Mennonite Community Orchestra

Mennonite Community Orchestra is the orchestra in residence at Canadian Mennonite University and consists of 55-60 dedicated musicians.

Mennonite Community Orchestra lives and plays on the edge (Classic 107)


Winnipeg, MB, April 28, 2022 – Violinist Will Harder, a student at Canadian Mennonite University, will tackle the first movement of the Paganini Violin Concerto in D Major together with the Mennonite Community Orchestra in a concert on May 15. Harder, in his first year at CMU, who studies violin with Gwen Hoebig, enjoys the challenge of the concerto, considered one of the most technically difficult in solo violin repertoire. Paganini, a 19th century composer, wrote violin pieces to showcase his own prodigious skills, pushing the existing violin technique to the edge and beyond.

“Living on the Edge”, the theme for the concert, characterizes not only the Paganini, but the two other pieces the orchestra will perform, all under the direction of Andrea Bell. Rossini’s Overture to La Gazza Ladra, or Thieving Magpie Overture, comes with a story of a precarious situation involved in its composition. Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 (Prague) features edgy writing for a certain group of instruments.

The concert will take place on Sunday, May 15 at 3 PM at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 560 Arlington St. Tickets, $20 for adults, $10 for Students/Unemployed and free for 12 and under, are available at the door or by contacting They are also available at CMU, where the Mennonite Community Orchestra serves as Orchestra in Residence. 


For further information contact

Bob Wiebe, President of MCO Board

204 837 3967

The MCO in concert at Jubilee Place.

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The MCO is the orchestra in residence at Canadian Mennonite University and consists of 55-60 dedicated musicians who perform two concerts per year

MCO conductor, Andrea Bell, conducting at rehearsal. Violins and cellos are pictured.

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