Alexander Tselyakov, the festival will feature five chamber music performances, two jazz concerts and a morning coffee concert beginning Thursday, July 31, and running through Monday, Aug. 4.

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