A Double 45th anniversary
concert: Arvo Pärt & more
concert: Arvo Pärt & more
Musically, Arvo Pärt strikes an unusual pose: one foot in the minimalist tradition of the twentieth century, and the other all the way back in the music of the Middle Ages. It is perhaps because he is a musical giant that Pärt is capable of accomplishing this act of extreme flexibility.
While the Estonian’s mystical music once inflamed Soviet cultural authorities, today it is practically a pop cultural phenomenon. Works like Fratres, Spiegel im Spiegel, and Tabula Rasa have scored countless films (There Will be Blood, The Place Beyond the Pines, Gravity), and he remains the most widely performed living composer.
Still, local opportunities to enjoy a live performance of Pärt’s Te Deum are somewhat rare, given the work’s expansive orchestration. In it, choir, strings, piano and pre-recorded tape drift in out of the foreground to conjure an atmosphere that is serene and staggeringly beautiful. This performance of Te Deum is made all the more special because it’s the 45th anniversary concert for both the MCO and The Winnipeg Singers.
But before Te Deum, we’ll hear extracts from Eleanor Daley’s Requiem, another moving contemporary choral work with a deep, contemplative quality. Requiem’s a cappella arrangement will allow The Winnipeg Singers to take full advantage of our venue’s superb acoustics, which respond so well to the resonance of voices. Our 45th anniversary concert concludes with a performance of Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass, an uplifting work that seems, like the MCO and The Winnipeg Singers, to gaze optimistically upon new horizons.
The Winnipeg Singers
The Winnipeg Singers has long been regarded as one of Canada’s finest choral ensembles. The choir’s mandate is to make a diversity of choral music, performed to the highest standard, accessible to a growing audience. They are conducted by Yuri Klaz, an ‘Honoured Artist of Russia’ (a title bestowed upon him by President Yeltsin in 1995) and something of a musical legend in Manitoba.
The concert begins at 7:30 pm on November 7th 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
7 November 2017
Yuri Klaz, conductor
The Winnipeg Singers (Yuri Klaz, Artistic Director)