Guy Few, Alexander Weimann


Guy Few with the MCO
— a Baroque Pageant

Guy Few is not only an outrageously gifted musician, he’s also a consummate showman. The press have looked upon his performances with astonishment, proclaiming them “simply phenomenal” (Le Devoir, Montreal) and “sheer brilliance” (LA Times).

One probably shouldn’t expect Few to don a costume or play two instruments simultaneously at this concert (not unusual tricks for Few), but the program’s baroque selections add a dash of extravagance to the event. Bach’s second Brandenburg Concerto is widely regarded as among the best orchestral compositions of the period. Presented originally as a gift to an aristocratic military officer, it’s also one of the period’s most delightfully pompous; a three-movement piece bejewelled with ornamental flourishes and perilously high trumpet lines.

Neruda’s E-flat horn concerto, arguably his most significant work, was written at the tail end of the baroque era, and is teeming with infectious, Mozartian melodies. Few will have a lot to dig into. The baroque portion of our evening is rounded off with music by Handel, Corelli, and, in a pleasant surprise, Canadian composer Vivian Fung. Her playful Baroque Melting sounds a lot like what its title suggests.

David Raphael Scott

Scott is a celebrated Canadian composer, and well known to MCO audiences. The former artistic co-director of GroundSwell has written over forty pieces of classical instrumental and vocal music,which have been presented throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and the former Soviet Union. He lives and works in Winnipeg with his wife, two children, quasi-beagle, and two freshwater snails.

The concert begins at 7:30 pm on December 13th in Westminster United Church, 745 Westminster at Maryland. Tickets, at $35 for adults, $33 for seniors and $15 for students and those under-30 (incl. GST), will be available 28 July 2017, at McNally Robinson, the West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice at Sherbrook), Organic Planet (877 Westminster Ave) or MCO’s Ticketline (204-783-7377).

Casual tickets available on July 28th.

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Anne Manson, Music Director
Karl Stobbe, Concertmaster
Westminster United Church
13 December 2017

Alexander Weimann, harpsichord and leader
Guy Few, trumpet

Johann Baptist Georg Neruda
Concerto in E-flat for corno da caccia, strings and b.c.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, in F major (BWV1047)

Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto grosso in G minor,
Fatto per la Notte di Natale, Op.6 No.8 (Christmas Concerto)

David Raphael Scott
New composition, Manitoba Arts Council commission, World premiere performance

Georg Frideric Handel
Concerto Grosso in C minor (HWV 326)

Vivian Fung
Baroque Melting

Concert sponsor / Pollard Banknote

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