Raine Hamilton, MCO


Singer-songwriter Raine Hamilton with 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).

A 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award winner, Raine Hamilton tells stories and jokes, plays the fiddle and guitar, and sings her distinctive blend of folk and classical music. She is a natural songwriter and was a huge audience hit when she last performed alongside the orchestra in the fall of 2020, with the online concert gaining 10K streams on our YouTube channel.

The term ‘troubadour’ is thrown around today about almost anyone who picks up an acoustic guitar and sings, but for Raine the connection to the tradition runs deeper. The natural landscape looms large in her elegant, direct lyrics, carried by melodies that feel like traditional ballads you’ve known your whole life. It’s unsurprising she holds a Master’s in medieval musicology, although there’s nothing academic or dry about her vulnerable, organic sound. Raine’s performances are pure storytelling from beginning to end.

Arranger Kenley Kristofferson has expanded Raine’s intricate songs — generally for guitar, violin, cello, and bass — for larger orchestral ensemble, and at this concert we’ll experience Raine with guitar and fiddle alongside the MCO. Continuing in a similar vein, we’ll also hear a number of traditional fiddle tunes, jigs, and medleys by just the orchestra; wonderful expansions of some of the same repertoire toured by our Fiddlers on the Loose ensemble in northern Manitoba.

The MCO is also pleased to present four pieces by some of the most audience-pleasing composers of the twentieth century. Stylistically William Walton (known especially for his film scores), Arvo Pärt (perhaps the most acclaimed minimalist next to Philip Glass), Astor Piazzolla (the most famous tango composer), and Antonín Dvořák (no introduction likely required!) are all worlds apart. What they share in common, however, is a fairly rare gift among twentieth century composers for creating high art in the collective musical languages of their homelands. They are populists in the best spirit.


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 October 20th in-person ticket (incl. online) | $36 Adult | $34 Senior | $15 Under-30
• Buy October 21st in-person ticket (incl. online) | $36 Adult | $34 Senior | $15 Under-30
• Buy November 3rd online-only ticket | $20 Household ticket

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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Anne Manson, Music Director
Karl Stobbe, Concertmaster
Westminster Church in Wolseley
Wednesday & Thursday, 20 & 21 October 2021
Online presentation 3 November 2021

Raine Hamilton (arr. Kenley Kristofferson)
Dominae Sanctae

Arvo Pärt
Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

Raine Hamilton (arr. Kenley Kristofferson)
Lay Me Down

William Walton
Sonata for Strings, allegro molto

Raine Hamilton (arr. Kenley Kristofferson)
Mountain Henge

Astor Piazzolla

Raine Hamilton (arr. Kenley Kristofferson)
It Matters

Antonín Dvořák
American Quartet, with full strings, 4th movement

Various composers
Fiddle tunes for full strings and percussion

Kenley Kristofferson arrangements commissioned by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Coming soon!

Coming soon!