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● Wednesday, 25 September 2019 / The concert world loves its prizefighters, and in the Chooi brothers (Timothy and Nikki) we have two soloists on their way to heavyweight status. The toast of the music press, they are both winners of scores of international prizes and tag-team here to perform Bach’s Double Violin Concerto and Piazzolla’s glorious, feisty Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.
● Wednesday, 30 October 2019 / One of Canada’s most sought-after classical artists, JUNO award winner Dinuk Wijeratne made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 as a composer, conductor, and pianist. He’ll brandish this triple-threat at this concert, conducting works by Grieg, Mozart, et al., setting down his baton only to premiere, as a soloist, a gorgeous new piano concerto of his own inspired creation.
● Wednesday, 13 November 2019 / Perhaps best known by MCO audiences as a brilliant Philip Glass collaborator, Simone Dinnerstein is also one of “the great Beethoven pianists of our time” (Philadelphia Inquirer). She’s acclaimed equally for her majestic performances of Bach, of which we’ll get two concerto servings (BWV 1052 & 1053) at this irresistible concert. The celebrated Douglas Boyd conducts; others works include Corelli & Tippett.
● Wednesday, 4 December 2019 / Lyric soprano Karina Gauvin, among the greatest singers of Baroque in the world, and the cherished Winnipeg Singers perform Bach cantatas (BWV 140, 82a & 191). Rarely performed in Winnipeg, the cantatas will bring audiences seasonal joy as they resonate gloriously through Westminster.
● Wednesday, 12 February 2020 / There is perhaps no more outstanding Canadian cellist than Ariel Barnes and no more universally beloved composer than Tchaikovsky, who Ariel performs at this concert (Op. 33). We can only say “more!” to this magical pairing. All the better then that the program includes a second helping of Pyotr Ilyich (Op. 48), as well as a new Canadian cello concerto by Marcus Goddard.
● Tuesday, 24 March 2020 / The warmth & freshness of spring comes early now in Winnipeg with a host of new music festivals during the colder months. One of the hippest is Cluster Festival, with whom the MCO is proud to co-produce a concert featuring such luminaries of new music as Alexina Louie, Gabriel Dharmoo, and Keiko Devaux. A special highlight: prairie songstress Raine Hamilton’s ‘chamber folk’ collaboration with our orchestra.
● Wednesday, 22 April 2020 / Beloved Winnipeg soloist Victoria Sparks’ premiere with the MCO of Sid Robinovitch’s Percussion Concerto was the sleeper hit of our 2015/16 season. Pensive, and with more than a twinkle of Sid’s well-known wit, the third movement of the virtuosic concerto for marimba is back by popular demand, in a concert that also includes pieces by Mozart, Mozart imposters, and Mozart family members.
● Wednesday, 13 May 2020 / Aisslinn Nosky’s stature as one of North America’s foremost baroque violinists should need no introduction, but there it is anyway if you missed her MCO concerts the past two seasons. She’s joined by cellist Guy Fishman for performances of Mozart’s stunning Violin Concerto No. 2, CPE Bach’s underplayed Cello Concerto in A Major, H 439, and more.
● Tuesday, 9 June 2020 / We’ve performed at Carnegie Hall and earned a JUNO nomination thanks to past collaborations with soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, so naturally we’re tremendously excited to be performing again with her for a concert she’s tentatively calling “Cleopatra of Armenia,” featuring arias by Vivaldi, Gluck, and others.