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Conductor Anne Manson hosts This Is My Music

Cathy Irving

Since 2008, conductor Anne Manson has led the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and has brought them fresh energy and exciting recording projects. A prime example is their 2013 release Troubadour and the Nightingale, featuring soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian.

Manson grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts playing piano and viola but decided on pre-med studies at Harvard University. Later though, she won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London, England. It was there where she fell in love with conducting, opera and new music. Manson combines those loves when she premieres new operas alongside more standard fare. She earned a Dora Award for her work on the Canadian Opera Company's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten.

Manson was fortunate to include the great Italian conductor, Claudio Abbado amongst her mentors. He helped her become the first woman to conduct at the prestigious Salzburg Festival in Austria. She also has the distinction of being Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony for four years -- only the third woman to be Music Director of a leading American orchestra.

When she's not in Winnipeg working with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Manson lives in Washington, D.C. with her family. On this episode of This Is My Music, Manson shares her favourite selections. 

This Is My Music is heard every Saturday on Radio 2 at 10:00 am ET.

Conductor Anne Manson hosts This Is My Music

Anne Manson shares her favourite music on This Is My Music