Baroque ‘n’ Roll
Soprano Karina Gauvin is one of Canada’s great lyric sopranos. A veteran star performer of the high-flown operas of Rameau, Cavalli, and Handel, her recital with the MCO clears away the powdered wigs and elaborate costumes to showcase one of the richest, nimblest, and most captivating voices of today.
The Québécoise’s many decorations include ‘Soloist of the Year’ (Médias francophones publics), and she’s sung with the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic as well as numerous leading Baroque ensembles.
She may be “a queen of Baroque opera” (Opera News), but at our November concert you’ll hear her execute the vocal gymnastics of Mozart as majestically as the Queen of the Night herself. Alongside the MCO & conductor-bassoonist Mathieu Lussier, she performs no fewer than four works by Mozart — including arias K217, K369, and others from The Shepherd King and The Marriage of Figaro.
For good measure, we’ve also added a few Baroque works, one of which, Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in E Minor, will see Lussier swap his baton for his bassoon. The polymathic Lussier also has a work on the program that he’ll play-conduct: the charming Spring Lullaby.
As associate conductor of the Les Violons du Roy chamber orchestra, Mathieu Lussier 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 as the Université du Québec à Montréal.
The concert begins at 7:30 pm on November 6th 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
6 November 2018
Karina Gauvin, soprano
Mathieu Lussier, bassoon
Overture to La Verità in cimento
Bassoon Concerto in E Minor, RV 484
Variations on La Folia
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Misera dove son, Non son io che parlo, K369
‘L’amero saro costante’ (Re Pastore, Act II)
Divertimento in D major, K136
‘Dove sono i bei momenti’ (Nozze di Figaro)
‘Voi avete un cor fedele,’ K217
Concert sponsor / Gail Asper Family Foundation