Desiree Abbey is among the most constant virtuosos on the MCO’s stage

Warm and brilliant, Desiree Abbey has regularly appeared as our principal cellist for many years. She holds a Master of Music from the New School and has performed at Carnegie Hall, toured Europe, and appeared as a soloist across North America. Yowza. 

It’s in that role that the indispensable Desi appears at this concert with Jean-Marie Zeitouni, one of Canada’s brightest conducting talents. Desi will premiere a cello concerto written just for her by the outstanding Jamaican-Canadian composer Ted Runcie

Born in Mandeville, Jamaica, Runcie spent his early years between his grandparents’ home in Aberdeen, St. Elizabeth and his parents’ home in Kingston. During the turmoil of the 1970s, when he was just seven years old, the Runcie family moved to Toronto, Canada where he studied tuba, violin, voice and piano. An accomplished conductor, he's written an eclectic growing body of music too. 

We know you'll be just as thrilled to hear this new work of his.  


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At this concert we play Schubert's final — and arguably best — work, the Quintet in C Major. That Schubert died at just 31, before he was even able to enjoy a public performance of the quintet, gives the work a certain sadness. But it’s not enough to overshadow the joy radiating from its every fibre. 

The Quintet in C Major is rightfully thought of as one of chamber music’s greatest works. Desi and the band’s incredible performance will show you why.

7.30pm, Wednesday, 17 April 2024
CA$37.00

The concert begins at 7.30pm on Wednesday, April 17th, in Crescent Arts Centre, 525 Wardlaw Avenue. Casual tickets will be available 7 July 2023 here and on MCO’s Ticketline at 204-783-7377.

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Anne Manson, Music Director
Karl Stobbe, Concertmaster
Crescent Arts Centre, 525 Wardlaw Avenue
7.30pm, Wednesday, 17 April 2024

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor 
Desiree Abbey, cello

Pēteris Vasks
Viatore

Ted Runcie
Concertino

Commissioned by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra; world premiere performance.

Franz Schubert
String quintet in C major, d 956
—arr. for string orchestra by Jean-Marie Zeitouni

Music Director Sponsors / Elaine and Neil Margolis

Guest Artist sponsors / Scott and Sonya Wright

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