Cultural Arts Ambassador John K. Samson to give Talk and Performance at the WAG

As part of Winnipeg’s designation as the Cultural Capital of Canada 2010, five Arts Ambassadors were chosen to create legacy projects, each representing a different artistic discipline. John K. Samson, Musical Arts Ambassador, will be giving a talk and performing excerpts from his project at the Winnipeg Art Gallery 7:30pm, Thursday, May 12. It is included with Gallery admission.

Samson’s legacy project was the creation of The Correction Line Ensemble, a chamber music ensemble involving six musicians from diverse backgrounds, weaving together an engaging and seamless conversation between classical and modern music. The musicians were Cristina Zacharias, violinist with the renowned Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Leanne Zacharias, a cellist specializing in contemporary music; Ed Reifel, Toronto-based percussionist of classical and modern music; Robert Honstein, Brooklyn-based composer from the classical music tradition; along with Samson himself and Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter Christine Fellows. In a performance at First Lutheran Church in Winnipeg last November, The Correction Line Ensemble created and performed arrangements of original and classical repertoire arranged for cello, violin, marimba/percussion, piano, electric guitar, and six voices, bridging the gap between musical genres and disciplines.

Approaching its centenary in 2012, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and Manitoba’s leading visual arts institution. With a collection of over 24,000 objects spanning many centuries and cultures – including the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art – the WAG is constantly moving between the historical and the contemporary in an effort to engage a growing public with the power of art in our lives.



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