BU Music faculty among talented performers at Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival

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A talented collection of Brandon University (BU) School of Music professors will be joined by other superb musicians to delight audiences at this summer’s Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival.

The Festival will take place from July 21 to 24, with performances at Riding Mountain National Park, Erickson and BU’s Lorne Watson Recital Hall. The Festival’s six concerts, showcase a wide variety of musical styles and artists in performances sure to inspire new lovers of classical music, as well as satisfy the appetites of seasoned enthusiasts.

Among the performers will be pianists Alexander Tselyakov and Alla Turbanova, who are both key organizers of the Festival. Tselyakov is the Festival’s Artistic Director, while Alla Turbanova is the Director of the four-day celebration of chamber music, which is now in its 11th year.

“The annual Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival has been a highlight every summer, and this year will be another excellent weekend of great music in beautiful surroundings,” said BU School of Music Dean and Festival performer Greg Gatien.

Other musicians include School of Music faculty members Eric Platz, percussion; Kerry DuWors, violin; Cathy Wood, clarinet; David Playfair, baritone; and Sarah Hall, soprano. Joining them will be guests Joyce Lai, violin; Ian Clarke, viola; Simon Fryer, cello; Crystal Tait, double bass; Shannon Kristjanson, saxophone, flute, voice; and Jordan Panko, jazz bass.

Gatien said that the event will carry extra emotional weight this year, with the recent passing of long-time faculty member Bill Paton, a retired Biology professor and avid lover of music.

“This year we will all be thinking of and missing Bill Paton, an incredible supporter of the Festival,” Gatien said. “While this will certainly add some melancholy to the weekend’s festivities, there is reason to celebrate this year as well. During the festival, we will be celebrating Ken Nichols’ 80th birthday. Ken was a long-time faculty member in the School of Music and is a widely known and respected Canadian composer.”

Gatien added that the fine music and the outstanding setting of the festival combine to heighten one’s emotions.

“The vision and dedication of Alexander Tselyakov and Alla Turbanova to blending world class chamber music with quintessentially Canadian scenery is always inspiring,” he said.

More details on the event are available at clearlakefestival.ca.


THURSDAY, JULY 21, 7:30 p.m.

  • Kenneth Nichols’ 80th Birthday Celebration
  • Lorne Watson Recital Hall, Brandon University

The world première of Kenneth Nichols’ Letters Home for voices, piano and strings. The program will also include Alexander Tselyakov’s performance of the mysterious and captivating masterworks of Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit which requires superhuman piano technique as well as the Dvořák Piano Quintet, one of the greatest chamber music works ever written.

FRIDAY, JULY 22, 7:30 p.m.

  • Inimitable Duo Sonatas
  • Erickson Lutheran Church

Sensitivity, depth, emotional intensity and technical brilliance come together in this fabulous program performed by Alexander Tselyakov, piano; Kerry DuWors, violin; Joyce Lai, violin; and Simon Fryer, cello.

SATURDAY, JULY 23, 10:30 a.m.

  • Coffee Concert: Serious Fun!
  • Erickson Lutheran Church

Come relax with a morning cup of coffee and pastry while enjoying our popular coffee concert featuring entertainment from baroque music to selections of movie songs.

SATURDAY, JULY 23, 7:30 p.m.

  • Jazz Concert
  • Erickson Lutheran Church

Please come and find out why jazz music combined with classical music is one of the most powerful tools for unifying our world’s social and cultural community. Performers: Greg Gatien, saxophone;  Eric Platz, percussion; Shannon Kristjanson, saxophone, flute and jazz voice; Jordan Panko, double bass.

SUNDAY, JULY 24, 3:00 p.m.

  • Festival Grand Finale
  • Erickson Lutheran Church

The Finale of the Festival celebrates three genius Romantic Masters: Franz Schubert, Antonín Dvořák and Robert Schumann. Performers:  Alexander Tselyakov, piano; Kerry DuWors, violin; Joyce Lai, violin; Ian Clark, viola; Simon Fryer, cello; Crystal Tait, double bass.


  • Jazz Cruise Concert
  • Festival Encore
  • The Martese, at the Marina, Main Beach, Wasagaming (Clear Lake) Riding Mountain National Park

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.


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