Galas, Ghosts, and General Strikes

Here’s an etymological factoid I’ve just learned and which is now distracting me from properly writing this article. The words ‘spectacle’ and ‘spectre’ both derive from the same Latin root: spect, which means ‘to witness.’ It’s the contrasting connotations of … Continued

Chamber Chatter, 19 March 2019

PLEASE PUT DOWN the Chamber Chatter and pick up the renewal form, which your usher would’ve handed to you. I say this bluntly because any other introduction would’ve just been a roundabout way of enticing you to do just that. … Continued

Quick links to 19/20 ticket packages

Subscribing to the MCO is a win win win situation! Early-bird subscribers save up to 25% on tickets and can win up to three amazing prizes: ➀ Bowers & Wilkins P5 wireless headphones ($379 value) ➁ Sennheiser Momentum wireless noise-cancelling … Continued

Cheering for the laundry!

“Basically … I want my team’s clothes to beat the clothes from the other city,” is Jerry Seinfeld’s take on the blind loyalty that sports teams sometimes inspire in their fans. “You’re rooting for clothes, when you get right down to it!” … Continued

“Look, what patrons!”

  THE FILM AMADEUS mythologized Emperor Joseph II, patron of The Marriage of Figaro, as offering this assessment of the opera backstage to Mozart: “There are simply too many notes. Just cut a few, and it’ll be perfect.” To which … Continued

Le mot juste

STEVE MARTIN once said, “Those French – it’s like they have a different word for everything.” As a joke about the arrogance of English-speakers, the quip is on point. But otherwise it’s not really true, is it? As most students … Continued

Hidden Indiscretions

ONCE IN A WHILE, after no doubt marvelling at their beauty, someone asks me why our brochure covers now exhibit ‘abstract art.’ For instance, Winnipegger Kenneth Lavallee’s quasi-figurative art decorates next season’s brochure cover. This season’s brochure featured a psychedelic … Continued

The Right Kind of Noise

From our 21 March 2018 edition of Chamber Chatter, the MCO’s concert program insert. The featured soloists at this concert are sopranos Tracy Dahl and Andriana Chuchman. Article written by MCO Marketing and Communications Manager Conrad Sweatman It seems that … Continued

La Liberté review; James Ehnes

Une saison musicale qui débute avec beauté Le Manitoba Chamber Orchestra a lancé la saison musicale 2016-17 de Winnipeg par un très beau concert dirigé par James Ehnes, qui a joué la partie solo du Concerto pour violon de Beethoven. … Continued