A Baroque Double Bill
One of the special pleasures of performing Baroque music is that its ‘contrapuntal’ nature—a fancy term for a dialogue between musical voices—often yields multiple soloists. Please note: tickets purchased on this page are for the evening concert (1-hour matinee here).
And so for the second occasion in a few years, the great Canadian baroque n’ roller Aisslinn Nosky is featured at an MCO concert on a double-bill. This time her interlocutor is the remarkable American cellist Guy Fishman. A musician whose playing is described as “electrifying” by the New York Times and as “beautiful” by the Boston Herald, Fishman is formerly principal cellist of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Now he is principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston and graces audiences across North America with his unique gifts as a soloist.
Formerly a member of Tafelmusik, Aisslinn Nosky is now the Concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society and focuses on her solo career, which has taken so many interesting directions. At her last two MCO concerts, the charismatic performer practically bourrée’d, chaconne’d, and danced her way through the tempestuous music of Haydn and other Baroque masters. Clearly, it’s not only her technical virtuosity that makes her “Toronto’s Eric Clapton of the violin,” (Toronto Star) but also her rock and roll approach to the Baroque. Spellbound MCO audiences also know her as a crack orchestra leader, and at this concert she reprises her role as player-conductor.
Goethe once described chamber music, an invention of the Age of Reason, as “rational people conversing.” Like black coffee, this conversation may be so stimulating you have trouble sleeping afterwards.
It’s considered a major oversight of the Western canon that for some 200 years JS Bach’s music lay in obscurity while his son Carl Philipp Emanuel enjoyed great fame. After all, it was not JS but CPE to whom Mozart was referring when he called Bach “the father of us all.” But it seems equally unfair that Bach’s renewed stature should come at the expense of CPE (not to be confused with PDQ, as we suspect he often is). In any case, the MCO is only too glad to perform from the anointed son’s great oeuvre at this concert.
The concert begins at 7.30pm on May 13th 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
13 May 2020
Aisslinn Nosky, violin
Guy Fishman, cello
Johann Christian Bach
Symphony in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 8
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Cello Concerto in A Major (H 439)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major (K 211)
Symphony No.94 in G major, ‘Surprise’ (Hob.I:94)