Nosky, Derksen


IN A WORLD WHERE ALMOST EVERYTHING — people, music, cultures — get labelled and slotted into simple categories, Cris Derksen represents a challenge. Originally from Northern Alberta, the cellist and composer comes from a line of chiefs from North Tallcree Reserve on her father’s side and a line of Mennonite homesteaders on her mother’s. Derksen, who’s worked with Rae Spoon and Tanya Tagaq, braids the traditional and contemporary; weaving her classical background and Indigenous ancestry with new-school electronics to create genre-defying music. Read more about the concert & get tickets here!


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH HAS BEEN LAUNCHED! The MCO is seeking a forward-thinking, creative, innovative, and energetic leader to serve as its next Executive Director. Nationally and internationally admired and respected for its creative programming and dynamic performances, MCO offers an exciting concert series, tours widely, commissions often, and collaborates regularly with the world’s leading soloists. More information here.

ONE MORE MATINEE IN 2023! Watch the trailer here. 1.00pm, Wed, 12 April 2023 / Cellist-composer Cris Derksen joins Aisslinn Nosky and the MCO to perform a new cello concerto by Cris! The matinee also features two composers of the 18th century: the bright and bouncing Boccherini, & Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint Georges, also known as the Black Mozart. Learn more here.

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