Chris Wolf had the chance to chat with pianist David Moroz about the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society’s pair of upcoming concerts on the 22nd and 24th of June.

On June 22nd the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society will present the two live stream concerts that will feature the music of Mozart, Faure and Brahms. The two concerts are called ’’Mozart and More” and are part of an annual mini festival that the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society has been having for the past 15 years. The festival pairs the chamber music of Mozart up with chamber music from other composers. The Mozart and More festival began in 2006, when the world was celebrating Mozart’s 250th anniversary. The Winnipeg Chamber Music Society (WCMS) decided to program concerts in June of 2006 that would feature the music of Mozart.  The concerts were so successful, that the WCMS decided to continue this mini festival every June, pairing up the Mozart’s music with great chamber works from other composers.

This year’s 15th anniversary of the “Mozart and More’’ festival is extra special for a couple of reasons. The first of which is that the festival will be taking place online because of COVID. The other big reason is that David Moroz and his wife, Gwen Hoebig who is the concertmaster of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, will be welcoming their two children to the stage to perform alongside them.

The Moroz household has actually formed a professional level family piano quartet that consists of their daughter Juliana on cello, their son Alexander on viola, Gwen on violin and David on piano. Together they have formed the “JAGD” piano quartet. Both Juliana and Alexander are currently working on the Bachelor Music degrees. Alexander is studying at the University of Ottawa, and Juliana is studying in Georgia at Macon University.  “Our kids are young professionals… and the four of us are playing major repertoire” says Moroz.

The two concerts on the 22nd and 24th will consist of the combined forces of the JAGD piano Quartet and the Clearwater String quartet. The Clearwater quartet are made up of the principal players of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Gwen Hoebig and Karl Stobbe on violins, Dan Scholz on viola, and Yuri Hooker on Cello.

These seven musicians will feature four masterworks of the chamber music literature over the two nights of Tuesday, June 22 and Thursday, June 24th.

The concert on the 22nd will consist of Mozart’s String Quartet no 19 known as the “Dissonance quartet” performed by the Clearwater quartet. The second work on the concert is Faure’s magnificent 1st Piano quartet, which will be performed by the JAGD quartet.

The concert on the 24th will pair Mozart’s Violin Sonata no 18, performed by Gwen Hoebig and David Moroz, with Brahms’ warm and very lush 1st String Sextet. The performance of the sextet will be extra special, because Juliana Moroz will be performing with her long time teacher Yuri Hooker, and Alexander Moroz, will be performing with his long time teacher violist Dan Scholz. As David Moroz says “It’s a wonderful feeling for the kids to be able to play a big piece like this and sit next to their teacher…it’s also wonderful for a teacher to sit next to one of their students who has arrived at a place where they can really play.”

The two concerts will be available for live stream 48 hours after they go live. So there is lots of time to see these amazing musicians perform these jewels of the chamber music literature.

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