Vivaldi, Haydn, Lau


Vivaldi, Haydn, and Lau, with a special appearance by Caitlin Broms-Jacobs

Please note there are no door sales for the immediate future — all tickets must be purchased online or over the phone (204-783-7377).

At long last we have the chance to premiere MCO Composer-in-Residence, Kevin Lau’s Prayer in a Green Cathedral.

Lau, whose gorgeous Writ in Water floored audiences across Canada when we toured it in 2019, is one of Canada’s brightest young composers. His exceptional new oboe concerto, Prayer in a Green Cathedral, is almost certainly destined to take a prominent place in that repertoire. It was written specifically for the “always sublime” (Winnipeg Free Press) oboist Caitlin Broms-Jacobs, who stars as the work’s soloist.

On the contemporary side of the program there’s also Odaline de la Martinez’s Four AfroCuban Poems. The first woman to conduct the BBC proms, de la Martinez is also an exceptional composer whose work is performed all over the world.

This evening’s four-courser includes two servings of baroque. Before Lau’s concerto we’ll hear Vivaldi’s Double Concerto for Viola and Cello. Desiree Abbey (cello) and Pamela Fay (viola), both much admired and well-known to MCO audiences, take on the piece’s soloist roles. They’ll knock it out of the park. And for dessert, we’ll enjoy Haydn’s Symphony No. 52 in C Minor. Known as the grandfather of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, it’s not surprising that Haydn’s dramatic, 30-minute symphony is among the most mature in Haydn’s “storm and desire” period. Perfect: we prefer our desserts rich and in big slices.


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 April 26th in-person ticket (incl. online) | $36 Adult | $34 Senior | $15 Under-30
• Buy April 27th in-person ticket (incl. online) | $36 Adult | $34 Senior | $15 Under-30
• Buy May 10th online-only ticket | $20 Household ticket

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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Anne Manson, Music Director
Karl Stobbe, Concertmaster
Westminster Church in Wolseley
Tuesday & Wednesday, 26 & 27 April 2022
Online presentation 10 May 2022

Antonio Vivaldi
Double Concerto for Viola and Cello, RV 531 in G Minor

Kevin Lau
Prayer in a Green Cathedral
World premiere performance, commissioned by the MCO with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts

Odaline de la Martinez
Four AfroCuban Poems, Mezzo
Canadian premiere performance

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No. 52 in C Minor

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