Prairie Sons

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Sunday, March 16

7:30 p.m.

$35 / members $29.75 / youth $17.50

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Perhaps it is the sense of space, the living skies and the clear view to the edge of the horizon that breeds artistry in those who live in the Canadian West. 

As the Prairie Sons, cellist David Liam Roberts and pianist Godwin Friesen embody the expansive, nuanced perspective of their home landscape in their concert program. The two award-winning musicians met at the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School of Music and recognized a kindred spirit in each other. Both hail from the Prairies, began performing alongside other members of their families, and have been named to CBC’s list of Hot 30 Classical Musicians Under 30.

The energy and innovation of the Prairie Sons invites you to take a fresh look at a familiar landscape, and to witness the miracle in the everyday.

Meet the Musicians

DAVID LIAM ROBERTS

Described as a “deeply thoughtful and soft-spoken artist” by the Winnipeg Free Press, David Liam Roberts is an award-winning cellist, an athlete, and a passionate music educator with a bent toward philosophy. Originally from Winnipeg, he began his musical career at age five busking with his older siblings. Great-grandson to an amateur Métis fiddle player on his father’s side and descended from a long line of German Lutheran church organists on his mother’s, he is increasingly interested in exploring his family’s roots and Métis heritage.

GODWIN FRIESEN

An impassioned pianist who infuses his performances with emotion, Godwin seems to embody every note he plays, and his sentiment resonates in his listeners. In 2022, he took first place at the OSM Competition (and received the prize for best interpretation of the imposed Canadian work). He also placed first in piano at the National Music Festival (2015), won the Glenn Gould School Concert Competition (2019), and took second place at the PianoArts North American Competition in Milwaukee (2022).

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