Mainstage Series: Czech Mates!

Czech MatesBask in Bohemian sonorities with the music of your favourite Czech composers performed by Rosamunde faculty and guests Andrew Wan, Violin; Rennie Regehr, Viola; Ariel Barnes & Leanne Zacharias, Cello!

Tickets in advance $20, $25 at the door. Festival passes $50. Children under 12 and Rosamunde students free.

For tickets call Rosamunde at : (204) 228-3431 or email or purchase online:

Ticket Selection

Friday August 16, 7 p.m.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 “Spring”
Performed by:
Andrew Wan, Leanne Regehr Lee

David R. Scott

Performed by:
Elation Pauls, Dan Scholz, Yuri Hooker

Antonín Dvořák 

String Sextet in A Major, op. 24, B80
Performed by:
Andrew Wan, Elation Pauls, Dan Scholz, Rennie Regehr, Ariel Barnes, Yuri Hooker

Montreal Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Andrew Wan opens the Festival with perennial favourite, Beethoven's “Spring” Sonata. A trio of Winnipegers present local composer David R. Scott's “Interlinear” followed by the most celebrated of all Czech composers, Antonin Dvořák, with his fresh and folkloristic A Major Sextet. 

Saturday August 17, 7 p.m.

Bedřich Smetana 

Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 15
Performed by:
Andrew Wan, Leanne Zacharias, Darryl Friesen

Nicole Lizée

Event Horizon for Cello and Electronics
Performed by:
Leanne Zacharias

Joan Tower

Big Sky
Performed by:
Karl Stobbe, Leanne Zacharias, Darryl Friesen

Josef Suk

Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op. 1
Performed by:
Andrew Wan, Elise Lavallée, Ariel Barnes, Madeline Hildebrand

2019 is the first year that pianists of the Rosamunde Festival will be performing on the recently donated Bösendorfer Imperial piano. This instrument was originally selected by Jane Coop from the  Bösendorfer factory in Vienna, Austria for the late piano technician Tom Hathaway, who's wife gifted the instrument to CMU. While joining forces with guests violinist Andrew Wan and cellist Ariel Barnes, the piano will be put to full use in this program featuring piano trios from 1855 to as recently as 2000.

Both female composers featured on this program are familiar to Winnipeg audiences from the WSO's New Music Festival: Joan Tower was introduced in 2016 and Nicole Lizée once again just this year. From expansive sonorities in “Big Sky” to the evocative soundscapes of “Event Horizon”, these two pieces will shine beautifully alongside Smetana and Suk's intimate and passionate works.

Sunday August 18, 3 p.m.

Amy Beach

Quartet for Strings in One Movement, Op. 89
Performed by:
Karl Stobbe, Elation Pauls, Dan Scholz, Yuri Hooker

Bohuslav Martinů

3 Madrigals, H. 313
Performed by:
Gwen Hoebig, Dan Scholz

Fran Lhotka

Serenada for Violin and Piano
Performed by:
Karl Stobbe, Darryl Friesen

Maurice Ravel

Piano Trio in A Minor
Performed by:
Elation Pauls Yuri Hooker, Darryl Friesen

Sunday's concert of music composed entirely in the 20th century brings to the stage snippets of ragtime music from Martinů, thematic material from three Alaskan Inuit songs from Amy Beach, and basque rhythms from Ravel as each composer displays their sources of inspiration in these masterpieces. The score for Fran Lhotka's “Serenada” was given to the WSO's principal flute player, Jan Kocman, by the late Nenad Lhotka, Fran's son, who was a ballet master of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and director of the Chai Folk Ensemble from 1969-1980. This will likely be Manitoba's premier performance of the “Serenada” on violin.

Don't miss our 2019 Academy student concert series!

  • Wednesday August 21 4:30 Core I Solo Recitals
  • Thursday August 22 4:30 Core II Solo Recitals
  • Friday August 23
    • 11:00 Mini Rosie and Solo and Chamber Music Recital
    • 1:30 All Orchestras and Core chamber ensemble concerts

Laudamus & Great Hall, CMU 500 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Admission free!