A Cluster Festival
The warmth and freshness of spring comes early now in Winnipeg with a host of new music festivals during the colder months. Among the most exciting and forward-looking is Cluster Festival, with whom the MCO is proud to co-produce this concert.
It features such luminaries of new classical music as Alexina Louie, Gabriel Dharmoo (above centre), & Keiko Devaux. JUNO-winner Louie is “one of Canada’s most highly regarded and most often performed composers” (Canadian Music Centre), while the artistically blossoming Dharmoo and Devaux are leading figures of the Montréal new music scene.
Cluster organizers tell us they have curated an evening of elegant new works that, while complementing one another, “show the different sides of what new music can be.” By this they may mean, among other things, the inclusion of a folk musician, Raine Hamilton, on the evening’s program. A 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award winner, Hamilton tells stories and jokes, plays the fiddle and guitar, and sings over her distinctive mélange of folk and chamber music. She is, almost invariably, a huge audience hit, and we’re excited to see what elements she assembles for this show.
Our March concert will be an evening of top-notch musicianship and new music that is a must for adventurous music-lovers.
As associate conductor of the Les Violons du Roy chamber orchestra, Mathieu Lussier (above right) has conducted over 100 concerts in Canada, Mexico, and the US. He’s also a gifted composer and bassoonist, in which roles he has engagements all over the world. Lussier teaches Baroque bassoon at McGill University and modern bassoon at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
The concert begins at 7.30pm on March 24th in Westminster United Church, 745 Westminster at Maryland. 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
24 March 2020
Cluster Festival collaboration
Pulau de Wata (arr. M. Oesterle)
Linda Catlin Smith
Of Absolute Resistance
Starlight, Creek Cabin Song, Aurora in the Meadow
Forest for the Trees