Classical Music in the Garden

Freedom of expression through music 

Enjoy the sounds of classical music in the Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation.

The Museum is pleased to welcome Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts cellist Blair Burns and violinist Maya de Forest for a special performance. 

This duo will perform pieces by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart, arranged for violin and cello.

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Blair Burns

Blair Burns received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Manitoba where he studied under Bryan Epperson. Blair was principal cellist of the Orchestral Training Programme at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and, He received his Master of Music from McGill University, studying under Antonio Lysy. Blair also studied period cello with Tafelmusik’s Christina Mahler and the AIMS Festival orchestra in Grax, Austria.  Blair then remained in Europe for eleven 11 years.  D, during this which time he was a member of the LOH-Orchester Sondershausen and Stadtisches Orchester Bremerhaven, as well as playing as a guest with several orchestras in Germany. 

Maya de Forest 

Maya de Forest began her violin studies in Winnipeg. Her abilities were developed under the guidance of Donna Grescoe, one of the founding members and teachers of the Manitoba Conservatory. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Music in Performance from McGill University studying with Mauricio Fuks. A working musician for the last twenty 20 years, Maya has been a member of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra as well as the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. She spent eight years playing as a regular extra with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Her freelance work includes Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Esprit Orchestra, McGill Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet touring orchestra and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Maya has also played numerous live stage productions with the Banff Centre, Livent, MTC, Rainbow Stage and participated in recording sessions for CBC, Sony, Disney and Livent.


Free with admission; Free for members

Location: Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation – Level 3 



Photo: A violin sits in front of a backdrop of sheet music. / Photo: Kathy, Violin Music, CC BY 2.0