Baroque ‘n’ Roll
Aisslinn Nosky’s reputation as one of Canada’s foremost violinists certainly preceded her 2017 debut with the MCO. She was, after all, a member of the exceptional Tafelmusik Baroque Ensemble before focusing on her solo career, which has taken so many interesting directions.
However, we’re not sure audiences seeing her perform for the first time were quite prepared for her uniquely dramatic stage presence. The charismatic performer practically bourrée’d, chaconne’d, and danced her way through the tempestuous music of Haydn and other Baroque masters. Clearly, it’s not only her technical virtuosity that makes her “Toronto’s Eric Clapton of the violin,” (Toronto Star) but also her rock and roll approach to the Baroque.
Spellbound audiences at that concert now also know her as a crack orchestra leader, and she’s back in October to play-conduct more megahits of the Baroque era.
Among them is Handel’s Water Music suite, composed in 1717 to satisfy King George I’s request for a soundtrack to accompany his gallivants by royal barge down the Thames. Apparently George was so pleased with the effervescent piece that he decreed that the musicians, tailing him in another boat, play it on repeat while he drifted towards his destination in Chelsea. Unpopular though this German-born king may have been with his English subjects, we imagine the strains of Handel inspiring hundreds of London’s shopkeepers to leave their stores for the embankment to admire this most baroque scene.
With dazzling works by Vivaldi, Haydn, and composer-cum-troubadour Glenn Buhr also on the program, our October concert is guaranteed to be truly baroque ‘n’ roll!
Recognized as one of today’s top baroque violinists, Aisslinn Nosky is also immediately recognizable for her stylish red locks. A fan of Metallica, a player of the banjolele (a cross between the banjo and the ukulele), and a champion of contemporary music, Aisslinn reminds the world that the Baroque ain’t broke.
The concert begins at 7:30 pm on October 10th in Westminster United Church, 745 Westminster at Maryland. Tickets, at $35 for adults, $33 for seniors and $15 for students and those under-30 (incl. GST), will be available 28 July 2018, at McNally Robinson, the West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice at Sherbrook), Organic Planet (877 Westminster Ave) or MCO’s Ticketline (204-783-7377).
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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Anne Manson, Music Director
Karl Stobbe, Concertmaster
Westminster United Church
10 October 2018
Aisslinn Nosky, violin
George Frideric Handel
Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 No. 4 in a minor, HWV 322
Three Pieces for Strings
Violin Concerto in G Major, Hob.VIIa:4
George Frideric Handel
Water Music suite