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Winnipeg Symphony Celebrates Fifth Consecutive Operating Surplus

Winnipeg Symphony Celebrates Fifth Consecutive Operating Surplus

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra held its annual general meeting for the 2011-12 season in mid-July – and the organization presented a good-news story for the fifth straight year, announcing an operating surplus of just over $22,000 for the 2011-2012 season.

As Executive Director Trudy Schroeder reported, “achieving our fifth consecutive operating surplus and eliminating the accumulated deficit are major accomplishments for the WSO, but the real cause for celebration is that this has come about through collective effort, increased attendance, excellent new programs, and artistically excellent performances to serve our community and draw people together.”

The meeting also marked a change of command at the board, with Timothy Burt succeeding Dorothy Dobbie as WSO Board Chair, after a five year term.

Highlights of the year included: an extension to music director Alexander Mickelthwate’s contract for another four years; the launch of Sistema Winnipeg, in partnership with the Seven Oaks School Division; the highest paid attendance since 1999 at the WSO’s New Music Festival; the world premiere of a new concerto for cello and orchestra by the WSO’s composer in residence, Vincent Ho; a four-day Indigenous Festival in October featuring Silvestre Revueltas‘s La noche de los Mayas with special choreography by Odette Heyn-Penner and Pedro Aurelio; and the welcome news that the orchestra has been selected to take part in the 2014 Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall. For more, you can view the orchestra’s annual report here.

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Dreaming of Carnegie

Dreaming of Carnegie

This weekend, May 4 and 5, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra gives its hometown audiences an opportunity to hear the program that the orchestra (led by music director Bill Eddins, and featuring soloists Jens Lindemann, trumpet; Angela Cheng, piano; Juliette Kang, violin; and Denise Djokic, cello) will perform as part of this year’s Spring for Music Festival at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, May 8. The ESO is one of only 6 North American orchestras to be invited to take part in the festival – due in large part to its intriguing programming – and is this year’s sole Canadian contender.

The program includes three ESO-commissioned works, along with Bohuslav Martinů’s First Symphony. The ESO commissions are John Estacio‘s Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello (written for the ESO’s inaugural performance at the Winspear Centre in 1997), Allan Gilliland‘s Dreaming of the Masters III, and a brand new work by current ESO Composer in Residence, Robert Rival, entitled Lullaby. For more information about the ESO at S4M, please visit springformusic.com.

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Practise, Practise, Practise

Practise, Practise, Practise

Last week, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra learned that it had been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, as one of six North American orchestras performing at the 2014 Spring for Music Festival. The WSO will give its first performance in Carnegie Hall since 1979 on May 8, 2014.

S4M began in 2011, and is designed as a celebration of the quality and creativity of North American orchestras. Orchestras are invited to participate on the basis of the imagination and boldness of their proposed programs, as judged by an expert panel of evaluators. The Orchestre symphonique de Montreal closed out the 2011 festival, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will be featured in 2012.

The WSO will perform three works that have also been featured at its annual New Music Festival: Derek Charke’s 13 Inuit Throat Song Games featuring throat singer Tanya Tagaq, WSO Composer-in-Residence Vincent Ho’s The Shaman: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie as well as R. Murray Schafer’s Symphony No. 1. And, of course, WSO music director Alexander Mickelthwate will conduct.

For more information, please visit springformusic.com.

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The Evolution of the Symphony

The Evolution of the Symphony

May 10 and 11 in Montreal and May 14 at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, music director Kent Nagano and pianist Angela Hewitt present an intriguing program exploring the evolution of the symphonic form.

The program ranges from antiphonal works for brass by Giovanni Gabrieli through Bach, Webern, Beethoven and Stravinsky, and “showcases the different faces that the symphony has assumed over the past four centuries,” culminating in Beethoven’s Symphony #5. The New York performance concludes the innovative (and first-ever) Spring for Music Festival, an event that celebrates creative programming by an eclectic array of outstanding North American orchestras.

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