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Tickets are now on sale for the five-day celebration of cello music that will put the coda on Winnipeg's year and a half as a Cultural Capital of Canada.
It may not be called Cellopalooza, but the first-ever International Cello Festival of Canada, June 15-19, will be an extravaganza for lovers of the soulful stringed instrument.
About 40 cellists will participate in chamber works and solo recitals, as well as an opening-night performance of concertos with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and a gala closing night with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Venues include Westminster United Church, Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, the University of Winnipeg and the Centennial Concert Hall.
The Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada program has teamed up with the Agassiz Music Festival to plan the festival, which includes afternoon and evening concerts, master classes, a session on cello-making and free performances at locations such as The Forks.
Celebrated cellists from Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, the United States and China will join Canadians. Yuri Hooker, Yegor Djachkov, Denise Djokic, Shauna Rolston, Jian Wang, Natalia Gutman and Frans Helmerson are among the cellists.
On June 18 at Crescent Fort Rouge, six cellists will perform J.S. Bach's famous solo cello suites.
A festival pass is $109 (seniors $99, students $40). Prices vary for individual concerts. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.artsforall.ca or call 475-1779.
Tickets to the gala festival finale are also available through the WSO box office, 949-3999.