Anne Manson, Ariel Barnes


Ariel Barnes
— Canada’s cellist

Winnipeg audiences seem to have a unique appreciation for the cello, and Ariel Barnes is uniquely qualified to satisfy that appetite. A player of dazzling virtuosity and magnetic expressivity, Barnes is, in the words of Maestro Bramwell Tovey, “the outstanding Canadian cellist of his generation.”

Canadians have noticed. His recordings have garnered two Western Canadian Music Awards, and a Juno nomination, and are met with critical acclaim. After taking in his Winnipeg performance, Canadians will eagerly line up to see him perform in venues across BC, where he tours with the MCO in the fall of 2017.

For his Winnipeg stop on this tour, Barnes performs Haydn’s first Cello Concerto, a dashing entrée into the genre for Haydn, and a staple of the instrument’s repertoire. After intermission, the MCO performs another fiery masterpiece of the classical period: Mozart’s 29th Symphony. This concert also revisits Canadian repertoire cherished by MCO audiences. There’s Jeffrey Ryan’s Earthshine, the sleeper hit of the MCO’s April 2017 concert. The 4x Juno nominated Ryan is one of Canada’s most celebrated composers, and Earthshine testifies to his masterful command of colour and strong personal voice.

There’s also a performance of Michael Oesterle’s cello concerto The Iron Man, which concludes our season-opening concert. This piece was singled out by MacLean’s magazine as one of the most “extraordinary” recordings on CBC Radio 2’s Concerts on Demand website (check it out for yourself).

Michael Oesterle

Michael Oesterle is a long-time collaborator with the MCO. His Kaluza Klein was recorded by the MCO and Dame Evelyn Glennie, and will be released on CD in the summer of 2017. Oesterle also composed the score for Nanabush and the drum / Nanabozho et le tambour. About his work Snow White, performed at the MCO’s October 2017 concert, Musical Toronto writes, “Stylistically, the piece was a remarkable synthesis of ideas: Vivaldi meets Philip Glass with some Aaron Copland and Celtic fiddling thrown in.”

The concert begins at 7:30 pm on September 26th 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).

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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Anne Manson, Music Director
Karl Stobbe, Concertmaster
Westminster United Church
26 September 2017

Anne Manson, conductor
Ariel Barnes, cello


Jeffrey Ryan

Joseph Haydn
Cello Concerto in C Major (Hob. VIIb: 1)

Michael Oesterle
The Iron Man (cello concerto)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 29 in A Major (K. 201/186a)

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