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This is our final Overture magazine for the 2011-12 Season. It has been a wonderful season, and there are still many wonderful concerts in this last segment of the year for your listening enjoyment. We hope that you will enjoy looking through the 2012-13 Season Guide to select your concerts for the coming year. Until May 15, you can purchase subscriptions for the 2012-13 Season at the Early Bird discount price. We want to let you know about our WSO Summer Season so that you don’t have to wait until September 21 to hear the orchestra perform. There are a number of great ways to hear the musicians of the WSO over the summer: • June 19, the WSO will present a special Summer Season Launch concert at the Concert Hall with a program of light classics and favourite tunes. The concert starts at 7:30 pm, and tickets are just $10 a person; • June 23 gives you the opportunity to explore 12 beautiful gardens in Winnipeg with the WSO Garden Tour. Tickets are available through the box office; • June 24, the WSO returns to the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park; • June 27 is the night for the WSO Garden Gala which features three extraordinary gardens, WSO musicians performing in each garden, and a celebratory progressive dinner that features one course in each garden. This is an event you will not want to miss. Tickets for this event are a wonderful Mother’s Day gift; • June 29, the WSO will perform a popular evening concert at the new lake-front stage venue in Kenora; • June 30, the orchestra will be crossing the province to perform at Wasagaming (Clear Lake). This is our first performance in this part of the province; • July 1, the WSO will perform for the annual Canada Day celebration at The Forks; • Millennium Noon Hour summer concerts will begin in the middle of June. This seventh season of free noon hour recitals features members of the WSO. All events are held at the Millennium Centre on Main Street; • WSO musicians will also perform at The Cube in Old Market Square, every Wednesday in August at noon; • We finish the Summer Season at the Barge Festival at The Forks, August 31. Enjoy a safe and relaxing summer. We look forward to seeing you all in the fall.

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CONDUCTORS & COMPOSERS Alexander Mickelthwate, Music Director Recognized as one of the most exciting young conductors of his generation, Alexander Mickelthwate is in his sixth season as Music Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, where he has significantly raised the ensemble’s profile through innovative programming and active community engagement. Praised for his “splendid, richly idiomatic readings” (LA Weekly), “fearless” approach and “first-rate technique” (Los Angeles Times), the German-born conductor has attracted attention for his charismatic presence on the podium and command of a wide range of musical styles. In August 2007, Alexander culminated his three-year tenure as Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with which he appeared regularly at Walt Disney Concert Hall and at the Hollywood Bowl. Previously as Assistant Conductor with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he co-founded the new music ensemble Bent Frequency, which was hailed as "one of the brightest ensembles on the scene” (Gramophone Magazine). Recent highlights include debuts with the Houston Symphony, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, the Johannesburg Philharmonic and the Bukarest Philharmonic, a re-engagement with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and a highly successful last-minute replacement with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. As guest conductor, Alexander has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony, NDR Hannover, as well as with symphony orchestras in several Canadian and U.S. cities. Born in Germany into a musical family, he studied conducting in Karlsruhe, Germany and at the Peabody Conservatory with Gustav Meier, and was invited as a conducting Fellow at Tanglewood, as well as at the Eötvöes Institute in Hungary. He is married with two sons.

Richard Lee, Resident Conductor From the time his mother sat him down at a toy piano when he was three years old, Richard Lee has spent his life immersed in music. He graduated to a real piano at the age of five and took up the violin at age seven. At age seventeen, he passed – with honours – the grade X piano and violin exams at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. After a brief and ill-advised stint as a physics major, Richard came to his senses and pursued a degree in Music Performance at the University of Toronto as both a violinist and a violist while studying conducting. After teaching middle school music for five years, Richard returned to the U of T where, as the Victor Feldbrill Fellow in orchestral conducting, he obtained a Master’s degree under the tutelage of Raffi Armenian. Formerly conductor-in-residence of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Richard is currently resident conductor of the WSO, conductor of the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, as well as music director of the Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra, based in Toronto. Guest engagements this season include the orchestras of the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), East Texas, Hamilton and Quebec. His work has been broadcast and recorded by the CBC/Radio-Canada. Musician, news junkie and connoisseur of fine ales, whiskies and cigars, Richard maintains residences in both Winnipeg and Toronto.

Vincent Ho, Composer-in-Residence Vincent Ho is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding composers of his generation. His works have been hailed for their profound expressiveness and textural beauty that has audiences talking about with great enthusiasm. His many awards have included Harvard University’s Fromm Music Commission, The Canada Council for the Arts’ “Robert Fleming Prize,” ASCAP’s “Morton Gould Young Composer Award,” four SOCAN Young Composers Awards, and CBC Radio’s Audience Choice Award (2009 Young Composers’ Competition). Born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1975, Vincent Ho began his musical training through the Royal Conservatory of Music. He received his Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) in 1993, his Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary in 1998, his Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto in 2000, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California (2005). His mentors have included Allan Bell, David Eagle, Christos Hatzis, Walter Buczynski, and Stephen Hartke. In 1997, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Schola Cantorum Summer Composition Program in Paris, where he received further training in analysis, composition, counterpoint, and harmony, supervised by David Diamond, Philip Lasser, and Narcis Bonet. April – May 2012 I OVERTURE 5

WINNIPEG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2011-2012 SEASON MUSIC DIRECTOR Alexander Mickelthwate RESIDENT CONDUCTOR Richard Lee COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE Vincent Ho FIRST VIOLINS Gwen Hoebig, Concertmaster The S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté Memorial Chair, endowed by the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation Karl Stobbe, Associate Concertmaster Mary Lawton, Assistant Concertmaster

