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Enjoy a magical season of music with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra!

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               James Ehnes Leslie Suganandarajah
 
Manitoba’s own James Ehnes plays both the
violin and the viola on opening night!
Guest conductor Leslie Suganandarajah was a protégé
of WSO Music Director Daniel Raiskin
     Gwen Hoebig Capathia Jenkins
    
Concertmaster Gwen Hoebig is joined by her family
for two very special concerts
Brooklyn-born and raised singer/actor Capathia Jenkins sings the songs of Aretha Franklin
    Musica Singers
 
The WSO’s Prairies Christmas Celebration features Musica Singers! Photo: Rollan Temporosa Photography
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The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2024/25 season. With plenty of classics, more matinées, exciting live concerts, lots of movies, concerts for kids, fantastic guest artists and collaborations with communities, there really is something for everyone at the WSO.

“The 2024/25 season marks my seventh year as music director of the WSO, and I have high expectations for this ‘lucky number’ season!” says Daniel Raiskin, WSO Music Director. “I’m thrilled about the astounding array of world-class artists who will join and inspire our orchestra and audiences.”

Music lovers are encouraged to visit the WSO website (wso.ca) or call the box office at 204-949-3999 to subscribe to their favourite series before May 31 for the best savings and priority seating. Subscribing to the WSO newsletter will ensure fans looking for single tickets will be first to find out when they go on sale.

The five concert Saturday Classics series features masterworks and renowned guest soloists. The season opens with Manitoba’s own James Ehnes playing the violin and the viola. Young Canadian cellist Bryan Cheng returns to wow the WSO audience. The final Saturday Classics concert celebrates concertmaster Gwen Hoebig.

The five concerts in the popular Thursday Classics series offer diverse programming, shorter concerts, pre-concert performances by musicians in the making, and post-concert Q&A lounges.

Chopin Piano Competition-winning Canadian Charles Richard-Hamelin joins the WSO to play Chopin, of course. Canadian guest conductor Tania Miller is joined by former WSO principal tuba player Chris Lee for Winton Marsalis’ tuba concerto. This series ends with guest conductor Leslie Suganandarajah leading the WSO for Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony. Guest conductor Leslie Suganandarajah was a protégé of WSO Music Director Daniel Raiskin

The UnTuxed series offers matinée performances of select works from each Thursday Classics concert, with informative and interactive discussions of those works from the stage.

New this season is a much-requested classical matinée series. The Shirley Loewen Sunday Classics offer a second chance to experience some of the season’s beloved Classics concerts.

And, by popular demand, the WSO continues its traditional holiday presentation of Handel’s Messiah, this season offering three performances at the magnificent Knox United Church.

The 2024/25 season’s Manitoba Liquor Marts Live at the WSO concerts offer distinctive and vibrant experiences with a unique blend of fashion and virtuoso violin with Thorgy Thor, soulful melodies of Aretha Franklin performed by soloists Capathia Jenkins, and the iconic music of Queen performed by Finnish sensation Rajaton.”

The exciting BMO Night at the Movies with the WSO series features a blockbuster roster of iconic films on the big screen while the WSO plays the score – live! This year’s movies include Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the 1925 silent movie version of The Phantom of the Opera, The Princess Bride, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

The Manitoba Liquor Marts Live at the WSO Matinées series offers another new afternoon concert experience. These concerts are presented in pops format, showcasing the talented WSO and local artists like the Musica Singers. Concert-goers can reminisce about 70 years of WSO Pops, celebrate A Prairie Christmas, and explore Orchestral Music Through the Ages.