A Quebec Premiere
by Philip Glass
Friday July 19 | 8 pm
Widely regarded as one of the most influential composers of the past few decades, master minimalist Philip Glass remains as prolific as ever. His Third Piano Concerto, written for Simone Dinnerstein and premiered by her in 2017, will be heard for the first time in Quebec, performed by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.
MANITOBA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Anne MANSON, direction
Simone DINNERSTEIN, piano
Vivian FUNG Concerto for Two Violins and String Orchestra
Philip GLASS Piano Concerto No. 3
Antonín DVOŘÁK String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, “American”
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
The MCO is “Canada’s tiny, perfect chamber orchestra” (Toronto Star). It has toured widely, commissions often, embraces a diverse repertoire, and collaborates regularly with the world’s leading soloists, from Dame Evelyn Glennie to Measha Brueggergosman.
The orchestra, boasting a roster of some of the finest orchestral musicians in Canada, has been praised for its “satiny sound … dynamic subtlety, and an impeccable sense of ensemble” (Ottawa Citizen) and called “an excellent string ensemble conducted with crispness and verve by Anne Manson” (San Francisco Chronicle).
Established in 1972, the MCO presents nine concerts annually in Winnipeg, most of which feature guest soloists, and all of which present an accessible, eclectic repertoire ranging from the mega-hits of the common practice tradition to exciting new premieres. The rest of its programming energies are devoted to an extensive program of touring, recording, and outreach.
Notable among ongoing outreach initiatives is the ‘Fiddlers on the Loose’ ensemble, taking live music to remote parts of the province to work with and play for youth and families.
The MCO has recorded ten albums, two of which have earned JUNO nominations. Its 2013 recording of Philip Glass music has enjoyed international acclaim, and its 2018 release of Mirage? Concertos for Percussion with percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie enjoyed near unanimous critical praise. The MCO’s first international tour was of Italy in 1999. Since then, highlight tour appearances include performing with Isabel Bayrakdarian at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and a ten-concert Western Canada tour in 2009.
Conductor Anne Manson has served as Music Director of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra since 2008. Manson’s strong commitment to contemporary music has led to numerous commissions and recordings with the MCO. Among them are Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 3 and his third piano concerto, and the JUNO and Western Canadian Music award-nominated Troubadour & the Nightingale with soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian. Their latest release is Mirage? Concertos for Percussion, with GRAMMY-winning percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. Recent seasons with MCO have included the co-commission and Canadian premiere of Philip Glass’ Piano Concerto No. 3 performed by pianist Simone Dinnerstein, as well as presentations of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with soprano Measha Brueggergosman; solo recorder player Lucie Horsch; a duos and arias concert with sopranos Tracy Dahl and Andriana Chuchman; and Haydn, Oesterle, and Mozart with cellist Ariel Barnes.
As a guest orchestra conductor, and renowned conductor of opera, she has performed all over the world: the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Proms, New York City Opera, the Juilliard School and many others.
She received Canada’s DORA Award for outstanding musical direction for her work with the Canadian Opera Company on Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She was the first woman to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival in 1994 (Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov).
Simone Dinnerstein American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is known for her “majestic originality of vision” (The Independent) and her “lean, knowing and unpretentious elegance” (The New Yorker).
In 2017 Dinnerstein released the album Mozart in Havana, recorded in Cuba with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra. She went on to bring the orchestra to the United States for their first ever American tour. In the same year Dinnerstein premiered a piano concerto written for her by Philip Glass and co-commissioned by twelve orchestras. Since then she has performed the concerto with orchestras nationally and internationally, including MDR Leipzig and the London Symphony Orchestra. Her recording of it, Circles, was released in May and immediately hit No. 1 on the Classical Billboard chart.
Dinnerstein first attracted attention in 2007 with her self-produced recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. It was a remarkable success, reaching No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart, and established Dinnerstein’s distinctive and original approach. The New York Times called her “a unique voice in the forest of Bach interpretation.” Her career has since taken her around the world from Brazil to Japan and she has made a further eight albums with repertoire from Beethoven to Ravel.
Dinnerstein is committed to musical outreach. She plays concerts for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing classical music to non-traditional venues. Under their auspices she gave the first classical music performance in the Louisiana state prison system at the Avoyelles Correctional Center. She also runs her own concert series supporting music education in public schools.