Four Hundred Years of Violins at the WAG

Violins in the galleries! Music in the Galleries, a fascinating presentation at the Winnipeg Art Gallery at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 27 will feature the WSO’s Associate Concertmaster Karl Stobbe with an in-depth presentation of several interesting and important violins and bows dating back to the 1600s. Beneath Renaissance and Baroque paintings in the WAG’s Collection on View exhibition, Stobbe will link music and art.

How do the art forms of violin-making and music-making go hand in hand? How does a violin’s fabrication and design affect its sound? To illustrate the connectedness of the two art forms. Stobbe will demonstrate and compare several instruments, and will perform music that was composed at the time the instruments were made.

“To hear music of the time performed on period instruments, while surrounded by paintings that were created in that same period will be a thrilling experience,” says Art Educator Rachel Baerg. “It will take you back to the musical salons that were so popular before the age of television and electronic entertainment.”

Karl Stobbe is also concertmaster of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and a core member of the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society.

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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For information, please contact:
Debra Fehr Heather Mousseau
Manager, Communications and Marketing Communications Coordinator
204.789.1767 204.786.6641, ext 211




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