Hear Prairie Debut in your community

Prairie Debut’s 2019-20 season includes a world quartet that blends jazz, Afro-Cuban and world rhythms, a cello duo inspired by Beethoven, a trio of Canada’s most respected chamber musicians brought together in a clarinet, viola and piano combination, and our first Pan-Canadian partnership, featuring piano and violin. Stay tuned for dates and locations.

Selected the winner for a Pan-Canadian tour offered by Debut Atlantic, Jeunesses Musicales Canada, and Prairie Debut in 2019-2020, pianist Meagan Milatz and violinist Amy Hillis, who formed this musical union in 2011, will share with audiences across Canada a unique program that reflects their Saskatchewan origins, their Montreal studies, their international musical experiences, and connect them with music that has inspired them along the way.

Blending jazz, Afro-Cuban, and world rhythms, OKAN takes inspiration from the roots of Cuban music and contributes to the contemporary evolution of these powerful traditions in the global context. With a program consisting of arrangements of traditional songs and plenty of new compositions by multi-instrumentalists Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne, the OKAN quartet brings a fresh perspective to Latin and world jazz fusion through powerful vocals, incredible musicianship, and potent lyrical content.

Three of Canada’s most respected chamber musicians, clarinetist Jean-François Normand, violist Marina Thibeault, and pianist Philip Chiu, gather in this unique and compelling formation to form Trio Saint-Laurent. Complementing the warm and hauntingly beautiful colours from the existing repertoire for this formation, Trio Saint-Laurent reveals their fiery and passionate personalities with original transcriptions and new commissions.

Beethoven’s five sonatas are at the core of the cello repertoire and serve as the springboard for Canadian cello duo, VC2. Their program, Beethoven’s Cellists, provides a snapshot of the cello repertoire—historic and new compositions—with ties to the great composer. VC2’s Bryan Holt and Amahl Arulanandam introduce their own arrangements of works by Beethoven, including Ludwig’s cello colleagues Duport, Kraft, and Romberg.


Each year, we invite emerging and established Canadian musicians to showcase and tour with Prairie Debut. World-genre and classical musicians who consider music to be their professional career are invited to apply to be part of an upcoming season.

Applications open in January.


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Po Yeh, Executive Director

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