Ehnes dazzles doing double duty
Brandon violin virtuoso shows off conductor chops
Manitoba’s own golden boy of music made magic again when the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra kicked off its 2016-17 season Tuesday.
The program featured spectacular Brandon-born violin virtuoso James Ehnes performing as both soloist and conductor, attesting not only to his versatility, but also sheer stamina and larger-than-life capacity to do so many things at once — and well.
No stranger to local audiences, Ehnes last appeared on the MCO stage as recently as May when he stopped here with pianist Andrew Armstrong as part of his still ongoing Canadian recital tour celebrating his 40th birthday. Every concert that features the award-winning artist feels like a homecoming, with his rapt listeners welcoming him to the stage with loud cheers and foot stomps as though a red-hot rock star.