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On January 30th, players of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, flanked by some of Winnipeg’s top rock musicians including two former members of the Guess Who, play some of the greatest music of the 1960s and 1970s as it was recorded, but rarely performed live.

Expanding upon MCO’s first FAB concert in 2014, this concert celebrates the more classically-inflected repertoire of the classic rock era, sometimes called Baroque Pop. With more than a little help from their friends — featured musicians Dan DonahueLaurie MacK­en­zie, Bill Wal­laceRon PaleyIlena Zara­mbaGreg Gard­ner and Brad Derksen  — the MCO will mount a live wall of sound for audiences in Westminster United. Featured music includes the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Beach Boys, and, above all, the Beatles.

“This is iconic music by iconic artists. Fans rarely hear it reproduced authentically in a live concert — if ever,” says guitarist Laurie MacKenzie. Indeed, the Baroque Pop sound is a unique creation of modern music production, helmed by the likes of Phil Spector and George Martin. And as such, it was deemed nearly impossible to reproduce by a live, touring band – one reason why the Beatles gave up touring in 1966 the year before they released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Luckily, the MCO is stationed in Winnipeg and is only too happy to recreate the majestic psychedelia of the era for Winnipeg audiences.

“This music is magic for musicians and audience alike — the live experience reawakens the feelings you had when you first heard it,” says MacKenzie.

The concert takes place January 30th at Westminster United Church, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Click below for tickets: adult tickets are $35, student tickets are $20 (including GST). Tickets are available at McNally Robinson, the West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice at Sherbrook), Organic Planet (877 Westminster Avenue), or through the MCO Ticketline (204.783.7377).