Welcome to a reimagined 2020/21 season! The pandemic has taught us to expect the unexpected, so while we hope to offer more concerts to smaller audience groups in airy surroundings, we know that plans may change with little notice. Our October concert takes place at Eckhardt Hall at the WAG. All spring concerts are at Westminster Church, unless changing circumstances compel venue relocation. Of course, we’ll comply with all health-related protocols — and we can’t wait to see you!
See the updated 2021 Spring Festival and season renewal form here. (Note: this document replaces the pre-pandemic version distributed in the winter of 2020.)
1:00 3:30 Sunday, 4 October 2020 / A tasty appetizer for our April-June music festival, this concert is an overdue instalment in our Chamber Night series and a long-anticipated chance to see and hear some of Winnipeg’s best musicians, including Caitlin Broms-Jacobs, Allen Harrington, Victoria Sparks, Karl Stobbe, and Tracy Wright, live in concert again. (Please note that this concert is at the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Eckhardt Hall.)
1:00 7:30 Tuesday, 6 April 2021 / A few years ago we filmed our first concert with teenage Dutch recorder player Lucie Horsch. While she was relatively unknown at the time, the video went viral — earning over 100,000 hits. We urge you, while tickets last, to see the “latest big thing in recorder playing” (The Guardian), as she virtuosically flutters and trills her way through assorted works. Program includes Haydn, Wennäkoski and others.
1:00 7:30 Wednesday, 14 April 2021 / One of Manitoba’s most cherished composers is Sid Robinovitch, whose highly original blend of folk, jazz, and contemporary classical earns him accolades far beyond our province. The MCO has asked Sid to compose an oratorio based on the story of Jonah, with the popular Pembina Trails Singers performing. At this concert, we premiere this exciting piece and present other classic chamber orchestra works.
7:30 Tuesday, 4 May 2021 / Described by the Economist as one of ‘20 Living Polymaths,’ Stephen Hough is a composer, writer, and one of the world’s leading pianists — perhaps even “our greatest living pianist” (Mail on Sunday). To miss this rare chance to see such a renowned performer as Hough in recital — where he’ll play Chopin, Schumann and more — would be a grave musical mistake. We are very, very lucky to have him.
1:00 7:30 Tuesday, 11 May 2021 / In casual corroboration of the historian’s hunch that inspiring human trajectories are often set in motion by flukes, French hornist James Sommerville encountered his instrument only by chance in high school. Audiences benefit from this accident as much as him, and we are lucky to be among that audience when the Boston Symphony Orchestra principal performs and conducts Mozart, among other things, with the MCO.
7:30 Tuesday, 1 June 2021 / Tracy Dahl and Andriana Chuchman are both high-flying, international opera singers with roots in Peg City. At this concert, the pair will perform classic duos and arias by Mozart, Handel, Monteverdi, & Bellini. Andriana, Tracy’s former pupil, sells out the MCO as often as Tracy does — so subscribe while tickets last!
3:00 7:30 Sunday, 6 June 2021 / From time to time we can’t resist shining a spotlight on the esteemed musicians who work closely with the MCO. In this tour de force concert we do just that, with virtuosic and elegant solos from MCO musicians Desiree Abbey, Caitlin Broms-Jacobs, Pamela Fay, Victoria Sparks, and Connie Gitlin — as well as a piano performance & new piece by Nahre Sol, one of YouTube’s most celebrated and popular classical musicians.
1:00 7:30 Wednesday, 9 June 2021 / There’s something sport-like about classical music’s soloist arena, with its emphasis on young prize-winners performing inhuman feats of speed and dexterity. In the much-decorated, prodigious Chooi brothers (Timothy & Nikki) we have Canada’s musical equivalent of NFL’s Manning brothers. They tag-team here to perform Michael Oesterle’s Snow White concerto, and works by Vivaldi and Geminiani.
1:00 7:30 Tuesday, 15 June 2021 / Well, this is a real coup: Claire Chase, “the most important flutist of our time” (New York Times), is joined at this concert by the MCO’s Artist-in-Residence Aisslinn Nosky, one of Canada’s foremost baroque violinists. Chase is the toast of the classical music world, while the supremely charismatic Nosky needs no introduction to MCO audiences.