Timothy Chooi brings down the house every time he performs with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra

THE YOUNG, JET-SETTING VIOLINIST's BIO INCLUDES phrases like “compelling stage presence” and “sumptuous sonorities.” These are modest ways of communicating Timothy Chooi’s Jimi Hendrix-like ability to totally shred on his strings. Combine this strength with Timothy’s sensitivity and subtlety as an interpreter, and we have one of Canada’s greatest soloists in the making. 

La Presse’s summary of Chooi gets right to the point: “the miracle.”  

On top of megahits by Tchaikovsky and Dvořák, Timothy plays romantic-flavoured treats by Kreisler and Sarasate. Kreisler is famous for writing work in the style of Vivaldi and other old greats. Mischievously, he sometimes even tricked people into thinking his work was theirs! Kreisler applies these copycat powers to their fullest in Tambourin Chinois (1910). With a pinch of world music, and a heavy helping of European styles, this free-form fantasy is, above all, a jaw-dropping showpiece for virtuosos. Obviously, Tim will more than rise to the occasion.

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Also on the menu is Giovanni Sollima’s Viaggio in Italia (Journey in Italy). Sollima is probably  best known for his Daydream music video, which has racked up millions of online streams.  This composer is a populist in the best sense, and his genius gifts for melody make Viaggio in Italia irresistible.  Lucky for us that our Music Director Anne Manson, based in London, is in town  to conduct this rousing concert. We can’t wait. 

The concert begins at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 4th, 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, 4 October 2023

Anne Manson, conductor
Timothy Chooi, violin

Luigi Boccherini
String Quintet No. 60 in C Major (G 324), ‘La Musica della strade di Madrid’

Antonín Dvořák
Romance in F Minor, Op. 11
—arr. for solo violin and full strings 

Giovanni Sollima
Viaggio in Italia – 1 Federico II

Pablo de Sarasate
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
—arr. for solo violin and full strings by Peter von Weinhardt

Peter Il’yich Tchaikovsky
Sérénade mélancolique, Op. 26
—arr. for solo violin and full strings by Ignacio Massun

Fritz Kreisler
Tambourin chinois, Op. 3
—arr. for solo violin and full strings by Seva Youdenitch

Timothy Chooi is represented by Colbert Artists Management, Inc.

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