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FROM 8 MARCH TO 22 JUNE, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra presents their 2022 Spring Series. It features both online and in-person presentations at Westminster Church of 8 varied and entertaining concert programs. This will be our first series of in-person concerts over the spring months in three years, and our first in-person collaboration with international soloists in just as long. This is news worth spreading.
To accommodate physical distancing, we’ll be operating at reduced capacity and offering two concert options per program, on back-to-back evenings at 7.30pm at Westminster Church. All in-person tickets come with access to both the in-person and online presentation, which occurs roughly two weeks after the in-person presentation. Strictly online tickets are available as well.
Featured artists include world-famous recorder player Lucie Horsch, classical music’s leading YouTuber Nahre Sol, and Manitoba favourites like Pembina Trails Voices, Victoria Sparks, and others. MCO’s esteemed Music Director, the London-based Anne Manson, joins the MCO to conduct many of these concerts. More information, as well as our social distancing guidelines, can be found at themco.ca. Below are short write-ups of our 8 Spring Series concert programs.
■ 7.30pm, 12 and 13 April 2022 (online Apr 29)
One of Manitoba’s most cherished composers is Sid Robinovitch, whose highly original blend of folk, jazz, and classical earns him praise far beyond Manitoba. We’ve asked Sid to compose an oratorio based on the story of Jonah, with the popular Pembina Trails Voices performing, and Bruce Sarbit narrating. We premiere this exciting piece, Copland’s Hoedown, Vaughan Williams’ Thomas Tallis Fantasia, and more!
■ 7.30pm, 26 and 27 April 2022 (online May 10)
At long last we have the chance to premiere Kevin Lau’s Prayer in a Green Cathedral, an exceptional new oboe concerto almost destined to take a prominent place in that repertoire. The “always sublime” (Winnipeg Free Press) Caitlin Broms-Jacobs stars as the work’s soloist! We’re also pleased to perform Haydn, Vivaldi, and Martinez’ Four AfroCuban Poems.
■ 7.30pm, 5 and 6 May 2022 (online May 19)
With over 400K subscribers, pianist-composer Nahre Sol is among the most popular and intriguing artists making music online today. At this concert, she performs in her new work, Pixels. We also offer a live performance of Alexina Louie’s mind-blowing percussion concerto Waking the Lion, with Victoria Sparks in the starring role. Mezzo Lizzy Hoyt dazzles with baroque arias, and the MCO plays a quartet by Ravel.
■ 7.30pm, 25 and 26 May 2022 (online Jun 10)
The MCO’s Artist-in-Residence Aisslinn Nosky (“Toronto’s Eric Clapton of the violin” (Toronto Star)) is one of Canada’s foremost baroque violinists, though hardly needs introduction to MCO audiences. Here the charismatic performer will bring the house down play-con- ducting works by Bach, Handel, and Mozart. We’re thrilled to continue to work with her.
■ 7.30pm, 31 May and 1 June 2022 (online Jun 14) Eminent French hornist James Sommerville is back to play-conduct a concert that features the Canadian premiere of Kati Agócs‘s Horn Concerto and Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3! The MCO rounds off the program with works by Brahms and Respighi.
■ 7.30pm, 8 and 9 June 2022 (online Jun 22) A few years ago we filmed our first concert with teenage Dutch recordist Lucie Horsch. While she was relatively little known at the time, the video went viral — earning over 100K hits. We urge you to see the “latest big thing in recorder playing” (The Guardian), as she virtuosically flutters and trills her way through works by Kulesha and Bach, with additional works from Oesterle and Haydn.
Date(s) - 31/05/2022
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