Anne Manson, Chooi brothers


Timothy & Nikki Chooi: Tangos & Tempests

The concert world loves its prizefighters, and with the Chooi brothers we have two soloists on their way to heavyweight status. The toast of the music press, they are both winners of scores of international prizes and tag team here to perform a Spanish & Latin-American-centric program. Please note: tickets purchased on this page are for the evening concert (1-hour matinee here).

After opening with Arriaga’s Symphony in D major, we’ll hear the the tempestuous Night of the Flying Horses by Osvaldo Golijov, “one of today’s most sought-after composers” (New York Times). It begins with a gentle Yiddish lullaby before climaxing with one of contemporary classical music’s most memorable finales. Of Golijov, New Yorker critic Alex Ross writes, “His works arouse extraordinary enthusiasm in audiences, because they revive music’s elemental powers: they have rhythms that rock the body into motion and melodies that linger in the mind.”

Then we’ll hear the duelling European piece practically required of any concert featuring two violin virtuosos: Bach’s Double Violin Concerto. This popular work, known simply as the “Bach Double,’ is an exquisite example of Bach’s late Baroque writing—thanks to Django Reinhardt’s stylings, its gypsy jazz version may be best known to general audiences.

After that the Chooi brothers re-enter the spotlight by performing the stormy Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, by the “King of Tango” Astor Piazzolla. A thunderous start to our 2019/20 season!


There isn’t enough space to list the brothers’ most impressive achievements, so we’ll settle on two: in the 2016/17 season Nikki was appointed to one of the world’s most prestigious violin posts, Concertmaster of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, while the younger Timothy is a past winner of the Grand Prize of the l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition. As brothers who’ve worked together since childhood, there’s a wonderful synergy to their collaborations. How lucky we are to have them perform together with the MCO.

The concert begins at 7.30pm on September 25th in Westminster United Church, 745 Westminster at Maryland. (Click here for 1-hour matinee details.) Tickets, at $36 for adults, $34 for seniors and $15 for students and those under-30 (incl. GST), are available at McNally Robinson, Organic Planet (877 Westminster Ave), and on MCO’s Ticketline at 204-783-7377.

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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Anne Manson, Music Director
Karl Stobbe, Concertmaster
Westminster United Church
25 September 2019

Anne Manson, conductor
Nikki & Timothy Chooi, violin soloists


Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga
Adagio–Allegro vivace, from Symphony in D Major

Osvaldo Golijov
Night of the Flying Horses

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor (BWV1043)

Heitor Villa-Lobos
String Quartet No. 5 (W263)

Astor Piazzolla
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Concertmaster Sponsor / Paul Walsh

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