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Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

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The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra WSO is a Canadian orchestra based in Winnipeg, Manitoba Its primary concert venue is the Centennial Concert Hall, and the orchestra also performs throughout the province of Manitoba The WSO gives an average of 80 concerts per year The WSO also provides orchestral accompaniment to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Manitoba Opera The orchestra's current executive director is Trudy Schroeder, since July 2008

Established in 1947, the WSO played its first concert on December 16, 1948 in the Civic Auditorium Walter Kaufmann was the WSO's first music director, from 1948 to 1958 Victor Feldbrill, the WSO's only Canadian Music Director to date, succeeded Kaufmann in 1958 The WSO initially performed out of the Civic Auditorium until April 1968, when the WSO moved to its present home in the 2,300-seat Centennial Concert Hall In 1992, then-Music Director Bramwell Tovey and the WSO's Composer-in-Residence Glenn Buhr, along with others, created the WSO's New Music Festival In the 2011-2012 season, the WSO began the 'Sistema Winnipeg' programme, modelled after Venezuela's El Sistema, to provide music education to disadvantaged children in Winnipeg

Andrey Boreyko was the WSO's music director from 2001 to 2006 During his tenure, the musicians experienced a labour lockout in December 2001, and the mass resignation of the orchestra's board in the winter of 2003 The musicians took a 20% pay cut and Boreyko donated a portion of his salary to the orchestra during the financially troubled 2002-2003 season The orchestra musicians took an additional pay cut for the 2003-2004 season The orchestra retired its accumulated debt in September 2005 In his final season as music director, Boreyko led 6 weeks of concerts, in contrast to 12 the season before Overall, Boreyko received praise for his musicianship, but also criticism for a lack of community outreach, and not fulfilling an intention to establish residency in Winnipeg

In February 2006, Alexander Mickelthwate was named the WSO's eighth music director He took up the post in September 2006, with an initial contract of 3 years In December 2008, Mickelthwate extended his contract with the orchestra through the 2012 season His Winnipeg contract has since been further extended through the 2015-2016 season In May 2017, the orchestra announced that Mickelthwate is to conclude his music directorship of the orchestra after the close of the 2017-2018 season


  • 1 Discography
  • 2 Music directors
  • 3 References
  • 4 Sources
  • 5 External links


  • The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra 1977
  • Kunzel on Broadway 1985
  • Songs of paradise / Chants du paradis 1988
  • Mozartiana 1993
  • Collage 1994
  • Music for Violin and Orchestra 1998
  • Lark Ascending 1998
  • Songs of Paradise 1998
  • Winter Poems 1999
  • Symphony no 9 2006
  • I believe: a Holocaust Oratorio for Today 2009

Music directors

  • Walter Kaufmann 1948–1958
  • Victor Feldbrill 1958–1968
  • George Cleve 1968–1970
  • Piero Gamba 1971–1980
  • Kazuhiro Koizumi 1983–1988
  • Bramwell Tovey 1989–2001
  • Andrey Boreyko 2001–2006
  • Alexander Mickelthwate 2006–present


  1. ^ Morley Walker 2008-04-25 "Schroeder confirmed as WSO director" Winnipeg Free Press Retrieved 2009-02-21 
  2. ^ a b "WSO in the black for fifth year in a row" Winnipeg Free Press 2012-07-14 Retrieved 2012-07-15 
  3. ^ Morley Walker 2003-05-13 "Crowd-pleasers key to saving WSO" Winnipeg Free Press Retrieved 2009-02-21 
  4. ^ Morley Walker 2003-05-22 "Leaving WSO 'out of the question,' Boreyko says" Winnipeg Free Press Retrieved 2009-02-21 
  5. ^ Morley Walker 2003-06-27 "WSO awaits business plan" Winnipeg Free Press Retrieved 2009-02-21 
  6. ^ Morley Walker 2003-09-18 "Musicians forced to take a cut in pay" Winnipeg Free Press Retrieved 2009-02-21 
  7. ^ Morley Walker 2005-09-15 "Back-breaking deficit is officially retired" Winnipeg Free Press Retrieved 2009-02-21 
  8. ^ Morley Walker 2006-05-11 "Can we afford another saviour in a tux" Winnipeg Free Press Retrieved 2009-02-21 
  9. ^ Morley Walker 2007-09-08 "WSO music director will rest his baton in Osborne Village" Winnipeg Free Press Retrieved 2009-02-21 
  10. ^ Morley Walker 2006-02-02 "Winnipeg 'lucky to have' new man with baton" Winnipeg Free Press Retrieved 2009-02-21 
  11. ^ Morley Walker 2006-09-02 "New WSO music director ready to pick up baton" Winnipeg Free Press Retrieved 2009-02-21 
  12. ^ Morley Walker 2009-01-17 "You wanna be a conductor Learn how to act the part" Winnipeg Free Press Retrieved 2009-02-21 
  13. ^ Gordon Sinclair Jr 2017-05-24 "A bittersweet note" Winnipeg Free Press Retrieved 2017-05-25 


  • Anderson, Don 2007 Tuning the forks : a celebration of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Donald Anderson ISBN 978-0-9782571-0-1 
  • Henighan, Tom 2000 The Maclean's Companion to Canadian Arts and Culture Raincoast Books ISBN 1-55192-298-3 

External links

  • Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra official website
  • WSO history from WSO homepage
  • WSO New Music Festival website
  • WSO recordings available at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Music Library, University of Manitoba Libraries

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