It’s been a while. We’ve had many meaningful moments with you over the past year or so, with lots of great music. People tell us how much they’ve missed live concerts with the familiar faces and brilliant talents that make up our ensemble. Of course, we feel the same.

It’s only natural then that our season-opener — presented safely in-person at Westminster Church — should highlight the wonderful musicians who perform regularly with the MCO. There will be solos and moments aplenty for our musicians to shine in works by Barber, Stravinsky, Spohr, and Still. It will be superb, spectacular, supercalifragilistic.

MCO oboist Caitlin Broms-Jacobs has been blowing us away over the past year not just for her “always sublime” (Winnipeg Free Press) playing, but also for her imaginative and faithful arrangements of classic works. Her setting of the Goldberg Variations for reed trio allowed us to experience the work’s rich tapestry of interacting melodies in a whole new light. Stravinsky’s opera-ballet Pulcinella (1920) – for which Picasso designed the original costumes and sets – is a joyous counterpoint to his earlier Rite of Spring (1913) but is still brimming with mischief and bold ideas. We’re so eager to hear what Caitlin makes of those ideas in her arrangement for chamber ensemble.

Among the other works the MCO performs is William Grant Still’s Mother and Child. Sometimes called the “Dean of African-American Composers” for his formative influence in African American classical music, Still composed some two hundred works including numerous symphonies and operas. His popular Mother and Child is a gorgeous work that we had the pleasure of performing once already, in its string version, at our Spring and Summer Festival and apparently was one of Still’s personal favourites. This arrangement is for cello and piano.

A fabulous concert to kick off the season and reconnect with you.


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