Vivaldi, Haydn, Lau & The MCO (Webcast)

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Vivaldi, Haydn, and Lau, with a special appearance by Caitlin Broms-Jacobs

At long last we have the chance to premiere MCO Composer-in-Residence, Kevin Lau’s Prayer in a Green Cathedral.

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Lau, whose gorgeous Writ in Water floored audiences across Canada when we toured it in 2019, is one of Canada’s brightest young composers. His exceptional new oboe concerto, Prayer in a Green Cathedral, is almost certainly destined to take a prominent place in that repertoire. It was written specifically for the “always sublime” (Winnipeg Free Press) oboist Caitlin Broms-Jacobs, who stars as the work’s soloist.

On the contemporary side of the program there’s also Odaline Martinez’s Four AfroCuban Poems. The first woman to conduct the BBC proms, Martinez is also an exceptional composer whose work is performed all over the world.

This evening’s four-courser includes two servings of baroque. Before Lau’s concerto we’ll hear Vivaldi’s Double Concerto for Viola and Cello. Desiree Abbey (cello) and Pamela Fay (viola), both much admired and well-known to MCO audiences, take on the piece’s soloist roles. They’ll knock it out of the park. And for dessert, we’ll enjoy Haydn’s Symphony No. 52 in C Minor. Known as the grandfather of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, it’s not surprising that Haydn’s dramatic, 30-minute symphony is among the most mature in Haydn’s “storm and desire” period. Perfect: we prefer our desserts rich and in big slices.

Date(s) - 10/05/2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra

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Anne Manson, conductor. Pamela Fay, viola. Desiree Abbey, cello. Caitlin Broms-Jacobs, oboe. Simone Ibbett-Brown, mezzo-soprano.

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