The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra 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 â€˜the imaginative programming of contemporary Canadian music.â€™
Past music directors have also included Simon Streatfeild and Roy Goodman. In April 2007, Anu Tali was named music director of the orchestra, effective as of September 2007, 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. In November 2008, Anne Manson was named the music director and principal conductor of the orchestra, effective immediately with the 2008-2009 season.