Chris Anstey Raymond Chrunyk Mona Coarda Hong Tian Jia *Trevor Kirczenow Simon MacDonald **Meredith McCallum Rachel Moody Julie Savard Jun Shao SECOND VIOLINS Darryl Strain, Principal Elation Pauls, Assistant Principal Karen Bauch **Tomomi Brennan Rodica Filipoi *Barbara Gilroy Boyd MacKenzie Susan McCallum † Jane Radomski Claudine St. Arnauld Phoebe Tsang VIOLAS Daniel Scholz, Principal Anne Elise Lavallée, Assistant Principal

Laszlo Baroczi Richard Bauch Greg Hay Suzanne McKegney Merrily Peters Mike Scholz

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CELLOS Yuri Hooker, Principal **Desiree Abbey, Assistant Principal Alex Adaman Margaret Askeland Arlene Dahl Carolyn Nagelberg Emma Quackenbush BASSES Meredith Johnson, Principal Theodore Chan, Assistant Principal Paul Nagelberg Bruce Okrainec Zdzislaw Prochownik Patrick Staples FLUTES Jan Kocman, Principal Martha Durkin PICCOLO Martha Durkin OBOES Bede Hanley, Principal Robin MacMillan ENGLISH HORN Robin MacMillan CLARINETS Micah Heilbrunn, Principal Richard Klassen BASSOONS Alexandra Eastley, Principal James Ewen CONTRABASSOON James Ewen HORNS Patricia Evans, Principal Ken MacDonald, Associate Principal James Robertson The Hilda Schelberger Memorial Chair

Caroline Oberheu Michiko Singh

TRUMPETS Brian Sykora, Principal Paul Jeffrey Isaac Pulford The Patty Kirk Memorial Chair

TROMBONES Steven Dyer, Principal John Helmer BASS TROMBONE Julia McIntyre, Principal TUBA Chris Lee, Principal TIMPANI Jeremy Epp, Principal PERCUSSION Frederick Liessens, Principal HARP Richard Turner, Principal Endowed by W.H. & S.E. Loewen


Fred Redekop is the official Piano Tuner and Technician of the WSO *On Leave **Temporary Position † Dual Section Position Please note: Non-titled (tutti) string players are listed alphabetically and are seated according to a rotational system.



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Brahms Requiem Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor Brett Polegato, baritone Betty Waynne Allison, soprano Mennonite Festival Chorus, Rudy Schellenberg & William Baerg, co-directors

PROGRAM Five Mystical Songs Easter I Got Me Flowers Love Bade Me Welcome The Call Antiphon

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

- INTERMISSION Ein deutsches Requiem, op. 45 - A German Requiem Johannes Brahms Selig sind, die da Leid tragen - Blessed are they who mourn (1833-1897) Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras - For all flesh is as grass Herr, lehre doch mich - Lord, teach me Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen - How lovely are your dwellings Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit -You now have sorrow Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt - For we have here no continuing home Selig sind die Toten - Blessed are the dead

Extra Musicians: Elizabeth Dyer, violin Laura MacDougall, flute Allen Harrington, bassoon Cary Denby, organ

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Five Mystical Songs Ralph Vaughan Williams b. Down Ampney, Gloucestershire / October 12, 1872 d. London / August 26, 1958 Composed: 1906-1911 First performance: September 14, 1911 (Worcester) conducted by the composer First WSO performance In 1908, Vaughan Williams studied with Maurice Ravel in Paris, summing up his three-month stay as a “new and invigorating experience” while clearly assimilating elements of his teacher’s syntax into his own style. Shortly afterwards, Vaughan Williams composed his signature Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis. Its success led to a new commission to write a work for the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester, for which Five Mystical Songs were completed along with the Sea Symphony in 1911. Vaughan Williams had been working on setting five poems by the Anglican priest/musician George Herbert (1593-1633). Herbert’s eloquent writings followed the middle road between the Romans and Puritans. As a Christian agnostic, Vaughan Williams liked Herbert’s work, especially his immersion in the old conflicts between God and World, Flesh and Spirit, and the many other synonyms portrayed with a similar visionary-inmusic spirit as the composer’s own.

strings are a telling foil for the words in Love Bade Me Welcome, the use of the Corpus Christi chant ‘O sacrum convivium’ as a wordless chorus set against the soloist’s words especially rapt. The Call seems to come from the distant past, its modal harmonies in sharp contrast to the rousing Antiphon that closes.

original conception by August 1866 and added a seventh section – the fifth movement Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit, “I will see you again” – for soprano, in memory of his mother.

Brahms drew his texts from the Lutheran Bible but carefully eschewed anything sectarian. His goal was a universal response to death and suffering – words and music of A German Requiem consolation for the bereaved living, Johannes Brahms rather than the dark menace of the b. Hamburg / May 7, 1833 Last Judgment. “I could easily d. Vienna / April 3, 1897 dispense with the word ‘German’ and Composed: 1857-1868 replace it with ‘Human,’” he told the First performance: April 10, 1868 choirmaster at the Bremen premiere, (Bremen) conducted by the composer Last WSO performance: 2003; Andrey which was a great success that led to many performances in Europe and Boreyko, conductor established Brahms’s international One can only imagine reputation. the effect on A German Requiem has a telling Johannes Brahms construction: a symmetrically arched when Robert form of heavenly order at its apex in Schumann, in print, movement 4. Flanking that in hailed him as the “saviour of German music” at the time movements 3 and 5 are soloists that the young Brahms was just starting his `counsel,’ as it were. Movements 2 and 6 contemplate mortality and the life’s work. Schumann, as Brahms’s hope of Resurrection. The outer mentor, wanted him to compose something on the grand scale, fearing movements are meditative, both that the great tradition of Beethoven beginning with ‘selig’ (“blessed”) and with similar material, yet one feels a and Mozart was becoming washed away in mediocrity. When Schumann newly elevated dramatic reach in the finale, a procession from dark to light died in a mental asylum in 1856, that had made the work among the Brahms was not only overcome with most cherished of its kind. grief but vowed to fulfill the wish.

