2014-2015 Season


November 23, 2014 – 7:30pm

Crescent Fort Rouge United Church
525 Wardlaw Ave. & Nassau St. N.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Canzona choir will be performing with an orchestra and the University of Manitoba Singers

Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft
BWV 50, J.S. Bach

Magnificat in D major
BWV 243, J.S. Bach

Dixit Dominus
HWV 232, G.F. Handel


April 10, 2015 – 8:00pm

Westminster United Church
745 West­min­ster Ave. at Mary­land St.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Canzona choir will be performing with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

G.F. Handel

Other performances

Not included in the season pass.


Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7pm

Canzona (with Prairie Singers) performs Messiah
Winkler Mennonite Church, 31 Willowdale Cres
Winkler, Manitoba

For non SMC subscribers, tickets are available at the door 6:30pm


Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3pm

Canzona (with Singers from the Eastman Region) performs Messiah
Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, 360 Mckenzie Ave
Steinbach, Manitoba

Steinbach Arts Council
Please call 204 346 1077 to book tickets


Audience Survey – Messiah concert


“It was wonderful! I felt so inspired! The soloists were fantastic! The performance was alive and vibrant!”

“I thought it was great that you used soloists from within your own ensemble. This time of year was a great choice for a performance of Messiah.”

“Wonderful, hearing the Scriptures sung so well.”

“It was spectacular and thus I want to hear more!”

“Stupendous performance. I especially appreciated hearing multiple soprano, alto, bass, tenor soloists (other than just one of each). Thank you.”

A review of the Messiah performed in Winkler published by the Red River Valley Echo – Marilyn Houser Hamm – “Under the baton of Dr. Elroy Friesen, Conductor and Artistic Director of Canzona, the twenty-four voice choir and orchestra became a finely-tuned instrument of technical mastery combined with vibrant energy, thrilling the audience with absolute clarity and articulation as it performed the most challenging of tempos with what seemed effortless ease.” – April 16, 2015

Note: 2 season tickets to Canzona’s 2015-16 season were won by random draw of audience members who submitted survey forms. The winner was Darlene Heiman. Congratulations!

News Releases

September 30, 2014

CANZONA, Winnipeg’s baroque choir, announces 26th season

Winnipeg, MB- Canzona, Winnipeg’s Baroque choir is pleased to announce that its 26th season will feature two choral masterpieces: Magnifcat by Johann Sebastian Bach at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church and Messiah by George Frideric Handel at Westminster United Church.

The 2014-15 season marks Elroy Friesen’s debut with choir in his new position as Artistic Director. Friesen’s vast history in choral music includes traveling internationally with his award winning ensembles and as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and educator. Locally he is the founding and past Artistic Director of Prairie Voices, and current Director of Choral Studies at the University of Manitoba where he conducts numerous choirs, and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and music education.

His first season pays homage to Canzona’s roots with impressive, yet familiar Baroque selections which will be performed with full orchestra. The ensemble differs from last year with five new singers, three of who will celebrate their Canzona debut. Both performances feature choir members as soloists.

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 at 7:30pm- The Magnificat in D Major is the perfect advent text, telling the story of Mary’s response when her cousin Elizabeth greets her as the mother of God. Canzona will also perform Handel’s Dixit Dominus, to end. Canzona will be joined by the University of Manitoba Singers and a the newly established Canzona Orchestra.

Sunday, April 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm- Although usually presented at Christmas, Handel’s Messiah is in fact an Easter text. Canzona will be accompanied by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Premiered in 1742, this piece is one of the best known and frequently performed choral works in history. Canzona will tour Messiah to both Steinbach and Winkler in the spring and be joined by local community choirs.


Canzona is Manitoba’s premiere baroque choral ensemble. A love of baroque music prompted this 24 voice choir into being in 1989 under the direction of Henry Engbrecht. With new Artistic Director, Elroy Friesen, Canzona will continue to delve into the baroque masterworks of Bach and Handel while staying committed to introducing Manitoba audiences to lesser know baroque composers and works. Canzona is proud to have collaborated with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the MuskBarock Ensemble, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Nova and the University of Manitoba Singers.

Season Pass: $50 / Casual tickets: adults $30; seniors $24; students $15; available at McNally Robinson Booksellers, at the door and online (coming soon) www.canzonachoir.com

Media inquiries: Andraea Sartison              (204) 333-2666 or media@canzonachoir.com