2024-25 matinees

Afternoons with the MCO!

Our matinees are a great way to get students inspired, curious, and excited about music! Experience the incredible sounds of the orchestra joined by renowned Canadian and international guests. We can't wait to see you at the concerts and together explore unique ways of making, creating, connecting and responding to music. 

We have special ticket prices for school groups and homeschooling families!

  • Tickets are $10.00 (incl. GST) for students and chaperones, and bus subsidies are available. 

Sign up for an MCO matinee through the SCHOOL ORDER FORM

Announcing the MCO's 2024-25 season! 

We're thrilled that students will be able to experience matinees featuring saxophonist Allen Harrington and cellist-composer Cris Derksen.


THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2025 | 1:00-2:00pm | Crescent Arts Centre

Winnipegger Allen Harrington is one of Canada's finest wind players. He makes Sally Beamish's iconic saxophone concerto absolutely sing and the MCO explores composer Benjamin Britten's childhood influences.


THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2025 | 1:00-2:00pm | Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Gather and warm yourself by the fire. Through sublime music, spoken word, and the sounds of nature, the trailblazing cellist-composer immerses us in stories about humanity's connection to the earth. Derksen is a Juno-nominated Indigenous cellist originally from Treaty 8 Northern Alberta who “braids the traditional and contemporary, weaving her classical background and her Indigenous ancestry together with new school electronics to create genre-defying music.”

Bus Subsidies

Having trouble meeting concert costs? Ask us about our ticket and bus subsidies. For more information, please contact Suzu Enns, Director of Education and Community Engagement at senns@themco.ca or 204-783-7377

Learning Resources, Workshops and more!

A variety of learning resources will be available to help prepare students and teachers for the
concert-going experience and serve as a springboard for further exploration! The general-use
resources connect to the Manitoba Music Curriculum and provide flexibility for teachers,
parents, caregivers, students, and other users.
Your classroom may also be eligible for a complimentary in-school workshop.
Limited availability — sign up early to take advantage of this opportunity!

Not sure if our matinees are the right fit for your students? Would you like to chat about some of the curricular connections and what to expect at an MCO matinee? Contact us!