The year after Schumann’s death, Brahms began a symphony from which material found its way to a choral work that became the germ of the Requiem. Schumann had wanted to write a Requiem in German, rather than in the traditional Latin text from the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead. Brahms was well versed in scripture but was not religious, so the One senses the Romantic Elgar in idea of a universal Requiem in German the opening song Easter. The second appealed to him as a monument to song, I Got Me Flowers reflects Schumann. When Brahms’s beloved Debussy and, like all the songs, has mother passed away in 1865, he set to its own individual style. Muted work completing six sections of his Vous adresser au service des abonnés ou consulter le site pour la traduction en français. 8 O V E R T U R E I A p r i l – M a y 2 0 12

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The Manhattan Transfer Yaron Gershovsky, conductor, piano/keyboards The Manhattan Transfer: Tim Hauser Janis Siegel Alan Paul Margaret Dorn* Steve Hass, drums Gary Wicks, bass Adam Hawley, guitar

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PROGRAM The Manhattan Transfer will perform songs below, and more: A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square Route 66 Embraceable You Candy Choo Choo Ch' Boogie The Quitetude Birdland

Extra Musicians: Laurel Ridd, flute Sharon Atkinson, clarinet Janice Finley, saxophone Matt Abraham, percussion *replacing Cheryl Bentyne


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Buster Keaton’s The General Richard Lee, conductor Film with orchestra

CAST Buster Keaton .............. Johnnie Gray Marion Mack ................ Annabelle Lee Glen Cavender ............ Captain Anderson Jim Farley .................... General Thatcher Frederick Vroom .......... A Confederate General Charles Henry Smith .... Annabelle's Father (as Charles Smith)

Frank Barnes .......... Annabelle's Brother Joe Keaton .............. Union General Mike Donlin ............ Union General Tom Nawn .............. Union General

Directed by: Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton Produced by: Joseph Schenck and Buster Keaton Screenplay by: Al Boasberg, Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton. Uncredited: Charles Henry Smith and Paul Girard Smith Cinematography by: Bert Haines and Devereaux Jennings Edited by: Buster Keaton and Sherman Kell Release date: December 31, 1926 Based on The Great Locomotive Chase by William Pittenger Music by Carl Davis Music performed by arrangement with Schott Music Corporation/European American Music Distributors LLC, New York, as agent for Faber Music Ltd., London

Extra Musicians: Donna Laube, piano

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Circus Terrifico Richard Lee, conductor Motus O

PROGRAM Part 1: Circus Music

Ray Luedeke

Part 2: Selections from: William Tell: Overture Sleeping Beauty Swan Lake

Rossini Tchaikovsky Tchaikovsky

Extra Musicians: Tracy Wright, oboe

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Students give back Music for Young Children students from across Canada continue to collect money for the Fire Fighters Burn Fund. The Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Music for Young Children® teachers have their annual Musical Kids Helping Kids which is now in its eighth year. MYC students and teachers have raised a total of $26,354.56 to-date for this worthy cause. Parents and sponsors pay the students for every minute of practicing done over a period of four to six weeks. This money is collected and then donated to the Fire Fighters Burn Fund in Manitoba which is spent on burn-related equipment at the hospital, innovative programs for burn survivors as well as a summer camp for children for patients in their burn unit. Please go to for more information on how you can donate.

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is presenting “Circus Terrifico” on Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. As the Concerts for Kids Pre-Concert Activities Partner, MYC teachers along with the WSO will be hosting various music activities beginning at 1:00 p.m. Music for Young Children’s President & International Director Olivia Riddell and Vice-President & COO David Riddell from Kanata, Ontario will be in attendance for this very special event! Olivia Riddell will be presenting the Pennies for Practice cheque to Martin Johnson, Fire Fighters Burn Fund Chairman prior to the concert. Music for Young Children in its 32nd year, is taught annually to 24,000 in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia. For more information, visit MYC’s website or call Manitoba/NW Ontario Coordinator Marilyn Unrau at 204-488-8488.

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PLAY YOUR PART Stunning symphonic performances with world-class artists, rollicking fun-filled musical adventures for over 30,000 students per year, dazzling classical concerts in communities across the province, and to top it all, a lauded new music offering at the altar of musical greatness, Carnegie Hall – these are the things the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra provides as one of Manitoba’s proudest Arts groups. Your attendance helps make this possible, but what you may not know is that ticket sales reflect less than 41% of the actual costs of presenting our season. By making the WSO a part of your annual giving, you can ensure we are able to provide these wonderful experiences for years to come. We make it simple to support what matters to you: you can donate to specific programs, such as Share the Music which is an initiative providing tickets to disadvantaged children and families; you can donate to the general health of the organization as a Friend of the Symphony; or, you can ensure the future sustainability of the WSO by giving to our Endowment Fund.

