The WSO is a professional orchestral organization that is located in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It was established in the year 1947 in order to provide the Winnipeg community with a professional orchestra. Before WSO’s establishment, Winnipeg had several amateur and semi-formal orchestras that were founded in 1880. Some of these orchestras included the Winnipeg Choral and Orchestral Society, the Winnipeg Orchestral Society, the Summer Symphony Orchestra, a Women’s Musical Club and a Men’s Musical Club and the Philharmonic Choir.
The ground works of the WSO started back in 1944 when the Winnipeg Civic Music League was founded. This semi-formal league consisted of twenty musicians and singers from the pre-existing organizations. It was then in the year 1947 that a joint stock company was established from the league and hence the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra came into existence. The debut performance was held at the Civic Auditorium of Winnipeg. This performance was attended by a thousand audience members and was conducted by the music maestro Walter Kaufmann. Expansion was brought forward by CBC in the year 1954 when it decided to broadcast portions of the orchestra’s performances.
Further changes were brought forward in the year 1958 when Walter Kaufmann was succeeded by Victor Feldbrill, a Canadian conductor. He decided to move the orchestra’s home from the Civic Auditorium to the Centennial Concert Hall located in Manitoba. This concert hall is a small portion of the Canadian Centennial Project. Providing space for over twenty five hundred spectators, the concert hall was founded in the year 1968. Costing a whopping eight million dollars, the Centennial Concert Hall is not only home to the WSO but also to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Manitoba Opera. The concert hall is a multi-purpose complex that is known to hold musicals, plays, theatricals, concerts, dance performances and variety shows.
In the same year that the WSO moved to its new concert hall, Victor Feldbrill decided to work on some new projects and left. He was replaced by George Cleve who became WSO’s third music director. He worked with the orchestra till 1971 after which Piero Gamba was appointed the new director. In the next few years, the WSO faced several financial difficulties and a new board of directors was established in 1981. The WSO picked up its pace in the year 1983 when Kazuhiro Koizumi, a Japanese composer became a part of the WSO. He was the orchestra’s first permanent conductor who stayed and conducted the orchestra’s performances for six years.
With increase in performances, the subscriber base of the orchestra reached ten thousand. The coming years turned out to be promising for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as recordings began and the WSO started releasing its audio CDs. The debut album that was released came out in the year 1993 and was named “Mozartiana”. Their sophomore album was then released in 1998 called “Music for Violin and Orchestra”. Three more albums followed it, these were; “Lark Ascending” and “Songs of Paradise” that also came out in 1998 and “Winter Poems” released in 1999. All of these albums came out under the directive expertise of Bramwell Tovey, who joined the organization in 1989 and worked with it till the year 2001.
The current music director who will be overseeing the upcoming performance of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is Alexander Mickelthwate. He has been working with the WSO since the year 2006. So buy your Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra tickets without any further delay to become a part of the show.
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra mesmerizes more than hundred thousand fans every year with its innovative and spellbinding performances. Between 1880 and 1947, there existed a number of orchestras in Winnipeg including Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Summer Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Choral and Orchestral Society and Winnipeg Orchestral Society.
In 1944, Winnipeg Civic Music League consisting of twenty members was formed that established Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1947 which was headquartered in Manitoba. The WSO headlined its first concert in the Civic Auditorium in December, 1948. Walter Kaufmann served as the first music director of the symphony from 1948 to 1958. Today, the symphony performs at several venues within the province of Manitoba but its major venue is Centennial Concert Hall which has the capacity to seat nearly twenty three hundred people.
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra offers a wide variety of programs and concerts that fit the tastes and preferences of audiences hailing from different cultural backgrounds. The symphony has headlined performances at several destinations around the globe which have been received quite enthusiastically by the theater lovers. It showcases the rich cultural life of Winnipeg through its eighty annual concerts which are absolutely pleasing to mind and heart. The recitals range from the brilliant family concerts to the great art and education performances which provide an unmatched music experience to the attendees. Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra also understands the importance of providing education and outreach programs to the students of rural Manitoba. The symphony provides a good musical platform to the art groups of Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Manitoba Opera and approximately twenty five thousand students have access to these programs every year.
People who have especially watched the show featuring the two wonderful artists, Michael Burgess and Rebecca Caine call it a performance which is more than just a magical experience. The house is filled with ecstasy when they sing the songs from Phantom, Les Miserable and West Side Story. Moreover, the performance of the talented players in Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and also in Strauss’s Don Juan makes the orchestra a real cultural gem. The lighting, stage, sets, costumes and actors are all perfect to make up for an excellent performance. The music director Alexander Mickelthwaite has injected some new energy into this group of musicians and it is for this reason that the symphony stands as one of the top six orchestras of Canada.
If you want to unwind yourself, you can spend a relaxing evening at the big Winnipeg concert hall where a young female pianist plays classical music to entertain the attendees. The WSO offers special pricing deals to people less than thirty years of age. It offers flexible user-friendly options to the theater lovers where they can switch from one concert night to another without any hindrance. All in all, the performance of this world class orchestra is absolutely breathtaking which sends the audience to the heavenly world.
The Canadian symphony also holds the interesting and informative pre-show talk which establishes a mutual bond between the audience and the performers. If you have had a fantastic time at the symphony during your first visit, you would surely want to experience it again. The music is amazing, the choir is incredible and the pre-concert event is wonderful. In short, the show is worth each penny; you do not need to give in a second thought before getting your hands on Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra tickets. What more could you ask for in an orchestra that keeps your senses engaged from beginning till the end of the show. So, do not miss an opportunity to watch this orchestra and pick your Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra tickets as soon as you can.