Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival celebrates 13th season

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Logo for Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival features the words Clear Lake in Blue above a boardwalk, with Chamber Music Festival written below in gold. A violin is also standing upright on the boardwalkBRANDON — The fourth week of July will mark the 13th season of the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival, under the artistic direction of pianists Alexander Tselyakov and Daniel Tselyakov. This year’s Festival will include five concerts: four chamber concerts and a jazz concert. Performances run from Thursday, July 26 through Sunday, July 29 and feature a wide variety of musical styles and artists in three communities.

The Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival continues to be an important part of Canada’s cultural calendar, delighting people of all ages with a powerful musical experience. This year’s ambitious schedule is sure to please and promises to inspire new lovers of classical music as well as satisfy the appetites of seasoned enthusiasts. The large-scale roster of talented guest artists includes: Alexander Tselyakov, Piano; Greg Gatien, Saxophone; Daniel Tselyakov, Piano; Cathy Wood, Clarinet; Chelsea Chimilar, Mezzo- Soprano; Joyce Lai, Violin; Katie Gannon, Violin; Ian Clarke, Viola; Andras Weber, Cello; Graydon Cramer, Percussion and Jordan Panko, Jazz Bass.

The wide variety in programming will make for an engaging program, and the exceptional musical talent guarantees an exciting and pleasurable experience for all.

The Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival occupies a special place in music lovers’ hearts, minds and summer plans. Don’t miss out on a wonderful week of outstanding music in the beautiful natural surroundings of Clear Lake and Riding Mountains National Park!

The 2018 festival will bring music to locations in three Manitoba communities: the Lorne Watson Recital Hall, School of Music, Brandon University (Thursday, July 26 – Friday, July 27); the Erickson Lutheran Church (Saturday, July 28 – Sunday, July 29); and the Wasagaming Community Arts, Wasagaming in Clear Lake (Saturday, July 28). Details are available at

For tickets and more information, visit the BU School of Music or call 204-727-9631, or contact Alla Turbanova, Director of the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival at 204-571-6547.


THURSDAY, JULY 26, 7:30 p.m.


Lorne Watson Recital Hall, Brandon University

We are thrilled to open the Festival with two titans of the Classical and Romantic periods: Mozart’s Piano Concerto with soloist Daniel Tselyakov and the Brahms’ Piano Quartet with Alexander Tselyakov. After the concert mingle with all festival artists at a complimentary wine & cheese reception sponsored by BU. It will be a night to remember!

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 7:30 p.m.


Lorne Watson Recital Hall, Brandon University

Another evening of superb program selections: a seldomly performed, highly romantic and lyrical masterwork by Max Bruch; a contrasting, contemporary and delightful clarinet sonata by Poulenc; and a youthful, vivacious, virtuosic piano quintet by Dohnanyi. These works will be performed by Alexander Tselyakov, Piano; Cathy Wood, Clarinet; Joyce Lai & Katie Gannon, Violins; Ian Clarke, Viola; and Andras Weber, Cello.

SATURDAY, JULY 28, 11:00 a.m.


Erickson Lutheran Church

Come relax with a morning of wonderful complimentary coffee and pastries while enjoying our surprising concert full of humour and entertainment from light classical works to musicals, tangos and a jazzy style concerto.

SATURDAY, JULY 28, 7:30 p.m.


Wasagaming Community Arts

Come out for a wonderful, inspirational evening of jazz! The two Saturday events provide audiences with the unique opportunity to enjoy performances in both the morning and evening.

SUNDAY, JULY 29, 3:00 p.m.


Erickson Lutheran Church

The Festival’s Grand Finale will impress with the excellent and exciting Trio by Menotti and Mozart’s brilliant Piano Quartet No. 2, which skillfully juxtaposes concert-like writing for piano with more integrated chamber texture.


Concert Locations:

July 26-27:

Lorne Watson Recital Hall, School of Music, Brandon University, Queen Elizabeth II Music Building

July 28:

Wasagaming Community Arts, (Clear Lake) Riding Mountain National Park, 110 Wasagaming Drive

July 28-29:

Erickson Lutheran Church, 30 – 3rd Street SW, Erickson



Adult Festival Pass $90; Seniors 65+ Pass $70; Student Festival Pass $35

Adult Tickets $25 (at the door $30); Senior Tickets $20 (at the door $25); Student Tickets $15 (at the door $20)

Where to Buy Tickets:

Brandon University School of Music • 204-727-9631

Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival • 204-571-6547

Ted Good Music, Brandon • 204-728-1110

Surridge’s Music Centre, Brandon • 204-727-3322

Wasagaming Community Arts Gallery, Wasagaming (Clear Lake) • 204-848-2993

Poor Michael’s Bookshop, Onanole • 204-848-0336

The Green Spot Home & Garden, Brandon • 204-727-5884

The Green Spot Cottage Country, Onanole • 204-848-3516

The Nature Shop (RMNP Visitor Centre), Wasagaming • 204-848-2771


Payment may be made by Visa, MasterCard or Cheque

Mail cheques made payable to Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival with details of concert order to:

Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival
School of Music
Brandon University
270-18th Street
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9


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