Manitoba Chamber Orchestra: Marc- Andre Hamelin

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May 23, 2023

AN MCO CONCERT WITH PIANIST MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN is unlike any other. Before the show, the anticipation that builds until Hamelin appears is electric. He mounts the stage and is welcomed rock star style. Then, the real excitement begins.

Hamelin began to play the piano at the age of five, and by the age of nine had already won top prize in the Canadian Music Competition. Today, he’s touted as one of the world’s greatest living pianists. In the words of famous music critic Alex Ross, his hands are “among the wonders of the musical world” (The New Yorker). To our great fortune, he’s been playing with the MCO regularly since 1991 — with a pause of four years since his last performance which we know has left audiences impatient for his smashing return. At this concert the master performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9. Alfred Brendel has called it “one of the greatest wonders of the world,” while Alfred Einstein hailed it as “Mozart’s Eroica.”

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