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A WARM WELCOME TO THE MCO’s 2021/22 SEASON! We’re excited to offer this season, which features both online and in-person presentations over 11 concert programs. Safety and rejuvenation are both keywords for this extended season. To accommodate physical distancing, we’ll be operating at reduced capacity and offering TWO concert options per program, on back-to-back evenings at 7.30pm at Westminster Church. Click here for more details about our physical distancing policies. Below you’ll find more details for both our in-person and online subscription packages, and below that a short description of each of our 11 concert programs. Scroll through the Concert menu at the top of this page for longer descriptions. Get an order form here!
Subscription (includes in-person and online concerts); make concert selections at checkout.
- 11-ticket full season package | $275 Adult | $264 Senior
- 6-ticket package | $186 Adult | $175 Senior
Benefits for all levels of Subscription:
- Savings of roughly 15-30% compared to regular in-person ticket prices
- Includes tickets for all online concerts AND in-person tickets for your selected concerts
- Entitles you to buy extra in-person tickets at the highly discounted rate of $25 for Adults and $24 for Seniors
- Invitation to attend pre-season Zoom chat with Anne Manson
- Invitation to attend in-person or virtual event at end of season as we launch our 50th anniversary season
- Free exchange of tickets within season for in-person attendance
- Tax receipt for difference between cost of in-person and online tickets if a live event is cancelled OR if you ultimately decide to stay home and only attend online event
- Choice of refund, credit, or tax receipt if BOTH in-person and online concerts are cancelled
Please note: if new social gathering restrictions abruptly reduce our venue capacity further, our priority will be to honour tickets on a first-come-first-serve basis. All concert programs in our 2021-22 season have two presentations, and if capacity allows, we will encourage ticket-holders to switch from one performance to the other.
- 11-concert online full season package | $120 Household subscription
Benefits for all levels of Online Pass:
- Savings of nearly 50% compared to price for online casual tickets
- The Online Pass entitles you to access to all remaining online concerts as of the date you purchase your pass
- There are 11 online concerts in total, and each is available for access for two weeks after they premiere
- Sharing of concert links with up to five other households
- Choice of credit, tax receipt, or refund if online concerts are cancelled
- 7.30pm, Tue & Wed, 21 & 22 September 2021 (online Oct 5) / Our season-opener highlights the wonderful musicians who make up the MCO, with solos aplenty in works by Stravinsky, Spohr, Barber, and Still. MCO oboist Caitlin Broms-Jacobs has arranged this version of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella.
- 7.30pm, Wed & Thu, 20 & 21 October 2021 (online Nov 3) /A Canadian Folk Music Award winner, Raine Hamilton tells stories and jokes, plays the fiddle and guitar, and sings over her distinctive blend of folk and classical music. A huge audience hit the last time we collaborated with her – we can’t wait to have her back. The orchestra will also play works by Pärt, Walton, Dvorak, and Piazzolla.
- 7.30pm, Tue & Wed, 26 & 27 October 2021 (online Nov 9) / Tracy Dahl and Andriana Chuchman are both high-flying, international opera singers with roots in Peg City. That Andriana used to be Tracy’s pupil makes it all the more special when they sing together. At this concert, they perform a range of arias and duets. Pieces by Burge and Haydn also performed.
- 7.30pm, Tue & Wed, 8 & 9 March 2022 (online Mar 25) / Another overdue concert celebration of Canadian musicians; this one is a focus on such wonderful composers and arrangers as Randolph Peters, Gabriel Dharmoo, Larry Strachan, and Caitlin Broms-Jacobs! Clarinettist Connie Gitlin features in our premiere of Peters’ Luminous.
- 7.30pm, Tue & Wed, 22 & 23 March 2022 (online Apr 6) / There’s something sport-like about classical music’s soloist arena, with its emphasis on young prize-winners performing super-human feats of speed and dexterity. In the brilliant Chooi brothers (Timothy & Nikki) we have Canada’s musical equivalent of NFL’s Manning bros. They team up to perform in a concert featuringOesterle, Vivaldi, Bach, & Geminiani.
- 7.30pm, Tue & Wed, 12 & 13 April 2022 (online Apr 29) / One of Manitoba’s most cherished composers is Sid Robinovitch, whose highly original blend of folk, jazz, and classical earns him praise far beyond Manitoba. We’ve asked Sid to compose an oratorio based on the story of Jonah, with the popular Pembina Trails Voices performing, and Bruce Sarbit narrating. We premiere this exciting piece, Copland’s Hoedown, Vaughan Williams’ Thomas Tallis Fantasia, and more!
- 7.30pm, Tue & Wed, 26 & 27 April 2022 (online May 10) / At long last we have the chance to premiere Kevin Lau’s Prayer in a Green Cathedral, an exceptional new oboe concerto almost destined to take a prominent place in that repertoire. The “always sublime” (Winnipeg Free Press) Caitlin Broms-Jacobs stars as the work’s soloist! We’re also pleased to perform Haydn, Vivaldi, and De La Martinez’ Four AfroCuban Poems.
- 7.30pm, Thu & Fri, 5 & 6 May 2022 (online May 19) / With over 400K subscribers, pianist-composer Nahre Sol is among the most popular and intriguing artists making music online today. At this concert, she performs in her new work, Pixels. We also offer a live performance of Alexina Louie’s mind-blowing percussion concerto Waking the Lion, with Victoria Sparks in the starring role. Mezzo Lizzy Hoyt dazzles with baroque arias, and the MCO plays a string quartet by Ravel.
- 7.30pm, Wed & Thu, 25 & 26 May 2022 (online Jun 10) / The MCO’s Artist-in-Residence Aisslinn Nosky (“Toronto’s Eric Clapton of the violin” (Toronto Star)) is one of Canada’s foremost baroque violinists, though hardly needs introduction to MCO audiences. Here the charismatic performer will bring the house down play-conducting works by Bach, Handel, and Mozart. We’re thrilled to continue to work with her.
- 7.30pm, Tue & Wed, 31 May & 1 June 2022 (online Jun 14) / Eminent French hornist James Sommerville is back to play-conduct a concert that features the Canadian premiere of Kati Agócs‘s Horn Concerto and Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3! The MCO rounds off the program with works by Brahms and Respighi.
- 7.30pm, Wed & Thu, 8 & 9 June 2022 (online Jun 22) / A few years ago we filmed our first concert with teenage Dutch recordist Lucie Horsch. While she was relatively little known at the time, the video went viral — earning over 100K hits. We urge you to see the “latest big thing in recorder playing” (The Guardian), as she virtuosically flutters and trills her way through works by Kulesha and Bach, with additional works from Oesterle and Haydn.