Wednesday, Apr 10, 2024 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, Apr 10, 2024 at 1pm
- Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
- Crescent Fort Rouge United Church
- 525 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Experience a musical wunderkind!
Like Mary Shelley or Clara Schumann, pianist Jeneba Kanneh-Mason comes from one of those fabled families of artistic super-whizzes. Her brother stunned an audience of two billion when he played at Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding. Her six siblings are all gifted classical musicians. The eldest six, including Jeneba, sailed through Britain’s Got Talent, making it to the semi-finals. It’s a totally wild bio, we know.
Not just an ensemble player, the increasingly distinguished 19-year-old soloist is already catching the attention of The Guardian, BBC Music Magazine, and Decca Classics for whom she recorded a recent, celebrated album.
Under the baton of brilliant Jeri Lynne Johnson (Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra) she performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major. We’ve all known someone to make the case: Mozart is simple, easy listening. All that rich ornamentation of V-I, some might say, is nothing more than decorative icing over a Marie Antoinette cake! If there were ever an example to shoot down the popular libel against Mozart, it’s Piano Concerto No. 23. The slow, minor-key second movement is gothic, almost tragic; classical era music at its most romantic — then, we’re off like a shot, with the iconic third movement. Its dizzyingly decorative patterns on the piano will be delivered by Jeneba with all the gusto they demand. Move over Mozart haters, and let us eat this decadent cake!