Manitoba Chamber Orchestra

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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (MCO)
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra logo
Founded 1972
Location Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Principal conductor Anne Manson
Website Official MCO site

The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (MCO) is a chamber orchestra based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Founded in 1972 by Ruben Gurevich, the ensemble's first music director, the MCO presents nine concerts annually at Westminster United Church and tours in rural Manitoba, Canada and elsewhere.

The MCO premieres numerous new compositions each season. At the biennial meeting of the Association of Canadian Orchestras in 1990 the MCO was presented with a SOCAN Award of Merit for ‘the imaginative programming of contemporary Canadian music.’

Past music directors have also included Simon Streatfeild (1984–1991) and Roy Goodman (1999–2005). In April 2007, Anu Tali was named music director of the orchestra, effective as of September 2007,[1] but that November, the orchestra announced that it and Tali were unable to agree on contract terms, so that Tali never served in the post.[2] In November 2008, Anne Manson was named the music director and principal conductor of the orchestra, effective immediately with the 2008-2009 season.[3]

Music Directors[edit]

  • Ruben Gurevich (1972–1981)
  • Simon Streatfeild (1984–1991)
  • Roy Goodman (1999–2005)
  • Anne Manson (2008–present)


So much to tell
Roy Goodman, conductor
Measha Brueggergosman, soprano
CBC Records SMCD5234

Sea Sketches
Roy Goodman, conductor
CBC Records SMCD5227

Gerald Finzi: Meditation
Simon Streatfeild, conductor
Valdine Anderson, soprano
Russell Braun, baritone
James Campbell, clarinet
CBC Records SMCD5204

A Britten Serenade
Simon Streatfeild, conductor
Benjamin Butterfield, tenor
Henriette Schellenberg, soprano
James Sommerville, French horn
CBC Records SMCD5187

25th Anniversary Limited Edition Live Recording
Simon Streatfeild, conductor
Independent 1997

Canadian Music for Chamber Orchestra
Simon Streatfeild, conductor
David Stewart, violin
Vincent Ellin, bassoon
BIS Records CD698


  1. ^ "Manitoba Chamber Orchestra names female conductor". CBC Arts. 20 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  2. ^ Morley Walker (2007-11-12). "Chamber orchestra's new music director backs out". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  3. ^ "Manitoba Chamber Orchestra names Anne Manson music director". CBC Arts. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 

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