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● Wednesday, 7 October 2020 / Tracy Dahl and Andriana Chuchman are both high-flying, international opera singers with roots in Peg City. At this concert, the pair will perform classic duos and arias. Andriana, formerly Tracy’s pupil, sells out the MCO as often as Tracy does — so subscribe while tickets last!
● Wednesday, 18 November 2020 / GRAMMY-winning Jeffrey Zeigler, formerly of the Kronos Quartet, is one of the most innovative and versatile cellists of our time. He’s joined by the majestic Scott Yoo, a favourite guest conductor with our audiences, on an excellent program that includes Dvořák, Burge, Adamo, and more.
● Tuesday, 12 January 2021 / Well, this is a real coup: Claire Chase, “the most important flutist of our time” (New York Times), is joined at this concert by the great Aisslinn Nosky, one of Canada’s foremost baroque violinists. Chase is the toast of the classical music world, while the supremely charismatic Nosky needs no introduction to MCO audiences. A very special concert to bring in the new year.
● Tuesday, 9 February 2021 / the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra is “Canada’s tiny, perfect chamber orchestra” (Toronto Star), and from time to time we can’t resist shining a spotlight on the esteemed musicians who work closely with the MCO. In this tour de force concert we do just that, with virtuosic and elegant solos from MCO musicians Desiree Abbey, Caitlin Broms-Jacobs, Pamela Fay, and Connie Gitlin, on a program that includes Haydn, Kevin Lau, and others.
● Tuesday, 23 February 2021 / Described by the Economist as one of ‘20 Living Polymaths,’ Stephen Hough is a composer, writer, and one of the world’s leading pianists — perhaps even “our greatest living pianist” (Mail on Sunday). To miss this rare chance to see such a flawless performer as Hough in recital — where he’ll play Chopin, Schumann and more — would be a grave musical mistake. We are very, very lucky to have him.
● Tuesday, 16 March 2021 / A few years ago we filmed our first concert with teenage Dutch recorder player Lucie Horsch. While she was relatively little known at the time, the video went viral—earning over 100,000 hits. We urge you, while tickets last, to see the “latest big thing in recorder playing” (The Guardian), as she virtuosically flutters and trills her way through assorted works. Program includes Haydn, Wennäkoski and others.
● Wednesday, 14 April 2021 / One of Manitoba’s most cherished composers is Sid Robinovitch, whose highly original blend of folk, jazz, and contemporary classical earns him accolades far beyond our province. The MCO has asked Sid to compose an oratorio based on the story of Jonah, with the popular Pembina Trails Singers performing. At this concert, we premiere this exciting piece and present other classic chamber works.
● Tuesday, 11 May 2021 / In casual corroboration of the historian’s hunch that inspiring human trajectories are often set in motion by flukes, French hornist James Sommerville encountered his instrument only by chance in high school. Audiences benefit from this accident as much as him, and we are lucky to be among that audience when the Boston Symphony Orchestra principal performs and conducts Mozart, among other things, with the MCO.
● Wednesday, 9 June 2021 / There’s something sport-like about classical music’s soloist arena, with its emphasis on young prize-winners performing inhuman feats of speed and dexterity. In the much-decorated, prodigious Chooi brothers (Timothy & Nikki) we have Canada’s musical equivalent of NFL’s Manning brothers. They tag-team here to perform Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and Oesterle’s Snow White concerto, alongside other pieces.