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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra musicians will grace Letkemann Theatre stage May 1, city says

First city-sponsored concert featuring out-of-town performers since the pandemic began will feature compositions by Vivaldi, Haydn and orchestra composer-in-residence Kevin Lau, as well as a traditional fiddle medley.
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The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, seen here during a performance in Thompson in 2011, will return to the Letkemann Theatre stage May 1.

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra musicians will be performing in Thompson May 1.

The concert, sponsored by the City of Thompson and other organizations, will take place at R.D. Parker Collegiate’s Letkemann Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Featured performers will include Pamela Fay and Desiree Abbey as well as oboist Caitlin Broms-Jacobs, with Ann Manson conducting.

The ensemble will perform Antonio Vivaldii’s double concerto for viola and cello ins G minor, as well as Joseph Haydn’s Symphony 52. The centrepiece of the concert, which will close with a traditional fiddle medley, is Prayer in a  Green Cathedral, a 30-minute piece written by MCO composer-in-residence Kevin Lau specifically for Broms-Jacobs, who will be performing the piece in its entirety.

The orchestra has come to Thompson before, sending six members up in 2011 for a concert that was attended by fewer than 30 people. Two years before that, more than 300 people attended a performance by the orchestra and Thompson resident and Spanish soprano Maria-Luz Alvarez.

The city says tickets for the concert arrived April 8 and can be purchased at the Thompson Regional Community Centre for $20 each plus tax.