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

Beaming with rare talent and a warm presence Desiree Abbey has regularly appeared as our principal cellist for many years. Despite her approachability, she’s a player with an impressive pedigree: she holds a Master of Music from the New School, has performed at Carnegie Hall, toured Europe, and appeared as a soloist across North America. 

It’s in that role that the indispensable Desi appears at this concert under the baton of  Jean-Marie Zeitouni  one of Canada’s brightest conducting talents. Desi will premiere a cello concerto written for her by the Jamaican Canadian composer Ted Runcie. The impressive McGill grad has a growing, eclectic body of work.

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It’s about time we perform Schubert again! At this concert we play his 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 unintended melancholy. But it’s not enough to overshadow the joy radiating from almost any fibre of this work. 

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

7.30pm, Wednesday, 27 April 2024

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

Ted Runcie

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

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