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Celebrated sopranos join MCO’s new season

Two of Winnipeg’s most celebrated sopranos and one of the world’s top pianists highlight the 2017-18 Manitoba Chamber Orchestra season.

Winnipeg sopranos Tracy Dahl and Andriana Chuchman, both of whom have launched international opera careers, will share the stage and perform classic duets and arias with the MCO on March 21, 2018.

Amid Chuchman’s busy schedule over the next year is a role in Valencienne, The Merry Widow, at New York’s famed Metropolitan Opera in December. Dahl, who teaches voice across North America, including the University of Manitoba, has performed with the Met several times during her extensive international career, as well as at Carnegie Hall in 1986.

Another famed Canadian soprano, Measha Brueggergosman, returns to the MCO stage as guest-artist-in-residence May 24, 2018 to perform Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen.

Piano fans will be excited to hear Montreal’s Marc-André Hamelin perform Liszt’s Benédiction and Debussy’s Images on Feb. 20, 2018.

The MCO and Winnipeg Singers team up on Nov. 7 to celebrate their 45th anniversaries with a performance of Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum, conducted by Winnipeg Singers’ artistic director Yuri Klaz.

The new MCO season kicks off Sept. 26 with Canadian cellist Ariel Barnes to perform works by Haydn, Oesterle and Mozart. Other performers during the season include violinist Aisslinn Nosky and violist Max Mandel (Oct. 17); trumpeter Guy Few and harpsichordist Alexander Weimann (Dec. 13); pianist Simone Dinnerstein (Jan. 23) and Dutch recordist Lucie Horsch (April 24).

MCO performances take place at Westminster United Church, 745 Westminster Ave.

The MCO is offering an early bird rate for season tickets, which offers a 20 per cent discount and a chance to win an artwork by Takashi Iwasaki and a $600 Air Canada gift certificate.

Subscriptions to the full season, which sell for $234, or $225 for seniors and students, are available at themco.ca or by calling 204-783-7377.