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“An Excellent Orchestra for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall | 555 Main St, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1C3, Canada (Downtown Winnipeg)
204 949 3999
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Ranked #11 of 163 things to do in Winnipeg
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Owner description: For 60 years the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has delighted audiences with its innovative programming and musical excellence. The WSO has become the celebrated hub of Winnipeg's rich cultural life and has gained international recognition for the International New Music Festival. Under the guidance of Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate the WSO's 2008-2009 concert performances feature world renowned guest conductors and artists, celebrates music from the great composers to the crowd-pleasing Pops. The WSO’s concert program runs September through May.
Winnipeg
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“An Excellent Orchestra for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

The WSO performed all the music accompaniment for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's presentation of The Nutcracker in December, 2012. They are second to none in skill and are brilliant musicians. Winnipeggers can be justifiably proud of having such a talented group of musicians.

Visited December 2012
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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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“great concert”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

While visiting Winnipeg for a wedding, we enjoyed a wonderful concert of classical music featuring a young female pianist at the Winnipeg concert hall downtown. It's a lovely big concert hall and, in warmer weather, would be within walking distance of the main downtown hotels.

Visited November 2012
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“scottish music - I don't think so”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

the opening premier of the selkirk symphony was very good but then it went down hilll from there. where was the scottish music?

Visited November 2012
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Kingston, Canada
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“A prairie cultural gem!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

The Winnipeg Symphony, now celebrating its 65th Season, is a true cultural gem. I was there for the opening weekend and found this orchestra in great form. They have some terrific new players (check out the principal oboe and the horn players) who featured in Strauss's Don Juan, and also in Beethoven's 7th Symphony, where the strings also really shone. Young Music Director Alexander Mickelthwaite has clearly rejuvenated this group of players, who play their hearts out for him. This is really still one of the top 6 orchestras in Canada!

I was also blown away by all the activity in the lobby before, during intermission and after. Executive Director Trudy Schroeder had all her staff out, raising money for the 65th anniversary, selling CD's (Glenn Gould's 1959 performance of the Brahms D Minor), raffling off a Yamaha piano, and women's guild selling lovely scarves etc. This is an orchestra in more than survival mode, they're figuring out what it takes to thrive in the 21st century.

My only complaint is the hall (no fault of the orchestra) - Centennial Concert Hall - I had great seats in the middle of the first level and the sound is so distant. It's a multi-purpose hall - good for opera, pops, non-classical amplified etc. But for classical music it could use some substantial acoustic improvements. Then the WSO would sound even better.

Still - don't miss a chance to hear this great orchestra. They have pride of place in the Canadian classical firmament...

Visited September 2012
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Neepawa, Canada
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“very professional”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

A very talented orchestra. The conductor is very energetic and this energy spreads to the orchestra and the audience!

Visited July 2012
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