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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Spring Series | Lizzy Hoyt

March 2, 2023

$15 – $36

The MCO kicks off their 2023 spring series on March 2nd with a concert featuring extraordinary mezzo-soprano and Celtic songwriter Lizzy Hoyt and composer Kevin Lau. Now in our 50th anniversary season, the MCO presents six in-person concerts this spring at Crescent Arts Centre / Crescent Fort Rouge, save one at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (22 March). For more info about MCO’s Spring Series, which also features the likes of Tracy Dahl, Andriana Chuchman, Cris Derksen and others, visit or get in touch with us!

Back to our 2 March concert: Lizzy Hoyt is a powerhouse in the Canadian folk and classical worlds alike. On an operatic performance, Opera Canada writes, “Her deeply felt performance infused the entire production with aching humanity,” while Bluegrass Unlimited gushes about her “sweet and angelic” and “mournful” delivery in her folk performances. At this concert, Hoyt performs a new work by our composer-in-residence Kevin Lau, one of Canada’s brightest young composers.

Like Lizzy, Kevin is an artist for whom the boundary between popular and concert music is more often something to be stepped over than observed. It sounds as though Kevin may be composing a work for this concert that allows Lizzy to shine as both folk and operatic singer. No matter what path this collaboration takes, we know the destination will be a spectacular, vital new Canadian work.

In that connection, this concert also features reprise performances of works proudly commissioned by the MCO: Jeffrey Ryan’s gorgeous ‘Earthshine’ (2017) and Karen Sunabacka’s poignant ‘Never to Return’ (2013). We’ve premiered some excellent pieces over the years, if we may say so, and with works this strong, a second, third, or tenth performance still feels like a true event. An inspiring start to our 2023 Spring Series.

The concert begins at 7.30 pm on Thursday, March 2nd, in Crescent Arts Centre / Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, 525 Wardlaw Avenue.
There will be no intermission for this concert. Casual tickets are $36 for adults, $34 for seniors, and $15 under-30, and are available at the door, online at and on MCO’s Ticketline at 204-783-7377.


March 2, 2023
$15 – $36
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