THE WINNIPEG SINGERS
IT’s SAFE TO SAY that you probably know someone in one of Canada’s finest choral ensembles. After all, Winnipeg is host to more than a few. Take The Winnipeg Singers. Led by conductor Yuri Klaz, the choir has toured Europe and Asia to great fanfare. They are an ensemble on the international stage — but they are our choir, a bedrock of the Winnipeg cultural community whose reputation resonates well beyond.
At this concert, they join the MCO (conducted by Alexander Weimann) to perform Bach’s F major Lutheran Mass, filled with glorious choruses and deeply moving arias. Its name seems like a conundrum. The mass is a Catholic form, while Bach was a strict Lutheran during an era of, let’s say, testy relations between Catholics and Protestants. Some suggest Bach’s masses were designed to strengthen his ties with the Catholic king who had just come to the throne in Dresden. It wouldn’t be the first time a composer wrote something to flatter a royal. Consider Handel’s joyful Water Music suite (1717), which the MCO also performs at this concert. It was written to give the unpopular King George a regal soundtrack to announce his arrival as he floated down the Thames in his royal barge!
All this context is interesting, but these works’ beauty transcends the political maneuvering and religious disputes that surrounded their creation. They are timeless works to be enjoyed by all.
The concert begins at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 26th, in Westminster United Church, 745 Westminster at Maryland. Casual tickets will be available 10 August 2022 here and on MCO’s Ticketline at 204-783-7377.
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Anne Manson, Music Director
Karl Stobbe, Concertmaster
Westminster Church in Wolseley
7.30pm, Wednesday, 26 October 2022
Online presentation 8 December 2022
Details coming soon!