We also make it convenient to give using the method that best suits you. Donors can contribute year-round by phone, mail, in person, or online. There is also the option to participate in our monthly giving program, which allows you to spread your donation over a 12-month period with automatic deductions from your credit card or through our direct debit system. Choosing to give to the WSO allows you to celebrate your love of music, while also contributing to enriching the lives of other Manitobans. Please consider making us a part of your annual giving. All donations are welcome! There are many other ways to plan your giving, such as by donating stocks or by including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in your estate plans. If you would like to discuss these options further by phone or email, we welcome your questions. Please contact Sarah Lund, Development Coordinator at (204) 949-3987 or

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection) Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor Monica Huisman, soprano Anita Krause, mezzo-soprano Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, Yuri Klaz, artistic director Flin Flon Community Choir, Crystal Kolt, artistic director

PROGRAM Symphony No. 2 in C minor (Resurrection) Allegro maestoso Andante moderato In ruhig fliessender Bewegung – Urlicht: Sehr feierlich aber schlicht – Finale: Im Tempo des Scherzos

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

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There will be no intermission Extra Musicians: Robin Braun, violin Laurel Ridd, flute Laura MacDougall, flute Pat Daniels, clarinet Graham MacKenzie, oboe Tracy Wright, oboe Allen Harrington, bassoon Karine Breton, bassoon Austin Hitchcock, horn Todd Martin, horn Richard Scholz, trumpet Brad Ritson, trombone Cary Denby, organ Ann Germani, harp Matt Abraham, percussion Victoria Sparks, percussion JF Breton, timpani

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PROGRAM NOTES by James Manishen

Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection) Gustav Mahler b. Bohemia / July 7, 1860 d. Vienna / May 18, 1911 Composed: 1888-1894 First performance: December 13, 1895 (Berlin) conducted by the composer Last WSO performance: 2001, Bramwell Tovey, conductor The genesis of Mahler’s six-year struggle to complete his monumental Second Symphony actually began by way of a forgotten opera by Carl Maria von Weber. In August 1886, the 26-year-old Mahler was hired by the eminent conductor Arthur Nikisch in Leipzig to assist Carl von Weber, the composer’s grandson, in making a performing edition of Weber’s Die Drei Pintos. Mahler, whose nerve-endings were usually on high alert, quickly fell in love with the grandson’s wife. They planned to run off together but Mahler was left high and dry at the train station! The opera’s premiere in January 1888 was a success but the flower-laden reception led to images in his mind of his own funeral, awash in floral display - an image of death that led to a tone poem he conceived that would be called Totenfeier (“Funeral Rite”). Though he considered the piece as a stand-alone work, he labelled the manuscript “Symphony in C minor/First Movement” without any idea as to what music might complete a symphony. Mahler finished the movement on September 10, 1888.

Turbulent years followed. Mahler had left the Leipzig Opera in May 1888 for a hard-won position at the Budapest Opera in October. The following year both of his parents died and he was entrusted with the care of his five siblings, one of which died from a brain tumor soon after. In 1891, Mahler changed jobs, moving to the Hamburg Opera as principal conductor where he encountered famed conductor Hans von Bülow, who much admired the younger man’s skills as an opera conductor. Mahler wanted to play Totenfeier for Bülow to get his reaction.

Andante (Ländler) and the Urlicht (“Primal Light”) were completed. Throwing himself into his work, Mahler had four movements done by the end of the summer 1893 and was very much on edge. “While one has something to say,” he told a close friend, “do you think that one can spare oneself?” The final movement remained – a dilemma, since Mahler wanted a culminating, epic statement and felt that the opening movement was climactic all by itself. What to do?

In December 1892, Bülow died. At the memorial service Mahler was “If that is still music then I do not deeply affected by the children’s understand a single thing about voices that sang Klopstock’s moving music!” Bülow shot back, though in poem Auferstehen (“Resurrection”) friendly terms. Mahler was wounded followed by the church bells that rang out to the whole city. This since he considered himself a became the basis for the finale and composer first and a conductor on June 29, 1894 the symphony was second. Still, he viewed Bülow as a complete, a symphony that became mentor and since Mahler had not Mahler’s most often heard work in written anything in the last three his lifetime. Mahler chose it for his years (since Totenfeier), he had to make some decisions in his Viennese farewell concert in 1907 and for his first concert as conductor composing career, namely, to go of the New York Symphony ahead with a full symphony. Orchestra on December 8, 1908. The following summer, Mahler From the opening funeral march reacquainted himself with a collection of German folk-poems by through the intervening Ludwig Achim von Arnim and movements, the Urlicht with its Clemens Brentano entitled Des contralto solo leading the soul out Knaben Wunderhorn (“The Youth’s of the darkness of death to the Magic Horn”). It was now five years resurrection of the body and after the first movement was heavenly transfiguration of the completed. Mahler found himself a spirit, the “Resurrection” Symphony is a striking experience in design, tiny cottage in the idyllic countryside near Salzburg and set to execution and emotional impact. Even for Mahler, no symphony has work. Two of the poems were used ever been more transcendent. as underpinnings for the internal intermezzo-like movements of the new symphony. The Scherzo was modeled after “St. Anthony’s Sermon to the Fish” in which St. Anthony preaches to the fishes who return to their earthly ways once the sermon ends. Shortly after, the

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Best wishes to two special people! Photographer: Ken MacDonald

The WSO extends its best wishes to Richard Klassen and James Ewen on their upcoming retirements.

Richard (Rick) Klassen

James (Jim) Ewan

Rick joined the WSO as a clarinetist in 1972. Jim joined the WSO’s bassoon section in 1991. Both have been integral members of the WSO’s outstanding woodwind section and their invaluable service to the orchestra and our audiences has been greatly appreciated. Congratulations and best wishes from your many friends and colleagues at the WSO!

Source and Inspiration — A concert featuring the

Gryphon Trio with Clarinetist James Campbell Valentin Sivestrov’s Fugitive Visions of Mozart, Alexina Louie’s Echoes of Time and Olivier Messiaen’s epic Quartet for the End of Time, performed in the presence of Stephen Hutchings’ breathtaking painting series, Landscapes for the End of Time.

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Brahms Requiem APRIL 7

Brett Polegato Brett Polegato is one of today’s most sought-after lyric baritones on the international stage. Since finishing first among the men at the 1995 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, his career has encompassed over 50 operatic roles in the world’s most prestigious venues including Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. His principal roles include Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande and Il conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro. Highlights of Polegato’s 2010-11 season include Il conte Almaviva with Opera Hamilton, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Canadian Opera Company and Die Zauberflöte’s Papageno with Cincinnati Opera.

Mennonite Festival Chorus, Rudy Schellenberg & William Baerg, co-directors The Mennonite Festival Chorus (MFC) made its debut in 1985 under the distinguished leadership of the late Robert Shaw, together with the WSO in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. They have performed on many occasions with the WSO, including works by Mahler, Handel, Bach, Dvoràk, Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Arvo Pärt. Last season, the choir sang Handel's Messiah and Bach's St. John Passion. Earlier this season, it was chosen to sing excerpts from Orff's Carmina Burana to open the new James A. Richardson International Airport. MFC is a highly select core of choristers from Winnipeg and surrounding communities, many of whom are regular members of other choirs, including numerous alumni and present students of Canadian Mennonite University. POPS

The Manhattan Transfer APRIL 13- 15

Betty Waynne Allison

Yaron Gershovsky

Prize-winning soprano Betty Waynne Allison first came to prominence as a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio. Highlights of the current season include her French debut as Alice in Verdi’s Falstaff for Opéra-Théâtre Métropole, her U.S. debut in the title role in Floyd’s Susannah for Florentine Opera, and she created the title role in Andrew MacDonald’s Mary’s Wedding for Pacific Opera Victoria. On the concert stage she sings Brahms’ Requiem for the Grand Philharmonic Choir and for the WSO. Ms. Allison was the Canadian representative to the first ever Stella Maris Vocal Competition, placing first in the Oratorio class and fourth overall.

Yaron Gershovsky is widely recognized as an accomplished musician, whose long list of credits demonstrates versatility and excellence as a pianist/keyboardist, arranger, composer and producer. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mr. Gershovsky has been the musical director and pianist/keyboardist for the world-renowned vocal group The Manhattan Transfer. He has toured with them world wide, and has recorded and arranged for them both vocally and instrumentally. Among his arrangements for The Manhattan Transfer is the Grammy Award-winning song Why Not. On their latest album Vibrate, he is featured both as a pianist and as an arranger.

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The Manhattan Transfer: Tim Hauser After careers in the U.S. Air Force, advertising and marketing, Tim Hauser founded the first Manhattan Transfer group in 1969, having made one album, Jukin’. Following the group’s demise, he eventually founded the current Manhattan Transfer group in October of 1972. Mr. Hauser’s work also includes producing records, having produced about half of the Transfers albums, the soundtrack for The Marrying Man, cuts on A League Of Their Own, and Richie Cole’s Hollywood Madness. He is the owner of Tim Hauser Foods, a manufacturer of boutique pasta sauce, and is also featured on Sirius XM’s Fifties on 5 and Sixties on 6.

Alan Paul Alan Paul is one of the founding members of The Manhattan Transfer and a nine time Grammy Award winner. He began his professional career on Broadway at the age of 12 in the original cast of Oliver. He was also in the original cast of Grease. He received four Grammy nominations for his compositions, Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone and Code Of Ethics and vocal arrangements for Ray’s Rockhouse. He also received a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocalist, Male for I Remember Clifford (from Vocalese). In 2004 Mr. Paul released a solo CD, Another Place In Time and is currently in the studio recording his new CD, Shoo Bop.

Janis Siegel Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee, Janis Siegel has been an undeniable force in The Manhattan Transfer’s diverse musical catalog. Alongside her career as a founding member, Ms. Siegel has also sustained a solo career that has spawned

more than a half dozen finely-crafted solo albums and numerous collaborative projects, amassed a large international fan base and garnered consistently high critical praise. She is currently producing for other artists and singing on a wide array of projects, including JaLaLa, her female trio gearing up for its second CD, touring with her west-coast based trio, and singing with N.Y. based pianist John diMartino

Margaret Dorn Margaret Dorn is an awardwinning singer, composer, arranger and producer whose work includes the recording industry, film soundtracks, television, commercials, theatre, touring, night clubs and the concert stage. She produced her two solo CDs and her songs have been recorded by such artists as Karen Carpenter, Hiromi Ota, The Sweet Inspirations and Melba Moore. Most recently, she has written the score for a new musical, Faraway Bayou, and the revue, Women Of A Certain Age. She is also the leader/founder of The Accidentals, an a cappella group who have released four CDs, won numerous awards and have captivated audiences from coast to coast.


Circus Terrifico APRIL 29

Motus O Under the artistic direction of James and Cynthia Croker and Jack Langenhuizen – who have all been trained in several artistic disciplines with decades of combined performing experience in both street theatre and stage – Motus O has been touring across Canada and internationally since 1990. With fourteen touring shows to date, Motus O creates, teaches and performs works that bring magic, honesty and passion into both large and small communities, engaging audiences of all ages wherever they go. This explosive company is best described as: part dance - part theatre - part triathlon!

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WSO SUPPORTERS CORPORATE PARTNERS The WSO gratefully acknowledges the following companies whose generous support helps to ensure musical enrichment within our community. Thank you!

Podium $25,000 + Corus Entertainment Inc. National Leasing Resident Artist $10,000 - $24,999 Johnston Group Inc. Qualico Principal Chair $5,000 - $9,999 B.A. Robinson Co. Ltd. Michael F. B. Nesbitt Rogers Media Group Wawanesa Insurance Assistant Principal Chair $2,500 - $4,999 Cambrian Credit Union J.K. Investments Ltd. The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada Orchestra Chair $1,000 - $2,499 Bison Transport Dormond Industries E.H. Price Limited Long & McQuade Musical Instruments Payworks Inc. Peerless Garments LP Premier Printing Ltd. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Young Presidents Organization Music Stand $500 - $999 Coghlan's Limited Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd. Deloitte Foundation Florence & Sheldon Berney InterGroup Consultants Ltd. Manitoba's Credit Unions The Manitoba Teachers' Society New Flyer Industries Number Ten Architectural Group Piston Ring Service Pitblado LLP Pollard Banknote Limited Red River Co-Operative Ltd. The Smith Agency Ltd. Riser: Under $500 A. Akman & Son Ltd. Allmar International L.J. Bowman Realty Inc. Con-Pro Industries Canada Ltd. M. Morris W. Dorosh Michael McKernan Mid West Packaging Limited 2 Anonymous

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The Legacy Circle exists to recognize the following patrons whose foresight ensures that the WSO plays on for all Manitobans in generations to come. The WSO gratefully acknowledges Legacy Circle members for their planned future gift to the WSO.

Lorraine & Gerry Cairns Greg Doyle & Carol Bellringer Ethel & Joe Karr Michel D. Lagacé G. E. Loewen S. E. Loewen W. H. Loewen Dr. Brendan MacDougall Carolyn & Nathan Mitchell Lesia Peet Trudy Schroeder June Slobodian Muriel Smith Robin Wiens & Émilie Lagacé-Wiens Donn Yuen 2 Anonymous

The Maestro’s Circle exists to recognize those special patrons whose significant philanthropy furthers the musical artistry of the WSO. Thank you!

Honourary Chair Alexander Mickelthwate, Music Director Platinum Baton $25,000 + Bill & Shirley Loewen* Gold Baton $10,000 $24,999 Dr. Brendan MacDougall Dr. Bill Pope & Dr. Elizabeth Tippett-Pope* Silver Baton $5,000 $9,999 Greg Doyle and Carol Bellringer Ron & Sandi Mielitz Muriel Smith Concertmaster's Bow $2,500 - $4,999 Gail Asper & Michael Paterson Joyce & Margaret Beggs Bill & Margaret Fast Timothy & Barbara Burt James Gibbs Mr. Frank Fred Gladky Mrs. Audrey F. Hubbard Kevin & Els Kavanagh* Dr. Terry Klassen & Ms. Grace Dueck Drs. Eleanor & Grant MacDougall John Mansfield & Pam Simmons* Michael Nozick & Cheryl Ashley Frank & Jeanne Plett Lawrie & Fran Pollard George & Tannis Richardson* Mr. John Thistlethwaite Ian R. Thomson & Leah R. Janzen Professor A.M.C. Waterman Black Tie $1,500 - $2,499 Aubrey & Dr. Linda Asper Mr. Jim Barrett Brenlee Carrington-Treple & Brent Treple Morley & Marjorie Blankstein C.M., O.M. Mrs. Lucienne Blouw Harry & Doneta Brotchie Herb & Erna Buller James Carr

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection) MAY 4 -5

Monica Huisman Ms. Huisman has been hailed as possessing a soprano voice that “embodies both flawless technique and dramatic impact.” In 1999, she made her debut at the famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in a live broadcast of Riccardo Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini. Since then Ms. Huisman has delighted audiences from Amsterdam to Guatemala City with the reputation of her 'silken' voice “consistently crafting each note into a work of art'” (Winnipeg Free Press). Concert repertoire has seen her thrill audiences with the Guatemala Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Symphony Orkest, Radio-Symphony Orkest and Orchestra London.

Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir; Yuri Klaz, artistic director The Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir (the Phil), the oldest choir of its kind in western Canada, has been entertaining Winnipeg audiences with beautiful music since 1922. The Phil’s repertoire covers a broad range of secular and religious music including oratorios, masses, cantatas, songs and choral symphonies. The Phil self-produces a season of three primary concerts, supplemented by various private, public and benefit performances. The Phil has performed in Toronto and in New York City at Carnegie Hall. The Phil prides itself on premiering many original works, and has also commissioned works by Manitoba composers. Under the direction of artistic director Yuri Klaz, the Phil continues to captivate audiences with its choral presentations.

Flin Flon Community Choir; Crystal Kolt, artistic director

Anita Krause Celebrated for her gorgeous voice and impeccable musicianship, Canadian mezzo-soprano Anita Krause is equally esteemed in the concert hall and on the opera stage. She has performed with many of North America’s leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Baltimore Symphony and the Toronto Symphony. Ms. Krause has also appeared with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Grant Park Symphony, and Les Violons du Roy, as well as with the orchestras of Vancouver, Calgary, Quebec, Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo and the Canadian Opera Company. Her performances are frequently broadcast across Canada on CBC radio.

Started in 1996 under the direction of Mark and Crystal Kolt, the Flin Flon Community Choir (FFCC) has been a driving force in the development of professional quality musical production in northern Manitoba. Built upon a strong local musical tradition fostered by the dedicated and talented Flin Flon Glee Club, which flourished in the postwar period, the Choir alternates between musical theatre productions and classical masterworks seasons. The FFCC, which ranges in size from 60-100 individuals, has had the opportunity to perform with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Saskatoon Symphony, Heather Bishop, Paris to Kiev, Maria Luz Alvarez and Jeff Dimitriou.

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Ms. Maxine Cristall Mr. Raymond E. Cunningham June Curtis D. Cymbalist D & E De Graff Mr. Rowland Del Bigio Beth Derraugh Ms. M. Jane Dick Miss Shirley K. Dickinson Marlene & Fred Dickson Sylvia Dixon Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence & Brenda Donald Ms. Wanda Drury Mr. & Mrs. Peter Eibisch Margaret Ellis John & Ruth Ens Vera & Peter Fast David & Ruth Ferguson Laurel Fife Cal & Lois Finch Dr. Theo Fourie Mrs. Sheryl Fowler Glen & Florence Fraser Mrs. Gitta Fricke Kevin & Pam Friesen Mary Friesen Mrs. Dot & Milt From Mr. & Mrs. George & Carol Gamby Ms. Barbara Gessner Mrs. A. Lee Gibson Marilyn Gilbert Les & Doreen Girling Linda Graham John & Louise Greenaway Ms. Cheryl M. Greenwood Ms. Victoria Gretchen Ms. Marianne Gruber Ms. Wilma Guertin Mr. & Mrs. H Gustafson Mr. & Mrs. Jeff & Debbie Hall Irene Hamerton Gertrude Hamilton Ms. Heather Hartry Nora Harvey Mrs. Sylvia Haverstick Dr. & Mrs. J.C. Haworth Max & Eleanor Herst Ms. Shirley Hicks Mr. Martin Horseman Ken Howard Mrs. Carole Hreno Roberta & Larry Hurtig Ms. Helen Isaak Jacqueline Iwasienko Pat Jarrett Ms. Jayne Laverne Kapac Dr. Sam Kantor

Dr. & Mrs. Arnold & Doreen Kapitz Mr. Gordon C. Keatch Ms. Eunice Kells Mrs. Shirley Kilburn Susan Koncan Mr. Eugene S. Kovach Mr. & Mrs. Hy Kraitberg Elizabeth Lansard Mrs. Eveleen Lawrenson Mr. and Ms. Leblanc Mrs. Ingrid Lee Mr. & Mrs. Sydney Lentle Ms. Hildy Leverton Mr. & Mrs. C. Lewis Mr. Paul Lindsay Barry & Patricia Lloyd Mr. Brian Gordon Lundmark Mr. Al Mackling Mr. Allan Mapes Mr. & Mrs. Sheldon & Rita Margolis Darrell Marleau Mrs. Irene Marriott Ms. Mary Massey Keith R. Mayoh Ms. Kimberley McCallum Ms. Susan McCarthy Mr. & Ms. Jim & Christina McDermid Ardythe McMaster Sandra McMillan Mr. Lyle W. McNichol In Honour of Donn Yuen's Retirement Peter Miller & Carolyn Garlich Mr. Howard Mitchell M. Mohr Esther Nisenholt Mr. Robert Nix Issie & Hazel Oiring Miss Jenny Olynyk Shirley & Graham Padgett Dr. F. Paraskevas Mrs. Evelyn Pearlman Valerie Pearson Neil Bruneau & Ellen Peel Mrs. Denise Penley Louise Penner Ms. Heather Penno Howard Curle & Beverley Phillips Mr. David Procner Mrs. Glennys Propp Ms. Pat Repa Beverley Ridd, In Memory of Grant McIntosh

Beverley Ridd, in Memory of Robert Turner Mrs. Susan E. Roe-Finlay Mr. & Mrs. D Rosenbaum Mrs. V. Rosolowich Frances E. Rowlin Royal Canadian College of Organists, in Memory of William Sim Mr. Rory Runnells John & Shirley Russell Mr. & Mrs. John Sadler Leonore Saunders O.M. Alan & Rebecca Schacter Kay Schalme William Scheidt Ms. Velma Schmidt Mrs. Edna Schneider Mrs. Marian Schroeder Adolph & Diane Schurek B.J.N. Scott Robert and Marilyn Shawcross Izzy Shore Mrs. Rita Shreiber Mrs. Elaine Silverberg Ms. Nata L. Spigelman Josephine Stemerowicz William Stewart Muriel Sutherland Gladys Tarala Ewa & Ludwick Tarsia Ms. Leann Thompson Nancy & Geoff Tidmarsh Marilyn Torossi Mr. Alan Tring Mrs. Yoko Tsuyuki Mrs. Roseline Usiskin Sophia Venter Dr. & Mrs. L. Villa Denis Vincent Miss A. H. Wagstaffe Robin & Joanne Walker Mrs. Laurabelle Wallace Ken and Mary Warmbrod Mrs. Hilda Weber Mr. Glen Angus Webster Ms. Louise Welsh Ms. Lois A. Whyte Ms. Audrey Wilson Myra Joan Wolch Terrie Woodward Phillip S. Young 18 Anonymous

ENDOWMENT FUND Leave a legacy by making a donation to the WSO’s Endowment Fund. Managed by the Winnipeg Foundation since 1959, the fund has grown in value to just over $4.4 M. Gifts to the fund ensure longterm financial support for the orchestra. Thank you!

Gail Asper & Michael Paterson In Memory of Jessica Bernardin Kurt Braun Sheila & David Brodovsky Ms. Marion Bruno T & J Carter Mr. Ray Davis Mrs. Elfrieda H. Dupuis Miss Helene Dyck In Memory of Madeleine Suzanne Gauvin Marilyn & Helios Hernandez Dorothy L. Hodgson In Memory of Donald Winkler Hurd P. Ilavsky Andrew Lutz, in Memory of Alice Lutz Robert and Barbara Lutz, Christopher Tanya and Mika Lutz, in Memory of Alice Lutz Barbara Main Dr. Peter & Jane Markesteyn Blumie & Iser Portnoy Endowment Fund Grant & Janet Saunders Trudy Schroeder & Norman Dyck, in Memory of Heather Whittaker In Memory of Robert F. Skinner In Memory of Esther Ginpil and Patricia Louise Tarnava Women's Committee of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Harry & Evelyn Wray 4 Anonymous

New Music Festival Club donors help to ensure the artistic excellence of the WSO’s New Music Festival. Thank you!

Aubrey & Dr. Linda Asper Pat and Mary Jo Carrabre Paul & Nel Henteleff Marilyn & Helios Hernandez Richard & Karen Howell Drs. Keith & Gwyneth Jones Koren & Leonard Kaminski Kozub/Halldorson Family T.G. Kucera Mr. Gordon P. Linney Mr. Frank Martin Ms. Sheila Miller Mrs. Brenda Morlock Margaret Moroz Lesia Peet Ron Lambert Mr. Doug Shewfelt Juris & Aija Svenne Karin Woods

Share the Music is a unique outreach initiative of the WSO that allows economically disadvantaged children and their families to attend WSO performances. Thank you for helping to Share the Music!

Sheila & David Brodovsky Barbara Cook M. & G. Crielaard EJ Day Ms. Brenda Sklar Ross & Bette Jayne Taylor 1 Anonymous

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WSO BOARD & STAFF 2011-2012 SEASON OUR DISTINGUISHED PATRONS His Honour the Honourable Philip S. Lee C.M., O.M. Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba The Honourable Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba His Worship Sam Katz, Mayor of the City of Winnipeg Mr. W.H. Loewen & Mrs. S.E. Loewen, WSO Directors Emeritus WOMEN'S COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE Shirley Loewen, President Sylvia Cassie, Vice President Lesia Peet, Past President Margaret Harvie, Treasurer Evelyn Davidson, Secretary

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dorothy Dobbie, President & Chair Tim Burt, Vice-President Greg Doyle, Treasurer Muriel Smith, Secretary Dr. Brendan MacDougall, Past-President Marilyn Billinkoff Brenlee Carrington-Trepel Michael Cox Arlene Dahl

Dr. Daya Gupta Elba Haid Gregory Hay Maureen Kilgour Jackie Lowe Ed Martens Lesia Peet Dr. William Pope Terry Sargeant William Shead Karl Stobbe Richard Turner

OFFICIAL AUDITORS Runchey Miyazawa Abbott Chartered Accountants



EXECUTIVE OFFICE Lori Marks, Confidential Executive Assistant

ARTISTIC Bramwell Tovey, Conductor Laureate Richard Lee, Resident Conductor Vincent Ho, Composer-in-Residence

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION John Bacon, Director of Finance & Administration Sandi Mitchell, Payroll & Accounting Administrator Chelse McKee, Accounting & Volunteer Assistant

ARTISTIC OPERATIONS Jean-Francois Phaneuf, Director of Artistic Operations James Manishen, Artistic Operations Associate DEVELOPMENT Laura Daniel, Operations Manager Joanne Gudmundson, Director of Development Amanda Wilson, Stage Manager Carol Cassels, Development Manager Chris Lee, Orchestra Personnel Manager Sarah Lund, Development Coordinator Ray Chrunyk, Principal Librarian Gail Loewen, Manager of Strategic Advancement Projects Laura MacDougall, Assistant Librarian Caroline Murphy, Telefunder, Donations & Raffles Lawrence Rentz, Stage Supervisor SALES & AUDIENCE SERVICES EDUCATION & OUTREACH Ryan Diduck, Director of Sales & Audience Services Tanya Derksen, Director of Education & Outreach Jason Hayes, Patron Services Coordinator Amy Wolfe, Education & Outreach Coordinator Patron Services Representatives (p/t): Brent Johnson, Community Outreach Coordinator Matthew Brooks Crystal Schwartz Rachel Himelblau Heather Thornton MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Theresa Huscroft Melissa Ungrin Lisa Abram, Director of Marketing & Communications Clare Neil Stephanie Van Nest Cheryl Waldner, Communications Coordinator Shaun Thompson, Graphic Designer

WINNIPEG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TICKET INFORMATION 1020-555 Main Street Winnipeg, MB R3B 1C3 Phone: 204.949.3950 Fax: 204.956.4271

WSO Box Office phone: 204-949-3999

Ticketmaster phone: 1-855-985-ARTS

Group Events phone: 204-949-3967

The WSO is a chartered non-profit organization operated by a voluntary Board of Directors.

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