As you’d expect, the season opens on a high note, with Itzak Perlman, and is still there for family fun, The Tenors and ABBA.
As you may have heard, next year we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the WSO. For 70 years, you have been our partners. Thank you!
The journey started in 1948 when Walter Kaufmann launched the first regular season of the WSO at the Winnipeg Auditorium. The years that followed were filled with one high note after another. Two tours to Carnegie Hall, international guests including Pierre Monteux, John Barbirolli, Leon Fleisher and Jacqueline du Pré, the move to the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall, and the launch of the Winnipeg New Music Festival. Continue reading WSO marks a splendor-filled 70 years→
As spring hemmed and hawed in deciding whether it would actually burst upon us this year, the orchestra and I took the occasion to get out of the concert hall and into a number of schools around the city. The response, as always, was amazing. Five-hundred high-school students sitting in rapt attention as the shimmering colour of Debussy’s L’après-midi d’un faune wafts through a gymnasium is something to behold. Continue reading Making music with the next generation→
The tuning stops. A hush falls over the Concert Hall. Alexander Mickelthwate strides onto the stage and takes his place on the podium to enthusiastic applause, warmed by fondness.
It has been 10 years, but Winnipeg audiences still love to see their maestro rising to the balls of his feet, his arms raised to signal the music to begin. They relate to his warmth, his honesty and his sincere humour. What you see is what you get, and they recognize it. There is no pretention to this man, no hint of the phony or the stuffed shirt. He is just Alexander, embracing the music and sharing it with you in the same spirit of generosity that he does everything. Continue reading Alexander Mickelthwate celebrates his 10th year at the helm of the WSO→
Visits by legendary new music performers ‘a real coup’ for Winnipeg.
Dear Lifestyles readers,
It is so nice to write to you again. As you might know, my family and I have been here now for eight years and are very proud to call ourselves Winnipeggers. My kids are big hockey enthusiasts and when I am not in the concert hall I find myself outside shivering at skating practice! Continue reading A trendsetting year for the NMF→