5️⃣ MCO at Home, vol. 5

Jurassic Park, cluster chords, and Writ in Water: Kevin Lau in conversation with Anne Manson 

In March 2019, the MCO premiered Canadian Kevin Lau’s gorgeous Writ in Water. We were so looking forward to reprising this work at our April 2020 concert, but unfortunately the concert was suspended due to the COVID-19 breakout. On the upside, Kevin is now the MCO’s Composer-in-Residence, and as such will be premiering a new concerto with us in our 20-21 season.

In this conversation, Kevin digs into the the score of Writ in Water, analyzing it against the soundtrack of the actual performance, as well as talking movies and inspirations. Click here to watch; click here to hear the full verison of the performance. He also discusses his new concerto featuring oboist Caitlin Broms-Jacobs — but we’ve saved that for another video, to be released soon!

Experience more of our April concert digitally by checking out this Spotify playlist curated by Anne based on this concert’s repertoire and this Interactive Learning Guide developed for the same concert.

Canada’s great percussionist Victoria Sparks 

Victoria Sparks performs Evelyn Glennie’s poignant, moving Little Prayer in tribute to frontline healthcare workers at our partners at Artists in Healthcare. Click the thumbnail to watch. –>

We’re delighted to provide you with free access to the MTS film Concerto about Victoria Sparks’ premiere with the MCO of Sid Robinovitch’s Percussion Concerto. <– Click the thumbnail to watch!  

Classic 107’s biweekly broadcasts of MCO performances

The MCO is very pleased to work with our good friends at Classic 107 to deliver this initiative: on Sunday afternoons, beginning at 2PM, attend a radio concert broadcast of a classic MCO performance from the archives. Brought to you by the Winnipeg Foundation, we will continue the feature every second Sunday. Though we are not able to gather in person, we are able to gather on the radio airwaves for a physically-distanced concert. The next broadcast concert will be 2PM Sunday, 10 May on 107.1 FM

Some musical offerings from MCO’s friends 

“A radio channel from the future. A sardonic selfie museum…” Cluster XI Digital Edition launches 7.30 PM CST, 1 May, and contains hours of media, from audio pieces to video game to recipes and more. Check it –> 

Here’s the third instalment of MCO Concertmaster Karl Stobbe‘s ongoing, magical home performance series of Bach’s Partitas and Sonatas for Solo Violin. Click here or the thumbnail to the left to watch.  

You’ll know Margaret Carey as a regular MCO violist, as you’ll know the just-mentioned Sid Robinovitch as a longtime MCO collaborator. Check out Margaret’s recently released recording of Sid’s work –> 

The MCO gratefully acknowledges support from the following:

Canada Council for the Arts

Manitoba Arts Council

Winnipeg Arts Council

Richardson Foundation

The Winnipeg Foundation

Canada Life

Christianson Wealth Advisors

Sun Life Financial

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