Karen Gomyo is on the brink of international stardom. This is a great opportunity for us to introduce our audience to a young Canadian violinist.
—Anne Manson, MCO Music Director
The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra turns 40 next season and has organized a stellar lineup to celebrate.
Music Director Anne Manson revealed the 2012-2013 season at a concert earlier this month. The nine-concert series promises some favourite artists from the past and some exciting big names in the classical world.
Sensational soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian has been performing and touring extensively with the MCO and will record with them this summer. She opens the MCO season singing songs by Maurice Ravel.
Violinist Karen Gomyo (Seldy)
The young violinist Karen Gomyo
will bring a Mozart violin concerto to life in a concert that welcomes back conductor Scott Yoo. "Karen Gomyo is on the brink of international stardom. This is a great
opportunity for us to introduce our audience to a young Canadian violinist." says Anne Manson.Marc-André Hamelin
, a titan of the piano, will play Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1
. The hefty program will be rounded out by the Bela Bartok's Divertimento
Also notable is a virtual reprise of the very first concert the MCO ever played. Roy Goodman
, one of the MCO's former music directors, will return to lead the orchestra with local darling Tracy Dahl
and MCO principal oboist, Caitlin Broms-Jacobs. The repertoire will include music by Grieg, Britten, Vivaldi and Rossini.The Winnipeg Singers
will also be celebrating their 40th anniversary, so the two groups will share the stage for one concert. Anne Manson explains: "We have wanted to play Glenn Buhr
's Ritchot Mass
again, and it turned out that
The Singers were also very enthusiastic about reprising that piece. And of
course Arvo Part
's Berliner Messe
is a very powerful work, too."
Other highlights will be return engagements from piano virtuoso Janina Fialkowska
, countertenor Daniel Taylor
and British cellist Colin Carr
, who wowed audiences last season in his performance at the International Cello Festival of Canada
In addition, the orchestra plans to feature a Canadian work on each of its nine concerts, two of them new commissions.
There are two concerts remaining in this season. On Wednesday, April 25th, the orchestra welcomes mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne
and guest conductor Jesus Amigo
in an all-Spanish program.