Songs of Mahler
Songs of Mahler
Soprano Measha Brueggergosman hardly needs introduction.
She’s not only one of Canada’s most celebrated singers, she’s an habitué of Winnipeg, who has endeared herself to audiences here.
As an up-and-coming soloist, the soprano performed an emotional concert with the MCO two weeks after the 2001 World Trade Center attacks. While establishing herself as an international star over the next 15 years, she would perform with the MCO no fewer than six times, as well as record her first CD with our orchestra for CBC Records. In the 2017/18 season, we’re proud to say that she joins the MCO as Guest Artist-in-Residence.
An astoundingly eclectic interpreter with a special gift for post-Romantic repertoire, Measha will perform Mahler’s almost decadently rich Lieder eines Fahrenden Gessellen (Songs of a Travelling Journeyman) at this concert. She explains her motivation for selecting this piece:
“When I almost died in 2009, I told myself three things: that I would live closer to my parents in the Maritimes, that I would have kids, and that I would sing more Mahler… It’s something of a miracle as a classical singer to find repertoire that literally feels like it was written for you yesterday.”
In addition to this decidedly Germanic offering, the MCO performs great music by Russian, Spanish, and Canadian composers.
Composing is just where things start for Winnipeg-based Heidi Ouellette, who is also the co-founder/director of the Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival, and the Executive Director of GroundSwell. Her work often incorporates borrowed or recycled material, improvisation, and collaboration with other musicians and disciplines.
About her debut CD with Decca records, BBC Music Magazine writes, “This is a disc to buy, and display in years to come as the start of a distinguished career.”
The concert begins at 7:30 pm on May 24th 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).
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Anne Manson, Music Director
Karl Stobbe, Concertmaster
Westminster United Church
24 May 2018
Measha Brueggergosman, soprano
New composition, Manitoba Arts Council commission
World premiere performance
Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov
Serenade, Op. 48
Gustav Mahler (arr. Schoenberg)
Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen
Joaquín Turina (arr. Vivian Fung)
Tres Sonetos, Op. 54
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky