While the MCO presents many concerts throughout Manitoba, across Canada and abroad, the Orchestra’s usual home is in historic Westminster United Church, located at 745 Westminster at Maryland in Winnipeg. With some of the richest acoustics of any venue in the city, Westminster’s intimate sanctuary means that every audience member feels like they have the best seat in the house to see some of the world’s greatest musicians.
How do I get to Westminster United Church?
Westminster United Church is accessible via the following bus routes:
- Taché Avenue in St. Boniface to Wolseley
- Route 10
- Leila Avenue in West Kildonan to the Misericordia Hospital
- Route 17
- Leighton and Watt in East Kildonan through River Heights to Polo Park
- Route 20
- Logan and Sherbrook to Pembina in Ft. Garry
- Route 29
If none of these routes is suitable, please consult the Winnipeg Transit route map for more information, or use their Navigo trip planner. Further help is available by calling 311.
All regular season Manitoba Chamber Orchestra concerts begin at 7:30 pm, and the doors open at 6:30 pm.
Where can I get tickets to Manitoba Chamber Orchestra concerts?
Season tickets may be purchased on this site or by calling the MCO Ticketline at 204-783-7377. Casual tickets are available on this site and at the door, but also at several outlets in Winnipeg. These outlets include:
- McNally Robinson Booksellers
- 1120 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg MB R3M 2A6, tel 204-475-0483
- 586 Ellice Avenue at Sherbrook Street MB R3B 1Z8, tel 204-783-6918
- Organic Planet Worker Co-op
- 877 Westminster Avenue, Winnipeg MB R3G 1B3, tel 204-772-8771
Where can I collect my tickets?
Purchased tickets can be mailed out ($1.00 added to cover postage and handling), picked up downtown in the MCO office on the third floor in Portage Place (9-5 Mon-Fri) or collected at the door on concert night.
I’m a subscriber. How do I exchange tickets?
For subscribers, any concert ticket is good at any other show in the same season. All we ask is that you inform us at least 48 hours in advance of concert day that you would like to swap that ticket for another. This allows us to know how many seats we have available for sold out shows. Simply call 204-783-7377 at least two days before the concert. For obvious reasons, we are unable to exchange tickets into a sold-out concert.
I can’t make it to an upcoming MCO concert. Can I donate my tickets for a tax receipt?
You may donate your tickets, up until the day before the performance that you are unable to attend, for most MCO concerts (some exceptions apply). Please write ‘VOID’ and ‘DONATE’ on the tickets you wish to donate and e-mail a photo or copy to email@example.com or fax a copy to (204) 783-7383. Be sure to include your contact information (including day/evening phone numbers). We will cancel your tickets and mail you an official income tax receipt for charitable purposes for the value of the tickets.
When are season tickets mailed out?
Season tickets ordered in the spring or summer months for the upcoming season are mailed out from late-August; orders received from then on are processed and mailed immediately. If you subscribe close to the date of a concert, or if you have made a request, your tickets may be picked up at the ticket table at any concert.
Does the MCO and Westminster United Church cater to special needs?
The staff at the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra prides itself on the accessibility of its venue and its ability to accommodate all music lovers! A state-of-the-art ramp and lift sytem has been installed at Westminster United Church on the east door on Westminster Avenue, and staff is always available to assist. If you believe you need a specific type of assistance or simply want to let us know you’ll be attending a concert, please contact the MCO office at 204-783-7377.
Are there any age restrictions at MCO concerts?
Children under the age of 14 should be accompanied by a teacher or other adult. Generally, babes in arms are not allowed, but we won’t stop you from bringing any member of the family! That being said, a classical music concert is best enjoyed at a certain level of maturity. Please keep children quiet and seated, and use appropriate intervals for washroom breaks.
Where can I park my car?
Please note: parking is not available in the Food Fare lot across from the Church! At 167 Sherbrook Street, EPIC Information Solutions is moving out, but Klinic Community Health is moving in! The good people there have agreed to let our patrons continue parking in the lot behind the building throughout this season, as they work away at renovations. Please leave a little early for the concert and look for parking in the surrounding neighbourhood, but prepare for a bit of a walk!
Where is my lost property?
If you have lost something at a Manitoba Chamber Orchestra concert, please get in touch with the Westminster United Church office at 204-784-1330.
What should I bring with me?
As little as possible! While we have a limited number of seat cushions for our patrons’ comfort, if you have your own, bring it along so there will be enough to go around. No food or drink is to be brought into the venue. If you did bring a cell phone, please turn off the ringer (pagers and beeping watches, too) before the concert begins. The use of recording and photographic equipment is not permitted.
How does MCO’s Pizza Club work?
MCO’s Pizza Club is great fun for the whole family! Reserve three days in advance of the concert date to reserve your spots. Enjoy free pizza (included in the price of your ticket) and a talk on the music you’ll hear at the concert. Starts at 6:00 pm; call 204-783-7377 for reservations. Please enter via the easternmost door on Westminster Avenue.
Which MCO concerts are best suited to children?
While we of course welcome children of all age groups, we find that children over the age of five enjoy our evening concerts best. Younger children are encouraged to attend our matinee performances, where we often host school groups. No babes in arms please!