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“Consistently excellent” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Ranked #27 of 181 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Consistently excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2013

The Steve Bell concert was amazing, again better than expected. Natalie McMaster was also an amazing performance. Well done WSO, world class entertainment,

Visited December 2013
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“How lucky to live in a city with a world class orchestra!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

My husband and I have been subscribers forever, and we grow more fond of the WSO with each concert we attend. They are sublime! They make us believe the quote that "music soothes the savage soul" each time we go. We love the classical works best, but we also attend concerts in the New Music and Pops series. Our design-your-own subscription allows us to pick from all of the series and as many as we want. We usually attend 6 or 8 a year. The only time I have ever been disappointed was long ago when, on a Friday night, I expected to hear the full performance of one of my favourite symphonies of all time, Brahms Fourth. However, on that evening, they played only one movement. Horrors! I could not believe it! I went to the box office at intermission to relay my dismay. The lady I spoke with was more than sympathetic. She invited my husband and me back for the next evening, when they would perform the entire symphony, and gave us the tickets at no cost. We went, and enjoyed the sublime music as it drifted up to us in our favourite top balcony seats. The WSO is something we look forward to every year. It helps us get through our long Manitoba winters, and it reminds us that humanity is good. Thank you WSO!

Visited October 2013
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“First Class Symphony Orchestra”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is considered one of the tops in Canada. It has a very eclectic repetoir from major classic works with artists from all major centres to pops and contemporary. Its annual festival of new music is the largest in Canada bringing in talented composers and musicians from all over the globe to present new works. The 2200 seat Centennial Concert Hall is ideal for large and small production with its excellent accoustics and site lines. If you are a fan of the arts, this a good place to start.

Visited December 2012
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“This is what perfection sounds like”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

We love you and will support you always. My wife and I love music and we have always left your concerts with a song in our hearts. You make us proud to say we're from Winnipeg.

Visited July 2013
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“A very modern orchestra”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

I've been to the WSO a number of times, and I'm often impressed with the variety they offer and the ways they try to bring a modern twist and a modern audience to the performances. Their work with the New Music Festival and their performances with local bands, as well as their ticket options for students and young adults, keep them relevant and accessible to younger audiences.

I'm not always impressed with the overall quality of their performances when I've gone to a regular performance - they don't seem to be incredibly consistent - but they've got some great talent and do great work, especially for a city the size of Winnipeg.

Visited March 2013
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