The Chooi Bros With the MCO

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There’s something sport-like about classical music’s soloist arena, with its emphasis on young prize-winners performing super-human feats of speed and dexterity. In the brilliant Chooi brothers (Timothy & Nikki) we have Canada’s musical equivalent of the NFL’s Manning brothers; decorated virtuosos who will go down as being among the most talented Canadian siblings in the classical music arena.

On the baroque menu is Geminiani’s La Folia and Vivaldi’s double violin concerto in A minor from his L’estro armonico collection. About this monumental works for strings, The Guardian writes that the collection disproves “the accusation that Vivaldi wrote the same concerto hundreds of times.” The A minor double violin concerto is, in any case, a piece that deserves to be heard at least a hundred times. Another baroque piece we’ve had on repeat is Corelli’s fiery La Folia, which Evelyn Glennie performs on marimba on the MCO’s acclaimed Mirage? album. At this concert we present the concerto grosso in its most familiar form, as a heated dialogue between string soloists and baroque orchestra.


  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, RV 522
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Harpsichord concerto No. 5, in F minor BWV 1056
  • Michael Oesterle
    Snow White
    World premiere performance of this arrangement, commissioned by the MCO with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts
  • Francesco Geminiani
    Concerto Grosso in d minor, H. 143 ‘La Folia’
  • JS Bach
    Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048

Date(s) - 22/03/2022 - 23/03/2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Westminster Church

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Luc Beauséjour, harpsichord and leader. Violinists Nikki Chooi & Timothy Chooi.

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