Concerts 2018-19

The Winnipeg Singers’ concerts bring outstanding and inspiring performances of choral excellence to its audiences through a variety of musical styles.

Winnipeg Singers banner for Concerts 2018-19


It is my great pleasure and honor to greet you as the Artistic Director, in this 47th season of the Winnipeg Singers, one of Canada’s premier chamber choirs. For almost five decades the Winnipeg Singers has continued to bring choral excellence, variety of styles, outstanding and inspiring performances to audiences in Canada and abroad.

This past season we presented four beautiful concerts, appeared on stage at the New Music Festival and finished the season with a very successful international tour to Spain and Finland, winning the Grand Prix at the International choral festival “Golden voices of Barcelona”!

I am very much looking forward to another exciting season, and especially to our fourth concert which is a collaboration with the Winnipeg Philharmonic choir and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra with the Winnipeg premiere of Berlioz’ Messe solennelle. We are also very excited to be invited by the WSO to perform with the orchestra in Netherlands and Belgium in May 2020.

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all our sponsors, donors, volunteers for their great support of the Winnipeg Singers. All this would not be possible without you!

Thank you so much for being with us this year and we hope for many more successful years to come!


Yuri Klaz Artistic Director

Yuri Klas, Artistic Director and Conductor

Yuri Klas, Artistic Director and Conductor


47th Season 2019/20

Concert 1

Music for Royals

Sunday, October 27, 2019
7:30 pm
Crescent Fort Rouge United Church
525 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

Complete with chamber orchestra, we present George Frederic Handel’s Coronation Anthems along with coronation anthems of Henry Purcell, Hubert Parry, Healey Willan and Edward Elgar.

Tiaras appropriate but not required.

Sponsors: Gail Asper Family Foundation
  •  Sandi & Ron Mielitz


The Winnipeg Singers

Yuri Klaz - Conductor

Derek Morphy, Narrator

Wes Alias, Organ

Jeremy Buzash, violin 1, Chris Anstey - violin 2, Momoko Matsumura - violin 3, Élise Lavallée - viola, Sean Taubner - cello, Andrew Goodlet - double bass, 
Caitlin Broms-Jacobs, oboe 1, Tracy Wright - oboe 2, Chris Fensom - trumpet 1, Isaac Pulford - trumpet 2, Dean Pollard - trumpet 3, Victoria Sparks - timpani

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George Frederic Handel – Zadok the Priest
Henry Purcell – I was Glad
Healey Willan – O Lord Our Governor

George Frideric Handel – My Heart is Inditing
     Marni Enns - soprano
     Angela Neufeld - alto
     Nolan Kehler - tenor
     Nicholas Urquhart - bass
George Frederic Handel – Let Thy Hand be Strengthened
Edward Elgar – O Hearken Thou
Hubert Parry – I was Glad
George Frederic Handel – The King Shall Rejoice


Concert 2


Sunday, December 8, 2019
3:00 pm
Crescent Fort Rouge United Church
525 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

The fabulous Winnipeg Brass Quintet is back along with organist Wes Elias for a Christmas celebration kick off. This joyous concert features carols by David Willcocks, Howard Cable plus a flurry of festive favourites.

Concert 3

Music of the Russian Orthodox Tradition

Sunday, February 23, 2020
3:00 pm
Crescent Fort Rouge United Church
525 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

Our popular bi-annual series will feature two works. The first is The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom by Peter Tchaikovsky. The second work is a new one we commissioned, Missa Brevis, with movements composed by Neil Weisensel, Jesse Krause, Ian Campbell and Karen Sunabaka. Rounding off the concert will be John Tavener’s Svyti (O Holy One) featuring cellist Yuri Hooker.

Concert 4

Daniel Raiskin, WSO

Daniel Raiskin, WSO

Beethoven’s 5th & Berlioz

A COLLABORATION With The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra & The Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir

Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25
8:00 pm
Centennial Concert Hall
555 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian troops. The concert will also be performed in a historic tour of the Netherlands from May 3-10, 2020 to commemorate this important milestone anniversary.

Daniel Raiskin, conductor
Renate Arends, soprano
Henk Neven, baritone
Andrew Haji, tenor
The Winnipeg Singers & The Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir; Yuri Klaz, director

Matthew Whittall: New work for baritone, choir and orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony no. 5 in C minor
Berlioz: Messe solonnelle (Winnipeg Premiere)

DA DA DA DUNNNNN... perhaps the four most recognizable notes in classical music. Premiering in 1808, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is a riveting work requiring no introduction.

In 1824, Hector Berlioz composed his first full-scale composition, Messe solennelle. Berlioz claimed to have destroyed the entire score but the missing work was found in 1991 in an Antwerp church, with recent performances thrilling audiences with it's poetic genius and bravado.

Rounding out the evening is a new work from Canadian-Finnish composer Matthew Whittall.

Your Winnipeg Singers’ subscription includes this concert at a substantially reduced rate. Non-subscribers will purchase Concert Four tickets directly from the WSO box office at WSO rates.

WSO subscribers who already have a ticket for Concert IV can purchase a Concert I, II and III subscription. For details, email us at