Manson, Sparks

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Moderns, Mozarts,
& accidental Mozart imposters

A few years ago, a documentary film was made on the MCO. It told the engrossing story of our commission and premiere, with soloist Victoria Sparks, of Sid Robinovitch’s Percussion Concerto. As well as inspiring a documentary, the concerto premiere garnered a near-full house of eager music-lovers who’d flocked to hear Robinovitch’s dancing, blues-like concerto, rendered with such finesse by Sparks. Please note: tickets purchased on this page are for the evening concert (1-hour matinee here).

Back by popular demand, the concerto’s third movement for marimba is presented at the opening of our April concert, with Sparks reprising her role as the soloist. Pensive, and with more than a twinkle of Sid’s well-known wit, it’s the perfect aperitif for all that comes after; a kind of overture encapsulating the evening’s musical themes.

In the modern portion of the evening, we also have Kevin Lau’s (above right) gorgeous and similarly pensive Writ in Water, commissioned by the MCO & premiered to much fanfare at our March 2019 concert. Then there’s a new MCO-commissioned work by Julian Grant (above middle). On the program’s witty, mischievous side, there are also works by Mozart (his light-hearted Divertimento No. 14), Mozart imposters (the so-called Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, falsely attributed to M) and Mozart family members (Leopold’s Toy Symphony, quite literally written for toy instruments).

An evening of rich, important Canadian music and Mozartian levity. Anne Manson conducts.

Victoria Sparks

Winnipeg-based Victoria Sparks is a solo, orchestral, and chamber percussionist and educator. She performs regularly with the MCO, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Before joining the University of Manitoba music faculty in 2018, she was the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Brandon University. Victoria works closely with clarinettist Cathy Wood in their collaborative project Viđarneistí, and is the founder and director of the MBA Prairie Percussion Workshop.

The concert begins at 7.30pm on April 22nd 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
22 April 2020

Anne Manson, conductor
Victoria Sparks, percussion

Sid Robinovitch
Percussion concerto

Julian Grant
New composition

Kevin Lau
Writ in Water

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Allegro, from Divertimento in B-flat Major (K 270)

Leopold Mozart
Toy Symphony

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(The so-called) Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major (K 18)—written by Carl Friedrich Abel

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