Jonah: presented by the Pembina Trails Voices, conductor Valdine Anderson, and the MCO
Please note there are no door sales for the immediate future — all tickets must be purchased online or over the phone (204-783-7377).
Our city loves choirs. And from the Winnipeg Beer Choir’s rowdy, audience-participatory renditions of Messiah to Canzona’s many performances of the oratorio repertoire, more and more there seems to be a mania for the nearly forgotten oratorio form. A kind of musical theatre without staging, the oratorio tends to be sacred in genre, and rose to popularity to skirt the Catholic Church’s crackdown on “spectacles” during Lent. But that work-around may help to explain why many of the best-known oratorios burst with flamboyance and humour. Who can forget the moment in Israel in Egypt (which the MCO performed a few years ago with Canzona) when a soloist cheerily sings in falsetto, “The land brought forth frogs!”, to describe pestilence ravaging a Biblical Egypt?
If any Manitoba composer could recreate the balance of high art and popular art exhibited by the best oratorios, it’s Sid Robinovitch. His wonderfully original blend of folk, jazz, and contemporary classical has made him one of the prairies’ most celebrated composers. The MCO has asked Sid to compose an oratorio based on the story of Jonah, with the popular Pembina Trails Voices performing alongside the MCO. We’re sure that, with the help of award-winning author and librettist John Weier, this talented group of musicians will bring out the spectacle inherent in all good oratorios. Valdine Anderson conducts the Pembina Trails Voices.
Speaking of spectacle, the MCO is also pleased to present Copland’s boisterous Hoe Down, from his cowboy ballet Rodeo and which has scored countless Hollywood films. Also to be performed are Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis and de Falla’s Seven Spanish Songs. Together, these shorter works round off an evening of extraordinary music with folk undertones.
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There are no door sales for the immediate future; all tickets must be purchased online or over the phone (204.783.7377). We ask that you take a look at our ticket and social gathering policies, by clicking here, before purchasing tickets to or attending our concerts. Click links below to add ticket to cart, adjust quantity in cart. In-person tickets entitle you to a seat at our Westminster concert as well as access to our online presentation of the same concert roughly a week later. Online-only tickets give you access to the online presentation only, which will be viewable for two weeks after the online concert’s premiere. Buyers of in-person tickets will not receive a physical ticket. Once you arrive at our concert, please check in with our Box Office, as they will have an audience list. We will email all ticket-holders (online-only and in-person) a link for accessing the online concert a week or so before its premiere.
• Buy April 12th in-person ticket (incl. online) | $36 Adult | $34 Senior | $15 Under-30
• Buy April 13th in-person ticket (incl. online) | $36 Adult | $34 Senior | $15 Under-30
• Buy April 29th online-only ticket | $20 Household ticket
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Anne Manson, Music Director
Karl Stobbe, Concertmaster
Westminster Church in Wolseley
Tuesday & Wednesday, 12 & 13 April 2022
Online presentation 29 April 2022
Music: Sid Robinovitch
Text: John Weier and Sid Robinovitch, with additional material by Angeline Schellenberg
Narrator: Bruce Sarbit
World premiere performance
Manuel de Falla (arr. Stephanie Chase)
Seven Spanish Songs
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis