Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Concert, Sept 11 2013

This is the first concert of the 2013-14 season.

Man­itoba Cham­ber Orches­tra

Anne Man­son, Music Dir­ector and Con­ductor
Karl Stobbe, Con­cert­mas­ter
West­min­ster United Church, 11 Septem­ber 2013

Jan Lisiecki, piano

Béla Bartók Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56

Philip Glass Sym­phony No. 3

Edvard Grieg Piano Con­certo, in A minor, Op. 16 — arr. Oesterle

Jan Lisiecki

Con­cert spon­sor / Investors Group
Print media spon­sor / Win­nipeg Free Press
Radio media spon­sors / CBC Radio 2 98.3CBC Radio One 990,
Espace musique 89,9 and Golden West Radio

“Jan Lisiecki is “a pian­ist who makes every note count”

In a recent review, a New York Times critic went on to describe Jan Lisiecki’s style as “pristine, lyr­ical and intel­li­gent.” It was the ‘every note’ part that hit home: it’s exactly what any­one who atten­ded Jan’sMCO debut remembers!

It’s hard to pin this busy boy down. Our ori­ginal Septem­ber date had to be moved as the young vir­tu­oso was needed in Lon­don, Eng­land. It seems he has won yet another award — the kind you have to accept in person.

In 2011, Jan dazzled us with Chopin; this time it will be a spe­cial arrange­ment of Grieg’s A minor piano con­certo (Op. 16) by Cana­dian com­poser Michael Oesterle.

Also, if you’ve been enjoy­ing the MCO’s new Philip Glass CD (named ‘Record­ing of the Month’ by MusicWeb Inter­na­tional), you’ll love a live per­form­ance of the Sym­phony No. 3 at this concert!

Grieg, via Oesterle

Jan Lisiecki’s usual rep­er­toire is for much lar­ger ensembles, but one work in par­tic­u­lar appealed to Music Dir­ector Anne Man­son. We asked Cana­dian com­poser Michael Oes­terle to work on an arrange­ment of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Con­certo in A Minor (Op. 16) for cham­ber orchestra.

He was inter­ested in the pro­ject, and before we knew it, another unique MCO solu­tion was in the works!

The con­cert begins at 7:30 pm on Septem­ber 11th in West­min­ster United Church, 745 West­min­ster at Mary­land. Tick­ets are $28 for adults, $26 for seni­ors and $8 for stu­dents, includ­ing GST, atMcNally Robin­son, the West End Cul­tural Centre (586 Ellice at Sherbrook), Organic Planet (877 West­min­ster Ave) or MCO’s Tick­et­line (204.783.7377).

The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra at Westminster United Church, Winnipeg


Beautiful Stained Glass in Westminster United Church, Winnipeg. Built 1912



Inside Westminster United Church, Winnipeg




Westminster United Church, Winnipeg


The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra has many music CDs for sale.



The Pews are numbered in the Church, 182



Rose Window, Westminster United Church, Winnipeg




The musicians warm up backstage, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra






Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Jesus Angel Miguel Garcia


Man­itoba Cham­ber Orches­tra
Anne Man­son, Music Dir­ector and Con­ductor




Manitoba Chamber Orchestra


A happy crowd at the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra







The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, in Westminster United Church



Manitoba Chamber Orchestra




Grand Piano Macro










Pianist, Jan Lisiecki

Jan Lisiecki

“The New York Times has called 18-year-old Cana­dian Jan Lisiecki “a pian­ist who makes every note count.” Hav­ing signed an exclus­ive record­ing agree­ment with Deutsche Gram­mo­phon at the age of 15, his debut record­ing on the label fea­tures Mozart’s Piano Con­cer­tos K. 466 & 467 with the Sym­phonieorchester des Bay­erischen Rund­funks under Chris­tian Zacharias. Nom­in­ated for a Juno Award for clas­sical album of the year 2013, the CD was described by the New York Times as “pristine, lyr­ical and intel­li­gent … dir­ect, unmannered and fresh.” Lisiecki’s secondDG album, released in April 2013, fea­tures Chopin’s Études Op. 10 and Op. 25.

In 2012, Jan was named UNICEF Ambas­sador to Canada, after being a National Youth Rep­res­ent­at­ive since 2008. This year, recog­nized for his poetic and mature play­ing, Lisiecki has been awar­ded the Leonard Bern­stein Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.

2013 per­form­ance high­lights include Lisiecki’s debut with Clau­dio Abbado and Orches­tra Moz­art, his BBC Proms debut with Ant­o­nio Pap­pano and the Orches­tra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at Royal Albert Hall in Lon­don, and his debut with the Phil­adelphia Orches­tra under Yan­nick Nézet-Séguin at the Bravo Vail Fest­ival. Jan’s offi­cial sub­scrip­tion debut with the Phil­adelphia Orches­tra is sched­uled for April 2014 where he will be per­form­ing three dif­fer­ent Moz­art con­cer­tos in one week. The 2013/14 sea­son includes his debut with Orches­tra Fil­ar­mon­ica della Scala in Mil­ano under Daniel Hard­ing, return engage­ments to Orchestre de Paris, debuts with the Ton­halle Orchester Zürich and NHK Sym­phony in Tokyo, and recital debuts at Santa Cecilia in Rome, in San Fran­cisco, and in London’s Wig­more Hall. Since the 2012/13 sea­son Jan has been a mem­ber of Konzer­thaus Dortmund’s series ‘Junge Wilde.’

High­lights of past sea­sons included Lisiecki’s New York Phil­har­monic sub­scrip­tion debut under David Zin­man, the sea­son open­ing con­cert of Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Järvi, and his debut with the BBC Sym­phony under Jiří Bělohlávek. Lisiecki has played at Avery Fisher Hall, Carne­gie Hall, the Bar­bican, Salle Pleyel, Ton­halle Zürich, Konzer­thaus Vienna, and Sun­tory Hall. He has sub­sti­tuted for Martha Argerich and Nel­son Freire, and has shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Pin­chas Zuker­man, and Emanuel Ax. He has per­formed in Armenia, Bel­gium, Brazil, China, Eng­land, France, Ger­many, Greece, Guatem­ala, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Scot­land, Sweden, Switzer­land, the USA, and through­out Canada.

Lisiecki’s live per­form­ances of both Chopin piano con­cer­tos with Sin­fonia Var­so­via and Howard Shel­ley were released in 2010 by the Chopin Insti­tute in Warsaw. The record­ing received the Diapason Découverte award in May 2010; Diapason describes Jan as “an unmannered vir­tu­oso already with virile and, above all, irres­ist­ibly nat­ural play­ing.” The BBC Music Magazine com­men­ted that “even in a crowded CD cata­logue, this refresh­ingly unhyped debut release is one to celebrate.”

Jan’s per­form­ances have been broad­cast on CBC Canada, BBC Radio, Aus­trian Radio, French Radio, Ger­man Radio, Lux­em­bourg Radio, and Pol­ish Radio, as well as on French Tele­vi­sion 3 and on TV 1 and 2 in Poland.He was fea­tured in the CBC‘Next!’ series as one of the most prom­ising young artists in Canada, and in the 2009 CBC doc­u­ment­ary about his life: ‘The Reluct­ant Prodigy.’

Upon the school board’s recom­mend­a­tion Jan was accel­er­ated four grades and gradu­ated from high school in Janu­ary 2011. Since Septem­ber 2011 he has been study­ing for a Bach­elor of Music at the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto, Canada.”

…from the MCO website.


Pianist, Jan Lisiecki











Pianist, Jan Lisiecki





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