The Kanneh-Masons are a seven-strong set of siblings who have garnered attention for their outstanding musical abilities. Whether they’re playing as part of the family band or on their own, each musician’s talent is apparent and abundant.  

The fifth of the siblings, Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, makes her first performance in Winnipeg alongside the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra as part of the group’s spring season, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 23 in A Major, K. 488. 

“I’m really excited,” says Kanneh-Mason, ahead of her debut. “I love the concerto and I love Mozart.”  

Having first heard the slow, second movement as a youngster, she quickly became enthralled by the Imogen Cooper recording.  

“I just found it so beautiful, and so intimate and delicate,” notes Kanneh-Mason. “I think with Mozart it’s so exposing... I just think there’s so much to discover in his music.”   

The concert also features guest conductor Jeri Lynne Johnson, founder and artistic director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. The group is renowned as an award-winning innovator in social justice and racial equity, highlighting cultural diversity and community engagement.    

“I love working with female conductors,” says Kanneh-Mason. “I just think there’s a nice rapport that seems to happen.” 

Two performances are planned at the Crescent Arts Centre: a 1 p.m. condensed matinee and a full program at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10.  

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