The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
The legacy of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is integral to Winnipeg’s rich cultural life. Entering its 64th year for the 2011-2012 season, the symphony performs more than 80 concerts for approximately 100,000 people each year and offers a wide range of musical experiences ranging from great art of the master composers, to Pops, Family Concerts, educational performances, and other special concerts.

The orchestra has performed hundreds of world and Canadian premieres and has embraced the concept of playing music by living composers while they host the internationally recognized New Music Festival, held each February.

The WSO continues to provide the musical foundation for other arts groups in the province such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Opera and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. In addition to performing in Brandon on a regular basis, the orchestra tours rural Manitoba annually during the holiday season in the Holiday Express Tour, visiting areas like Virden, Portage la Prairie, Neepawa, Morden and Winkler.

The WSO believes in the importance of providing education and outreach programs to all Manitobans. From nursery school through university, our education programs reach more than 25,000 students annually. Striving to promote symphonic music, the WSO also partners with local organizations and develops community initiatives.

March 2011

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