2013-2014 Season

Concert 1

November 10, 2013 – 7pm

Westminster United Church
745 Westminster Avenue, Winnipeg, MB [map]

Mass in B minor – J.S. Bach

Soloists

Marni EnnsZohreh GervaisSarah KirschKarla FergusonVictoria MarshallKirsten SchellenbergJan van der HooftVictor Engbrecht

The MusikBarock Ensemble, with their Artistic Director Eric Lussier, will join Canzona in both performances.

Concert 2

April 13, 2014 – 7pm

Westminster United Church
745 Westminster Avenue, Winnipeg, MB [map]

St. Matthew Passion – J.S. Bach

Soloists

Evangelist: Isaiah Bell
Christ: James Fast

Pilate: Kris Kornelsen

Peter: Stephen Haiko
Soprano: Marni Enns, Sarah Kirsch

Alto: Kirsten SchellenbergKirsten Schellenberg
Tenor: Jan van der Hooft
Bass: Victor Engbrecht, Sam Plett

Joining Canzona for the St. Matthew Passion will be the Winnipeg Boys’ Choir under the direction of Carolyn Boyes.

With MusicBarock Ensemble

News Releases

March 31, 2014

CANZONA, Winnipeg’s baroque choir, announces its final concert of the 25th anniversary year: Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.

Winnipeg, MB – Canzona will perform its final concert under the direction of founding conductor Henry Engbrecht: St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach at Westminster United Church on Sunday, April 13th at 6:00pm.

The concert will feature solos from leading singers in the province including Kirsten Schellenberg, Marnie Enns and Victor Engbrecht as well as visiting soloist Isaiah Bell, and will be accompanied by Manitoba’s premiere Baroque orchestra MusikBarock. The Winnipeg Boys Choir also joins Canzona as the treble chorus, with invitation for the audience to add their voices in selected sections.

The sing-along is in keeping with the tradition of the Passion performances. During the 17th century in Germany throngs of people attended church leading up to Easter to listen to the musical retelling of Christ’s journey to the cross and to participate in the familiar chorales.

“The Matthew makes enormous demands on all who are involved in its performance; it is also very demanding of those for whom it is performed. Bach does not let you sit quietly in your seat enjoying the music…he challenges you to be engaged in the great drama here presented for your listening… it is not difficult to imagine that the words of the final chorus do truly represent the feelings of those who have ears to hear with: “We are sitting here with tears in our eyes.” -John Wortley

It is appropriate that Engbrecht mark his retirement with such a monumental masterpiece. Engbrecht founded the 16-30 voice ensemble in 1989 inspired by his love of Baroque music. Under his leadership Canzona has prospered over 25 years, and developed a reputation for exceptional musicianship and high caliber performance. Elroy Friesen, University of Manitoba music professor and highly sought after conductor will take over direction of the Choir this fall.

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Canzona’s inspired collaborations with MusikBarock have brought to life many top quality productions. The oratorios of Bach and Handel are at the centre of the repertoire, while the lesser known Baroque works have also been rendered. Canzona remains committed to providing opportunities for young singers to perform together in a high-art ensemble alongside seasoned artists and with a professional orchestral accompaniment.

Tickets: adults $25; seniors $22; students $12; available at McNally Robinson Booksellers, by calling Canzona at (204) 942-1917, and at the door.
Visit canzonachoir.com or email info@canzonachoir.com

Media inquiries: Andraea Sartison (204) 333-2666 or andraealaurensartison@gmail.com

September 10, 2013

CANZONA, Winnipeg’s baroque choir, announces 25th anniversary season

Winnipeg, MB – Canzona, Winnipeg’s Baroque choir is pleased to announce that its 25th anniversary season will feature two of the greatest choral masterpieces of all time: Mass in B minor and St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach. Both concerts will be held at Westminster United Church.

The concerts will feature solos from leading singers in the province including Kirsten Schellenberg, Marnie Enns and Victor Engbrecht, and will be accompanied by Manitoba’s premiere Baroque orchestra MusikBarock.

The anniversary year also celebrates Artistic Director Henry Engbrecht, who will conduct both concerts. Engbrecht founded the 16-30 voice ensemble in 1989 inspired by his love of Baroque music. Under his leadership Canzona has prospered over 25 years, and developed a reputation for exceptional musicianship and high caliber performance.

Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 7pm – The completed Mass in B Minor was Bach’s last major composition before his death. Although never debuted during his lifetime, it has is widely performed and hailed as one of the greatest choral compositions in history.

Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 6pm – The St. Matthew Passion is probably the greatest of the four Passions written by Bach and is scored for solo voices, double choir, treble choir and double orchestra. The Winnipeg Boys Choir, under the direction of Carolyn Boyse, will join Canzona for the final concert of the 25th season.

CANZONA MUSIC

Canzona’s inspired collaborations with MusikBarock have brought to life many top quality productions. The oratorios of Bach and Handel are at the centre of the repertoire, while the lesser known baroque works have also been rendered — among them Zelenka’s Missa Dei Filii & Missa votiva, Andre Campra’s Requiem, Hasse’s Requien in Eb and Roman’s Swedish Mass. Canzona remains committed to providing opportunities for young singers to perform together in a high-art ensemble alongside seasoned artists and with a professional orchestral accompaniment.

Season Pass: $40 / available only by calling Canzona at (204) 942-1917
Casual tickets: adults $25; seniors $22; students $12; available at
McNally Robinson Booksellers, by calling Canzona at (204) 942-1917, and at the door. Visit canzonachoir.com or email info@canzonachoir.com