Archive for June, 2009

Tony Palmer Book Now Available

A new book about Tony Palmer, the brilliant British documentary film maker, is now available. Just follow this link for all the details on how to purchase your copy. Mr. Palmer will autograph the first 300 copies sold.

Next Season’s Music Appreciation Courses at MCMA

Courses held at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts, 105 – 211 Bannatyne Ave.
To enrol or for more information, call the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts at 204 943 6090 or email Due to class size limitations, we suggest enrolling at your earliest convenience.

Important Note for Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Subscribers

Details of all three of the following courses have changed since the WSO season brochure was published. I have moved all the evening classes to Monday nights, and the Mendelssohn course now begins during the week of November 2/3 instead of October 26/27. My apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


Co-presented by Creative Retirement, the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Russia’s Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky is one of the most popular of all composers – but how well do we really know him? This enriching and thought-provoking course gives a fully rounded portrait. It samples every type of music he wrote, from piano pieces, songs and chamber works to symphonies, concertos, operas and ballets. His letters, and reminiscences by people who knew him, provide additional insight. Special highlights include video presentations of Swan Lake, starring the legendary duo of Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, and his orchestral masterpiece, the Sixth Symphony, with Herbert von Karajan conducting the Berlin Philharmonic.

Evening Course
Six Mondays, September 14 to October 26, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (No class Oct. 12)
Daytime Course
Six Tuesdays, September 15 to October 27, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (No class Oct. 13)

Bonus film screening:
Margot, multi-award-winning director Tony Palmer’s brilliant film about prima ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn.
“…never less than compelling, and the mass of archive footage of Fonteyn’s finest performances make it an absolute must for any ballet lover, or indeed anyone who wishes to recall when celebrity was inexorably attached to a pure and elegant talent.”
HMV Choice
Tuesday, September 29, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Wednesday, September 30, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
DVDs of the film will be available for purchase at the screenings.

FEE: $80/$70 for WSO subscribers, students of the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts, members of Creative Retirement, and WSO subscribers.


Co-presented by Creative Retirement, the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

This entertaining course celebrates the music and life of Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), in tribute to the two hundredth anniversary of his birth. The young musician won fame as a child prodigy second in brilliance and versatility only to Mozart, while the adult artist excelled as composer, conductor, organist and musical administrator. Recorded selections include samplings of his finest orchestral, chamber, choral, keyboard and chamber compositions. A special highlight is a video concert of his music, performed by the ensemble that he conducted for many years, the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, and featuring superstar violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Evening Course
Four Mondays, November 2 to November 23, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Daytime Course
Four Tuesdays, November 3 to November 24, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

FEE: $55/$45 for members of Creative Retirement, students of the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts, and WSO subscribers.

Co-presented by Creative Retirement, the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts, and Manitoba Opera

Melody, elegance, passion – it could only be French opera! Designed to enhance your enjoyment of Manitoba Opera’s production of Bizet’s immortal Carmen, this course surveys the magnificent 300-year history of opera in France. You’ll enjoy audio and video highlights from more than 40 operas from all periods of its history: the Baroque splendours of Rameau; the spectacular grand operas of Meyerbeer, Rossini and Spontini; the melodious, exotic operas of Gounod, Massenet and Delibes; the dreamy impressionist world of Debussy; and the cheeky comedies of Ravel and Poulenc. Featured singers include Renee Fleming, Luciano Pavarotti, Samuel Ramey, Placido Domingo, Ben Heppner, Jussi Bjorling, Frederica van Stade, Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne.

Evening Course
Six Mondays, January 25 to March 8, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (No class February 15)
Daytime Course
Six Tuesdays, January 26 to March 9, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (No class February 16)

NEW! Bonus film screening:The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
The brilliant film makers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (the creators of The Red Shoes) transformed Jacques Offenbach’s grand opera into a phantasmagorical opera/ballet bursting with gorgeous, Oscar-nominated Technicolor imagery. Legendary dancers Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann and Léonide Massine perform the choreography of Sir Frederick Ashton, to a soundtrack conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.
Two screenings: Tuesday, February 9, 1:00 pm to 3:15 pm & 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm

FEE: $80/$70 for members of Creative Retirement and students of the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts.