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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CHAIR Timothy E. Burt, CFA As the holiday season approaches, we hope you will consider giving gifts of quality entertainment experiences to friends, family, and yourselves. Make the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra a wonderful part of your annual traditions of celebration and generosity. There are a number of ways the WSO can simplify your gift giving: • Prepare for holiday gift giving with the purchase of WSO tickets to concerts that will appeal to just about any age group or musical preference; • Consider a gift of Dinner and a Symphony with four intriguing dinner choices plus a Mother’s Day brunch, all done by Bergmann’s on Lombard and paired with excellent musical entertainment. Add to your holiday cheer by reserving a table before the Christmas Spectacular concert on December 1st; • Purchase one or more of our newly released collector’s edition CDs for giving or your own listening pleasure; • Attend one of our seasonal concerts, the Christmas Spectacular, the Mennonite Concertos, Barenaked Ladies: Hits and Holiday Songs, or Handel’s Messiah; and • Hear the WSO performing the music of Tchaikovsky with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in the holiday classic performances of The Nutcracker. The WSO and its fine array of outreach and community connection programs can also be on your list for end-of-the year giving. We have a special 65th anniversary project with a goal to raise $650,000 for the WSO endowment fund, or you may have a special interest in supporting the WSO’s general operations or its education and outreach programs. Your tax deductible gift will make a positive difference in your community and support the ongoing services and programs of this wonderful institution. This holiday season, the musicians, board members, and staff of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra wish you great joy as you celebrate with family, friends and colleagues. As we look forward into 2013, we hope you will share some of the musical events and opportunities we offer. With my best wishes,
Timothy E. Burt, CFA President and Chair Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
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CONDUCTORS Alexander Mickelthwate, Music Director Recognized as one of the most exciting young conductors of his generation, Alexander Mickelthwate is in his seventh 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 Germanborn 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 cofounded 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 violist. 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. Richard is the Music Director of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra (based in Tyler) and the Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra (Toronto). He is also the Resident Conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra. Guest engagements this season include the Kingston Symphony Orchestra as well as a tour of Mexico with I Musici de Montréal. Musician, news junkie and connoisseur of fine ales, whiskies and cigars, Richard maintains residences in both Winnipeg and Toronto. He roots for the Toronto FC and the Toronto Raptors basketball club.
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WINNIPEG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2012-2013 SEASON MUSIC DIRECTOR Alexander Mickelthwate RESIDENT CONDUCTOR Richard Lee COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE Vincent Ho
CELLOS Yuri Hooker, Principal **Cristian Markos, Assistant Principal Alex Adaman Margaret Askeland Arlene Dahl Carolyn Nagelberg Emma Quackenbush
FIRST VIOLINS Gwen Hoebig, Concertmaster
BASSES Meredith Johnson, Principal The Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt**Viorel Alexandru, Assistant Principal Gramatté Memorial Chair, endowed by the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation Paul Nagelberg Karl Stobbe, Associate Concertmaster Bruce Okrainec Mary Lawton, Assistant Concertmaster Zdzislaw Prochownik Patrick Staples Chris Anstey Raymond Chrunyk FLUTES Mona Coarda Jan Kocman, Principal Hong Tian Jia Martha Durkin *Trevor Kirczenow Simon MacDonald PICCOLO Rachel Moody † Jane Radomski Martha Durkin Julie Savard Jun Shao OBOES Bede Hanley, Principal SECOND VIOLINS Robin MacMillan Darryl Strain, Principal Elation Pauls, Assistant Principal ENGLISH HORN Karen Bauch Robin MacMillan Rodica Jeffrey *Barbara Gilroy CLARINETS **Takayo Noguchi Micah Heilbrunn, Principal Boyd MacKenzie Michelle Goddard Meredith McCallum Susan McCallum BASSOONS Claudine St-Arnauld Alex Eastley, Principal Phoebe Tsang Meryl Summers VIOLAS Daniel Scholz, Principal Anne Elise Lavallée, Assistant Principal
Laszlo Baroczi Richard Bauch Greg Hay Suzanne McKegney Merrily Peters Mike Scholz
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
ORCHESTRA PERSONNEL MANAGER Chris Lee PRINCIPAL LIBRARIAN Raymond Chrunyk ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN Laura MacDougall
Fred Redekop is the official Piano Tuner and Technician of the WSO
HORNS Patricia Evans, Principal *On Leave Ken MacDonald, Associate Principal **Temporary Position † James Robertson Dual Section Position The Hilda Schelberger Memorial Chair
Caroline Oberheu Michiko Singh
Please note: Non-titled (tutti) string players are listed alphabetically and are seated according to a rotational system.
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 (Scottish) Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
DINNER & A SYMPHONY
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
8:00 P.M. 8:00 P.M.
CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL
Doors Open at 5:00 p.m. Scottish Cuisine Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Catered by: Concert at 8:00 p.m. Centennial Concert Hall
WSO IN BRANDON
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
WESTERN MANITOBA CENTENNIAL AUDITORIUM
Scottish Symphony: A Selkirk Settlers Celebration Joshua Weilerstein, conductor Beatrice Rana, piano
PROGRAM Red River (World Premiere)* Confluence Enterprise Reminiscence Contention
Sid Robinovitch (b. 1942)
Concerto No.1 for Piano and Orchestra in C major, Op. 15 Allegro con brio Largo Rondo: Allegro scherzando
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
- INTERMISSION Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish" Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Andante con moto – Allegro un poco agitato – Andante come prima Vivace non troppo Adagio Allegro vivacissimo – Allegro maestoso assai
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PROGRAM NOTES by James Manishen
Red River Sid Robinovitch b. Brandon MB 1942 Red River was commissioned by the Seven Oaks Historical Society to mark the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Selkirk Settlers in Canada. The work reflects various influences that have shaped the character of Manitoba's Red River community – the harmony and discord that is its heritage to this day. The first movement sets the scene for the piece with the repeated figure in the cellos evoking the flowing movement of the river. Modal harmonies recall the native origins of the region. The second movement, with its strong rhythmic thrust, is suggestive of the spirit of venture and enterprise of the people who settled the area from foreign lands. About half way through, we hear the timpani imitating the native drum coupled with a "fife and drum" motif on the clarinet and snare. The initial aggressive material returns but the movement ends. Movement III is a homeward glance at the Scottish origins of the settlers highlighting the flute and harp. Here the interludes feature hymn-like triadic harmonies reminiscent of the settlers' Protestant roots. The final movement brings back the beat of the native drum, building up in speed and intensity to a climax. After a short period of bittersweet reflection, the rhythmic impulse of Movement II returns, this time with sharper dissonances, and forges on to a fortissimo conclusion. - Sid Robinovitch
Piano Concerto No. 1 Ludwig van Beethoven b. Bonn / December 17, 1770 d. Vienna / March 26, 1827 Composed: 1798 First performance: October, 1798 (Prague) with the composer as soloist Beethoven in his twenties was far removed from the common perception of him as a stern persona, where deafness, recurring illnesses and struggles with his mature works had turned the composer into an understandably dour and often uncompromising figure. Conversely, his early years in Vienna were remarkably happy ones, free of the responsibilities of looking after his two brothers who had found work and free of his rough-hewn abusive father who had died soon after Beethoven’s departure from Bonn.
In the same way the young Beethoven had conquered Vienna’s musical appetite, 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn took London by storm in his first appearances during the spring and summer of 1829. Mainstream audiences took to his engaging, brilliantly crafted music. He was a magnificent pianist and an innovative conductor, a painter of near professional level and reportedly could speak English with no trace of German accent. His affluent financial state fed an obsession to travel and with travelling companion Karl Klingemann, Mendelssohn undertook a walking tour of the Scottish highlands that summer.
Mendelssohn’s keen eye and ear absorbed everything, especially the halfruined castle in Holyrood where Mary Stuart lived and where her advisor Rizzio had been killed. “Everything Though mostly self-taught as a pianist, around is broken and moldering and Beethoven’s untamed, impassioned the bright sky shines in” he wrote, playing and bold personality quickly going on to say that he found in the old won over audiences in music-mad chapel the beginning of his Scottish Vienna. Czerny, a pupil of Beethoven’s, Symphony. Continuing on the trip, called Beethoven’s playing “titanic Mendelssohn was also impressed with execution,” though careful to the stormy Isle of Staffa off the Western apologize for the composer’s coast of Scotland. impetuous lack of precision, a far cry Though he started sketching the piece from Mozart’s refined playing, wellin Italy in 1830, Mendelssohn put the remembered among the Viennese drafts aside claiming he could not since Mozart had died just a few quite evoke Scotland’s “misty moods” months before Beethoven’s arrival. while touring such a sun-drenched Beethoven’s star quickly rose, with corresponding financial reward in tow. country like Italy. Though he always called the work his Scottish Symphony, it was completed in Berlin in January Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto is clearly indebted to Mozart and Haydn, 1842, published simply as Symphony No. 3. It was the last symphony he both of whom Beethoven much composed but published before his admired. As expected, their classical Fourth (Italian) and Fifth models are formidably expanded (Reformation) Symphonies. through a wider range of harmony, virtuoso display for the soloist and Mendelssohn refused to attach a general emotional states. Noteworthy program to the Third Symphony. He are the song-like second movement, didn’t particularly like Scottish music with its clarinet solo, and the bracing either, so there is little folk-like melody finale’s Haydn-esque spirit. in the work overall. Instead, he wrote “It is in pictures, ruins and natural Symphony No. 3 “Scottish” surroundings that I find the most Felix Mendelssohn music.” The music’s deeply felt b. Hamburg / February 3, 1809 melancholy and reflection of history d. Leipzig / November 4, 1847 underscore that, elevating the Scottish Composed: 1841-42 Symphony far beyond that of a mere First performance: March 3, 1842 tonal travelogue. (Leipzig) conducted by the composer
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL
Ben Heppner Gala Recital Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor Ben Heppner, tenor John Hess, piano
PROGRAM PROLOGUE: An die Musik
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Wohin? Die Forelle Der Musensohn Widmung, from Myrthen, Op. 25 Intermezzo, from Liederkreis, Op. 39 Waldesgespräch, from Liederkreis, Op. 39 Ich grolle nicht, from Dichterliebe, Op. 48
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Fußreise Verborgenheit Er ist’s
Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
- INTERMISSION The Merry Wives of Windsor: Overture Let My Song Fill Your Heart We’ll Gather Lilacs I’ll Follow My Secret Heart Gold and Silver Waltz I’ll See You Again Be My Love
Otto Nicolai (1810-1849) Ernest Charles (1895-1984) Ivor Novello (1898-1951) Noël Coward (1899-1978) Franz Lehár (1870-1948) Noël Coward Nicholas Brodszky/Sammy Cahn
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
8:00 P.M. 8:00 P.M.
CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL
Mahler 7 Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
PROGRAM Symphony No. 7 in E minor Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Langsam – Allegro risoluto, ma non troppo Nachtmusik (I): Allegro moderato. Molto moderato (Andante) Scherzo: Schattenhaft. Fließend aber nicht zu schnell Nachtmusik (II): Andante amoroso Rondo-Finale: Allegro There will be no intermission
Extra Musicians: Laurel Ridd, flute Laura MacDougall, flute Layla Roberts, flute Caitlin Broms-Jacobs, oboe Tracy Wright, oboe Sharon Atkinson, clarinet Erin Fung, clarinet E-Chen Hsu, clarinet Allen Harrington, bassoon Jim Ewen, bassoon Alan Nagelberg, guitar Skender Sefa, mandolin Tony Cyre, percussion Matt Abraham, percussion Victoria Sparks, percussion Jamie Pham, percussion Ann Germani, harp Liz Dyer, violin Erik Hongisto, trombone Minna Rose Chung, cello
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Personally, Mahler had fallen in love with the beautiful and socially connected Alma Schindler. They by James Manishen married in March 1902 and by November they were parents. By Symphony No. 7 1905, the year of the Seventh Gustav Mahler Symphony, things could not have b. Bohemia / July 7, 1860 been happier for Mahler. His work d. Vienna / May 18, 1911 as director of the Vienna Opera was Composed: 1904-05 First performance: September 19, 1908 stimulating, innovative and much (Prague) conducted by the composer praised. His family life with Alma First WSO performance and two glowing daughters was satisfying. His music was gaining The year 1902 was a recognition. turning point for Mahler, both in his While completing the Sixth compositional views Symphony in 1904 at Maiernigg, and his personal life. Mahler’s country retreat in Where the first four Southern Austria, he quickly wrote of his symphonies the two Andantes that became the comprised a view of the past he “night music” movements of the loved - the great German Seventh Symphony. After a hectic symphonic heritage that looked concert and opera season in back to Brahms and Beethoven Vienna, he returned the next coupled with an intensely personal summer and completed in short juxtaposition of the joys of nature, score the remaining movements of family and love—Mahler’s the Seventh in four weeks. The fully symphonic course dramatically orchestrated score was finished changed with the creation of his early in 1906 and proved to be the Fifth Symphony. Gone were the last work Mahler composed before explicit programs, the voices and his world collapsed between that song materials, the folk time and the premiere in Prague inspiration. Instead came ‘pure’ on September 19, 1908. orchestral works, hardened orchestration, tauter symphonic In 1907 three separate shocks befell narrative and clear direction away the composer, crushing his from anything that smacked of happiness and hastening the end of extra-musical reference. In other his life at just 50 years of age. In words, abstract utterance, for March he resigned from his job at which Mahler continued in the the Vienna Opera, due to a Sixth and Seventh Symphonies. combination of budgetary restrictions, conservatism and Though unclear as to why the muted anti-Semitism. Shortly change, one can argue that it was afterwards, Mahler was diagnosed Mahler’s own corresponding with a serious heart condition and reaction to a general sense advised to avoid strenuous activity. encircling the end of the 19thIn July, his four-year-old daughter century that the social, political Maria died of scarlet fever and and artistic times were becoming diphtheria. Under the weight of all irreparably out of joint. Though this, Mahler had yet to conduct the Mahler never quite explained his premiere of the Seventh Symphony. reasons going forward, a letter he wrote in 1897 to the conductor Alma related that her husband Anton Seidl gives a hint: “Only worked furiously on the when I experience do I compose – preparations, revising the only when I compose do I orchestration and throwing himself experience.” with potentially dangerous intensity into the more than two dozen
rehearsals. Though the premiere won over the musicians and the work was repeated in other cities during Mahler’s lifetime, the Seventh failed to earn widespread acceptance. It is still today regarded among Mahler’s more challenging symphonies to ‘explain,’ compelling as the listening experience certainly is. Mahler was never one to give a programmatic instruction to his symphonies but he did describe the Seventh as “Three night pieces; the finale, bright day, as foundation for the whole, the first movement.” The ‘night music’ was central to the gestation of the work, the idea of night expanded with many permutations, passing from dark to daytime that many have viewed as arising from the tragic nature of the Sixth Symphony to something more hopeful in the Seventh. Opening with a theme in the tenor horn, the enormous first movement signals Mahler’s comment “Here, Nature roars.” A stirring march follows. A shift from E minor to C major in the exposition introduces a sentimental, very Viennese theme in the strings after which Mahler strides ahead developing his motives on a vast scale. The three central movements (Night Music I – Scherzo – Night Music II) are grouped together. Night Music I is one of Mahler’s most vivid creations – a questing voyage of varying C major-minor tonality blanketing images of a watchful, ever shifting evening patrol. The ensuing Scherzo, marked Schattenhaft (“shadow-like”) is a ghostly waltz, unsettling in both its major-minor modes and nightmarish images. The delicate Night Music II is a romantic serenade, its simplicity flavoured with mandolin and guitar in preparation for the boisterous, uninhibited finale with its references to Wagner, Lehar and Mozart, capped off by pealing bells in its brilliant climax.
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
DINNER & A SYMPHONY
CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL
Christmas Spectacular Richard Lee, conductor Ace Burpee, host Al Simmons, entertainer 1 Brian Glow, magician 2 Naomi Forman, soprano 3 Erin Propp, vocalist4
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 Doors Open at 5:00 p.m. Yuletide Cuisine Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Catered by: Concert at 7:30 p.m. Centennial Concert Hall
Larry Roy, guitar 5 Pembina Trails Voices Family of Choirs 6 Momentum Aerial 7 Chai Folk Ensemble 8 Royal Winnipeg Ballet Dancers:9 Katie Bonnell, Jared Ebell
PROGRAM Canadian Brass Christmas Meie Kalikimaka1 Nutcracker: Arabian Dance 9 A Ceremony of Carols: 6 There is No Rose This Little Babe The Frost 4, 5 Polar Express Suite Home Alone: Somewhere in My Memory 6 Mishaela8 Mizmor Laylah8
arr. Luther Henderson Robert Alex Anderson Tchaikovsky Britten
Roy/Propp Alan Silvestri John Williams arr. Peter Wiebe arr. Peter Wiebe
- INTERMISSION L’Arlésienne: Suite No. 2: Farandole Fantasia on Greensleeves 7 Dona Nobis Pacem (A Prayer for Peace)6 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas1 O Holy Night 3, 6 The Bartered Bride: Dance of the Comedians 2 Dans une étable obscure (Lo How A Rose e’er Blooming)* 4, 5 Mame: We Need a Little Christmas6 Holiday Sing-Along
Bizet Vaughan Williams Caccini, arr. Moore arr. Bass Adolphe Adam Smetana Traditional *En mémoire de Jacqueline Roy Jerry Herman arr. Willcocks
Pembina Trails Voices Family of Choirs: Ruth Wiwchar, Artistic Director Minnesingers: Conductor, Debra Yacheson - Pianist, Myrna Hagues PTV Boys TC: Conductor, Dianne Sjoberg - Pianist, Dorcas Windsor Choraliers: Conductor, Andrea Wicha - Pianist, Amanda Hahn-Tomchuk Chorale: Conductor, Monika Lukomska - Pianist, Dorcas Windsor PTV Boys: Co-conductors: Alisa Wiebe and Ruth Wiwchar - Pianist, Leanne Lee Cantemus: Conductor, Ruth Wiwchar - Pianist, Dorcas Windsor PTV Men: Conductor, Janet Brenneman - Pianist, Amanda Hahn-Tomchuk PTV Singers: Co-conductors, Janet Brenneman and Ruth Wiwchar - Pianist, Dorcas Windsor MUSICIANS IN THE MAKING
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL
Mennonite Concertos Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor Rosemary Siemens, violin Leanne Regehr, piano Mennonite Festival Chorus, Rudy Schellenberg, William Baerg and Janet Brenneman, co-directors
PROGRAM Mennonite Hymns Medley
arr. Mike Janzen
The Journey (Violin Concerto No. 2)* (A hymn concerto for violin and orchestra) Echoes of the Past Melodies of the Heart Rhythms of the Soul
Victor Davies (b. 1939)
- INTERMISSION Mennonite Piano Concerto (Piano Concerto No. 1) Sonata Theme and Variations Rondo/Scherzo *World Premiere: commissioned by Golden West Radio
Extra Musicians: Tony Cyre, percussion
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PROGRAM NOTES by Victor Davies
The Journey (Violin Concerto No. 2)
Photo: Tony Nardella
Victor Davies b. Winnipeg, Manitoba / May 1, 1939 Several years ago violinist Rosemary Siemens called me about composing a concerto for her based on hymns (as was The Mennonite Piano Concerto). Rosemary and accompanist Loren Hiebert are well known for their brilliant improvisations on hymns. Rosemary is a versatile performer: concerto soloist, concertmaster for orchestras from student days to Carnegie Hall, with a rising pop music career. To encompass all of her talents in the piece would be a challenge! Elmer and Hilda Hildebrand have commissioned the piece for Rosemary in honour of Golden West Radio’s 50th Anniversary. What has emerged will hopefully reflect her talents as a soloist, as well as her heritage and that of the commissioners and their community: The movements are: 1. Echoes of the Past. A musical mist begins. The violin/the person remembers and longs for the great hymns of the past. The sound of church bells ring out, calling all to come to worship. The violin plays an original theme setting the stage, and fragments of hymns swirl about taking us to the past. Then follow a series of hymns with the violin commenting by way of countermelodies, the original theme returns, church bells chime, a cadenza brings reflection on what we have
From its modest beginning it has been heard world wide live with orchestra (Canada, USA, Europe, China) and in churches/homes/ community halls/ and universities/ (Hymns in this movement include: schools with solo or two pianos. Subsequently it was adapted as the Bringing In The Sheaves, Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling; Oh God Our score for And When They Shall Ask Help In Ages Past; Onward Christian (Dueck Film Productions), Soldiers; Holy Holy Holy Lord God resulting in an LP/CD with pianist Almighty; Guide Me Now O Thou Irmgard Baerg, and Boris Brott Great Jehovah; The Old Rugged conducting the London Symphony Cross, and Oh Power Of Love.) Orchestra. Through the recording, it is heard across the globe on 2. Melodies of the Heart (variations radio: CBC, BBC, NPR, APR, ABC, on Amazing Grace and Nearer My and has become a favourite of God To Thee). classical music listeners worldwide, the most performed contemporary 3. Rhythms of the Soul. Opening classical piece in CBC’s history, and with the hymn that begins The the best selling Canadian classical Mennonite Piano Concerto in the work. celli and basses (Jesu meine Freude –Jesus Priceless Treasure), we then This is its first live performance travel to Latin America, home to with orchestra in Winnipeg since many modern Mennonites. This the premiere. movement is a rondo form ABACA themes etc, and, though The movements are: not immediately apparent, the 1. Sonata: two themes depict an individual torn (a crisis of faith) Latin A theme is a variation on Jesu meine Freude. The B theme is which pull the piano/individual Tell Me The Old Old Story, and the many directions. Near the end a C theme yet another hymn. The new insight is gained and it ends rhythm pulses on until we arrive at with joyous unity of themes and a cadenza for violin and affirmation of faith and life. percussion followed by reprises of 2. Theme and Variations (on Wehrlos the major themes of the 1st and und verlassen (In the Riffed Rock I’m 2nd movement before we sweep Resting). An exploration showing into a climactic statement of Jesu meine Freude to end. the musical possibilities of this beautiful melody for both piano Mennonite Piano Concerto and orchestra, it follows a path of Victor Davies ever more complex variations until Originally called A Mennonite Piano the music returns to the wonderful Concerto, the concerto premiered in simplicity of the theme. 1975 with pianist Irmgard Baerg and the Winnipeg Symphony 3. Rondo/Scherzo (Wie suss tont Sabbatglockenklang – How Sweetly Orchestra, conducted by William Chime The Sabbath Bells) This short Baerg. melody seemed to me perfect as the An idea of Ben Horch, The Concerto main theme to end the Concerto was commissioned by the with a final joyous spritely flourish Mennonite Historical Society, and celebrating faith. The Fast Family Foundation, and I was required to compose the piece from a selection of hymns: 25 from the Mennonite Brethren, and 25 from the General Conference. (Ben said to use as many or as few as I needed.) heard, then Onward Christian Soldiers marches us to the conclusion, with a reprise of mist and the violin’s original theme.
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Barenaked Ladies: Hits and Holiday Songs Richard Lee, conductor Barenaked Ladies: Ed Robertson, guitar/vocals Jim Creeggan, bass/vocals Kevin Hearn, keyboard/guitar/vocals Tyler Stewart, drums/vocals
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Pre-concert performance on the Piano Nobile begins 45 minutes prior to concert Friday, December 7 – University of Manitoba Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music: Holiday Horns Saturday, December 8 – Manitoba Band Association Christmas Tuba Festival Sunday, December 9 – University of Manitoba Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music: Holiday Reeds N o v e m b e r – D e c e m b e r 2 012 I O V E R T U R E 2 3
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL WSO IN BRANDON
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16
3:00 P.M. WESTERN MANITOBA CENTENNIAL AUDITORIUM
Messiah Ivars Taurins, conductor Andriana Chuchman, soprano Kirsten Schellenberg, alto Isaiah Bell, tenor Victor Engbrecht, bass Mennonite Festival Chorus, Rudy Schellenberg, William Baerg & Janet Brenneman, co-directors
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Part the First
- INTERMISSION Part the Second There will be a very brief interval between Parts II and III. Please remain in the hall. Part the Third
Extra Musicians: Will Bonness, harpsichord Cary Denby, organ
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As London’s leading composer, impresario and producer of opera in 1740, Handel was having by James Manishen trouble keeping his Italian-style operatic ventures solvent. English Messiah public taste was moving away George Frideric Handel b. Halle, Prussia/ February 23, 1685 from continental influences d. London, England / April 14, 1759 towards more localized entertainments, spurred on by Composed: 1741 the success of the 1728 satirical First performance: 1742 (Dublin) romp The Beggar’s Opera by Gay Last WSO performance: 2011, Yuri Klaz, conductor and Pepusch. Rumours abounded that Handel was finished. The most celebrated Handel withdrew from public life oratorio of all in the early months of 1741 and time, Messiah seldom ventured out. But that elicits almost an summer, he came across a small involuntary response of book of Biblical texts assembled recognition at the mere mention by Charles Jennens, a wealthy and of its name. One feels the urge pretentious type but a great to want to sing as with no other admirer of the composer. work of its genre, as imperial Handel’s imagination lit up. melody, invention and vision are presented with the matchless Rumour has it that Handel proportion of a theatrical confined himself to his room, master. And for the gift of completing Messiah on Messiah, we literally have to September 14, 1741 in just over thank inches, when, as a young three weeks, but evidence shows man, Handel’s life was saved that the Lord Lieutenant of after a metal frock button Dublin had visited Handel early deflected a sword point in a in 1741 to propose a new work duel! for a series of Dublin charity
Yet for all the visionary qualities in the music’s progression from dark to light, the dramatic strength of Messiah comes not from telling a story. Handel’s theatrical background was inbred when he composed Messiah, but his priority was contemplation of the sacred rather than the dramatic. “I should be sorry if I only entertained them”, Handel told an admirer. “I wished to make them better.” Messiah is an anomaly among Handel’s two dozen oratorios in that, apart from Israel in Egypt, its entire text is drawn from the Bible and is his only oratorio based on the New Testament. Messiah was also the only oratorio presented in a consecrated space during his lifetime.
concerts. Handel traveled to Dublin that November and after the disappointments of London, took much pleasure in being enthusiastically received by the Irish press. Preparations for the premiere went on throughout the winter of 1742. Choristers were recruited from Dublin churches and excitement elevated to fever pitch. The premiere on April 13th 1742 was a triumph. Handel couldn’t wait to take it home to London.
performance to benefit London’s Foundling Hospital, a charity for abandoned children. Such good will further ensured Messiah’s success, inspiring annual performances for the Foundling Hospital up until Handel’s death in 1759. It was the last work Handel directed, just eight days before his death and is the only major Baroque work that has an unbroken performance tradition from the time of its creation to the present day. And of the famous tradition of standing for the Hallelujah Chorus…many explanations have surfaced as to just why King George II decided to stand at that point thereby commanding the audience to do the same: Did the King need to stretch his legs after an hour of sitting, exacerbated perhaps by gout? In standing, did the King see himself as Lord of Lords just as the Hallelujah Chorus states Christ as King of Kings? Did King George take the first four notes as the national anthem? History denies us the reason, but another perhaps questionable story is more reflective of our response to this incomparable section of Messiah: Reportedly Handel's assistant walked into Handel's room after shouting to him for several minutes with no response. When the assistant entered, he found Handel in tears. Holding up the score to the Hallelujah Chorus he said, “I thought I saw the face of God.”
In London however, it was felt that Messiah’s texts would be compromised by performances in theatres propagated by actors of questionable morals. Messiah received a few subsequent performances but had to wait until more liberal times arrived in 1750 when Handel staged a
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WSO MUSICIAN PROFILES Gwen Hoebig
Instrument: Violin & Concertmaster
Instrument: Violin & Associate Concertmaster
Instrument: Violin & Assistant Concertmaster
Joined WSO: 1987
Joined WSO: 1996
Joined WSO: 1997
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Prince George, BC
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
What is one of your most memorable live performances? Leading the Orchestra des Jeunes du Quebec with Joseph Silverstein as soloist. This cadenza was so amazing I forgot to blink and I had contacts in!
If you could have dinner with one historical figure, who would that be? Antonio Stradivari
What is one of your most memorable live performances? Playing with the Jimmy Storr polka band
What do you enjoy most about being part of the WSO? Making music with friends.
Hobbies? Sewing and gardening.
What do you enjoy most about being part of the WSO? Camaraderie with my wonderful colleagues.
Instrument: Violin and Principal Librarian
Hometown: St. John's, Newfoundland
Joined WSO: 1972
Who was your idol growing up? Wayne Gretzky
Hometown: Born in Romania (Bucharest), went to school in Chicago
Pre-concert routine: Being the librarian, I am checking Favourite piece to play: things before every concert but I Anything by Brahms. do a quick warm up of scales just If you weren’t a musician, what to get the fingers limber. would you be? If you weren’t a musician, what Architect. would you be? Veterinarian or something to do with animals.
Joined WSO: 2005
What is one of your most memorable live performances? The Lord of the Rings film score at the MTS Centre.
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
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Joined WSO: 1990
Joined WSO: 1999
Hometown: Victoria, BC
What is one of your most memorable live performances? Shostakovich No. 10 with Andrey Boreyko
When did you start playing your instrument? Six years old. I was inspired by my Dad’s excitement at seeing another 6-year old play the violin, so I wanted to try.
Inspiration: My daughter.
Hobbies: Following hockey – I’m a Jets season ticket holder.
Instrument: Violin Joined WSO: 2004 Hometown: Winnipeg, MB When did you start playing your instrument? When I was six years old my parents gave me a violin. I didn’t object. What is your favourite restaurant to go to after a WSO concert? Segovia. Pretty much anything on the menu is amazing. I like to start with a glass of cara and finish with a Nils’ date.
Joined WSO: 2002
Joined WSO: 1990
Joined WSO: 2006
Hometown: Montreal, QC
Hometown: Nanjing, China
Inspiration: My last violin teacher Lorand Fenyves who unfortunately passed away a few years ago and who is the reason why I play violin today.
Favourite piece to play? Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be? I thought about becoming a dentist at some point…
What do you enjoy most about being part of the WSO? Touring.
When did you start playing your instrument? At age of 5. My father is a violinist in the Indianapolis Symphony and I wanted to be just like him! If you could have dinner with one historical figure, who would that be? Leonardo da Vinci.
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Scottish Symphony: A Selkirk Settlers Celebration
Ben Heppner Gala Recital
Joshua Weilerstein Immediately after completing his graduate studies in conducting and violin at the New England Conservatory in May 2011, Joshua Weilerstein was named assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic. In May 2009, Joshua, then twenty-one years old, was named the winner of the international 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen. His firstprize honors included conducting engagements over three years with such major Scandinavian orchestras as the Oslo Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Danish National Symphony, among others. One month later, in the first of this series of Malko engagements, Joshua made his professional conducting debut with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
Beatrice Rana In June 2011, 18 year-old Beatrice Rana won First Prize at the Montreal International Music Competition becoming its first Italian and youngest winner ever. Then described by Le Devoir as “not just a pianist, but most of all an artist,” Beatrice also won all the other special prizes, gaining the attention of audiences and critics and positioning herself as one of the most promising talents of the new generation.
Ben Heppner Ben Heppner is recognized worldwide as the finest dramatic tenor before the public today. He excels in the most challenging roles and is acclaimed in music capitals around the world for his beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship and sparkling dramatic sense. His performances on the opera stage, in concert with the world's leading orchestras, in the most prestigious recital venues, and in recordings have set new standards in his demanding repertoire. Ben performs throughout Europe and North America. Fans have enjoyed his concerts at some of the most famous venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Metropolitan Opera. A student of music at the University of British Columbia, he first gained national attention in 1979 as the winner of the Canadian Broadcasting Company Talent Festival. In December 1998, CBC television's Something Special featured Ben Heppner in an hour-long portrait of the artist. He is a 1988 winner of the Metropolitan Opera auditions and has received both a Grammy Award and a Juno Award. In 2002, Ben was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Born to a family of musicians in 1993, Beatrice made her debuts as a soloist with orchestra at the age of 9, performing Bach Concerto in F minor and, since then, has been a guest of festivals throughout Europe and North America.
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ARTIST BIOS John Hess John Hess is the recognized authority on contemporary opera and song in Canada and is Co-Artistic Director of Toronto’s Queen of Puddings Music Theatre. He has been involved with the creation of many new productions for the Canadian Opera Company and has collaborated with virtually every contemporary opera company in Canada. At the Banff Centre for the Arts, he served as Associate Artistic Director of the 20th Century Opera and Song program. John is equally in demand as a vocal coach and pianist. He works regularly with Ben Heppner in Canada along with many other singers and instrumentalists of note.
Christmas Spectacular DECEMBER 1
Ace Burpee Ace is host of the Ace Burpee Show with Chrissy Troy on 103.1 Virgin Radio, as well as the host of Great Tastes of Manitoba on CTV. He is well known as an in-demand host for community events and famous for his incredible commitment to a broad range of charities and causes in our province. Ace was raised in Cooks Creek, Manitoba, but now calls Winnipeg home.
Al Simmons He's a musician! He’s an inventor! He's a nut! He’s been called the Thomas Edison of entertainers, a wizard of oneliners and a lightning bolt of lunacy. His astounding gadgets, preposterous songs, impeccable comic timing and kooky take on classic vaudeville
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have thrilled and entertained fans of all ages for over 4 decades. Juno Award winner Al Simmons is a creative genius whose highly original performances of profound wackiness and of offthe-wall inventions have taken the arts of Music and Comedy to unparalleled heights of hilarity. Young or old, you cannot fail to appreciate this man’s frenetic stage antics and mind-boggling lovableness.
Brian Glow Thousands of companies have fought over getting Brian Glow to entertain at their event since 1973! Brian has been creating excitement and laughter for his Corporate Clients in over 40 countries because he speaks the international language of FUN. From boardrooms to arenas he has produced amazing productions that integrate the client’s theme, message, product or service into a customized show that goes far beyond expectation into motivation, team building and integrated learning. The ultimate goal is always of being the most memorable experience for attendees ever imaginable!
Naomi Forman Naomi Forman is a soprano who refuses to be put in a box. Not one to be typecast, her interests range from Bach to Broadway. The Edmonton Sun described her as a singer who could act, and the Winnipeg Free Press hailed her as an actor who could sing! As a voice teacher at Brandon University, she is applauded for her innovative and inspirational teaching savvy. She is a member of the Artistic Committee of the Brandon Chamber Players and is a sought-after voice and speech arts adjudicator at music festivals across western Canada.
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Erin Propp and Larry Roy Performing and songwriting duo Erin Propp and Larry Roy have found a special chemistry in their collaboration. Erin Propp’s voice has been turning heads since she was a teenager growing up in Southern Manitoba. She has a crystalline sound, unaffected delivery, and an irresistible emotional frankness. Her performances are full of beauty and high-artistry. A recent graduate of the Jazz Studies program, Erin has given technical and artistic grounding to her folk roots. Larry Roy is a highprofile figure in Winnipeg’s music community. His jazz guitar has been a welcome addition to stages and recordings for several decades–his recordings include Wicked Grin with Steve Kirby and Quarter to Three with Marilyn Lerner. Larry is also a sought-after as an award winning producer/recording engineer. He has composed for film and television, and is a faculty member in the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Manitoba. Together, Larry and Erin write songs that are provocative and intimate.
Pembina Trails Voices Family of Choirs Pembina Trails Voices (PTV) has been thrilling audiences for thirty-one years! PTV is comprised of choristers from Kindergarten through Grade 12 in nine choirs reflecting their various stages of vocal and musical development. PTV choirs are consistent winners in festivals and competitions, locally, provincially, nationally as well as internationally, demonstrating the choirs’s unwavering quest for excellence! PTV tours have taken choristers from locations in Manitoba and the U.S. to festivals and competitions across Canada, Europe and Latin America. Locally, the choirs are in demand as guest artists with the
WSO, MCO, Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir and The Winnipeg Singers. The choirs are thrilled to be in concert with the WSO and look forward to performing “Brundibar” with the MCO in March 2013.
Momentum Aerial Momentum Aerial is comprised of performers who share a background of dance, gymnastics, and the aerial arts. The performance group is dedicated to bringing dance, acrobatics, and the circus arts of aerial fabric, hoop, and trapeze together in the spirit of exploration to create exciting new works for Winnipeg audiences in both indoor and outdoor venues. Co-directors and choreographers Monica Goermann and Liz Cooper believe in inspiring artistry, creativity, and self-confidence in their troupe members through collaboration, the use of new and innovative equipment and in highlighting individual talents.
Chai Folk Ensemble The Chai Folk Ensemble has been widely acclaimed as North America's oldest and largest Israeli folk dance ensemble. Founded in 1964 by the late Sarah Sommer, Chai has built an international reputation for the unique blend of international dance, music and song that gives it its name… Hebrew for "alive." A truly all-encompassing Jewish cultural experience, Chai is made up of more than 40 dancers, singers and musicians. It is the only Israeli folk ensemble in North America to perform exclusively to live musical accompaniment.
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ARTIST BIOS Katie Bonnell
A native of Oakville, Ontario, Katie began her dance studies with Virginia Fleming at the Fleming School of Performing Arts and trained with Sarah Shorney at Balletomane. Katie began her studies in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in 2008 and graduated in 2011. Currently, Katie is part of the RWB Aspirant Program. She aspires to join a professional ballet company and would love to dance the role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake.
Leanne Regehr is a versatile pianist who has worked in opera, choral, recital and symphonic settings across North America. She studied piano with Irmgard Baerg, who premiered The Mennonite Piano Concerto by Victor Davies, at Concord College (now Canadian Mennonite University). Leanne explored further studies at the University of Alberta, the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg, and the Aspen Music Festival, before completing her Doctor of Music in Piano Performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Jared Ebell Jared grew up in Nanoose Bay, British Columbia before being accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division in 2009. Jared has performed in Giselle (2011) and Swan Lake (2010) with the RWB Company and this past summer, participated in a student exchange with the New Zealand School of Dance. He is currently an Aspirant working with the RWB Company. SPECIALS
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Rosemary Siemens Known for her versatility, passion, musicianship, and style, violinist Rosemary Siemens has mesmerized audiences the world over since the age of three. Equally comfortable with Classical and Pop music, her diverse talents and improvisational skills have led to countless performance opportunities, including debuting a combined hip-hop/classical concert at New York's Carnegie Hall; performing as the first instrumentalist ever at St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican; playing at the Latin Grammy's in Miami; entertaining at numerous private concerts, including for Donald Trump at his estate Mar-ALago in Palm Beach; and even opening Hockey Night in Canada. 3 6 O V E R T U R E I N o v e m b e r – D e c e m b e r 2 012
Mennonite Festival Chorus Rudy Schellenberg, William Baerg and Janet Brenneman, co-directors The Mennonite Festival Chorus made its debut in 1985 under the distinguished leadership of Robert Shaw, together with the WSO in Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem. Following that auspicious beginning, it twice appeared at the International Choral Festival in Toronto with the TSO: in 1989 with Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Robert Shaw) and in 1993 with Britten’s War Requiem (Bramwell Tovey). Together with the WSO, the choir has performed works by Mahler, Handel, Bach, Dvorˇák, Haydn, Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Arvo Pärt. Last season the choir sang Handel's Messiah (Rudy Schellenberg, conductor) and Bach's St. John Passion (Jane Glover, conductor). MFC is a highly select core of choristers from Winnipeg and surrounding communities, many of whom are regular members of other choirs, including those of Canadian Mennonite University. Mennonite Festival Chorus is codirected by William Baerg, Professor Emeritus, and Rudy Schellenberg, Associate Professor of Music, both at CMU, and Janet Brenneman.
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Co-director, Mennonite Festival Chorus Rudy Schellenberg is Associate Professor of Music at Canadian Mennonite University, teaching in the areas of choral music, conducting and church music. He conducts the CMU Chamber Choir and Men's Chorus, which, together with other CMU choirs have a busy performance schedule, including regular engagements at the WSO's New Music Festival.
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William Baerg Co-director, Mennonite Festival Chorus No stranger to the Winnipeg choral scene, William Baerg, Professor Emeritus of Canadian Mennonite University, has conducted choirs here and across Canada for over four decades. Since the mid-nineteen sixties, he has collaborated with the WSO in performances spanning the entire repertoire from Scheutz to Stravinsky, as well as taken great delight in bringing the finest international choral conductors to Winnipeg such as Robert Shaw and Helmuth Rilling. Dr. Baerg was recently honoured by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra with the Golden Baton Award for his distinguished contribution to the Canadian choral scene. He is married to pianist Irmgard Baerg.
Ed Robertson, Tyler Stewart, Kevin Hearn, and Jim Creeggan form the Toronto based music group, the Barenaked Ladies. This fun loving foursome has been dazzling audiences since first forming in 1988. Following the release of Gordon, the Barenaked Ladies have since sold over 14 million albums worldwide, racked up 8 Juno Awards, and multiple Grammy nominations. The band has a plethora of hit songs including, One Week, The Old Apartment, Pinch Me, and If I had a $1,000,000, as well as the theme song for the hit CBS sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. BNL’s most recent album, Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before! is the group’s 11th studio album, featuring ten unissued tracks and a pair of previously released rarities. The album features songs such as One Week, Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!, I Don’t Get It Before all recorded between 1992 and 2003. In support of their most recent release, BNL embarked on a U.S. summer tour dubbed Last Summer On Earth with Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Cracker. For more information on the Barenaked Ladies, please visit www.barenakedladies.com.
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One of the most sought-after oratorio singers in Manitoba, Kirsten Schellenberg is “always a treat to hear” and is considered “one of Manitoba’s most consistent singers,” says The Winnipeg Free Press. Kirsten has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and the MusicBarock Ensemble and enjoyed guest appearances with the Musical Offering, Southern Manitoba Concerts, the Mennonite Festival Chorus, the Mennonite Oratorio Choir and the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir.
Ivars Taurins Equally at home conducting symphonic and choral repertoire, Ivars Taurins is founding director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, and was also principal violist of the Tafelmusik Orchestra for its first 23 years. Under his direction the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir has been widely praised for its clarity, nuance and brilliance, and in 1991 was awarded the Canada Council’s Healey Willan Prize “in recognition of the consistently high level of achievement by the choir and its unique contribution to choral art in Canada.” A passionate lecturer and teacher, Ivars teaches conducting and baroque ensembles at the University of Toronto.
A Bach specialist, she has consistently received high praise for her performances of St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Magnificat, Mass in b minor and Christmas Oratorio. Her voice has been described as “ideally suited for oratorio work” and she has been acclaimed as “a young Maureen Forrester” by the Winnipeg Free Press.
Andriana Chuchman This season, Canadian soprano Andriana Chuchman makes her Canadian Opera Company debut as Olympia in Tales of Hoffmann and returns to the Toronto Symphony for performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, the Michigan Opera Theater for staged performances of Orff ’s Carmina Burana and Menotti’s The Medium as well as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the Edmonton Opera as YumYum. Born in Winnipeg, Andriana received her Bachelor's Degree in Voice Performance from the School of Music at the University of Manitoba. She was a prize winner at the Finals of the 2009 Neue Stimmen Competition in Germany, and received a Sullivan Foundation Encouragement Award in 2007. 3 8 O V E R T U R E I N o v e m b e r – D e c e m b e r 2 012
Isaiah Bell Tenor Isaiah Bell, originally from British Columbia, is in his second season with l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. He has studied at the University of Victoria, Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program, and his most recent solo performances include Messiah with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Victoria Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia and Victoria Symphony; and Mozart’s Requiem, in performance with the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Festival Chorus of Calgary. In upcoming performances, he will perform in Rossini and his Muses: The Big Banquet with the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, as the Evangelist in the St. Matthew Passion, with the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul with Ensemble Caprice and in the Saskatoon Opera’s presentation of Don Pasquale as Ernesto. Isaiah is the first prize winner in Voice at the 2009 National Music Festival.
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Victor Engbrecht Victor Engbrecht has been singing since high school. After winning the Rose Bowl trophy at the Winnipeg Music Competition Festival in 1983, he has performed with a number of Winnipeg’s premiere musical arts organizations including the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, the Mennonite Festival Chorus, The Winnipeg Singers, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the celebrated choral ensemble, Canzona, under the direction of his father Henry Engbrecht. He has had the privilege of studying with singers of renown including Leopold Simoneau at Canada Opera Picola in Victoria, Patricia Kern at the University of Toronto, and Henriette Schellenberg at the Canadian Mennonite University. He works in the agricultural industry at a local farm equipment dealer, and serves as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ in his home church. Victor and his wife Eileen have seven children and they live near Winnipeg.
Al Alexandruk Mal Anderson Carol Bellringer Marilyn Billinkoff Doneta Brotchie John and Bonnie Buhler Edmund Dawe Greg Doyle Julia De Fehr Susan Feldman Jamie Dolynchuk Barbara Filuk Wally Fox-Decent Jack Fraser Elba Haid Helen Hayles Kaaren Hawkins Sherrill Hershberg Ian Kay Roger King Bill Knight Michel Lagacé Zina Lazareck
Gail Leach Dr. Hermann Lee Naomi Levine Bill Loewen Dr. Brendan MacDougall Don MacKenzie Bill Marr Michael Nozick Harvey Pollock Dr. William Pope John Rademaker Kathleen Richardson George & Tannis Richardson Ed Richmond Lorne Sharfe William Shead Graeme Sifton Joanne Sigurdson Bonnie Staples-Lyon Brenlee Carrington Trepel Dennis Wallace
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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. Johnston Group Inc. Qualico Principal Chair $5,000 - $9,999 Montrose Mortgage Corporation National Leasing Premier Printing Ltd. 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 Long & McQuade Musical Instruments Payworks Inc. Peerless Garments LP PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Silpit Industries Co. Ltd Music Stand $500 - $999 Coghlan's Limited Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd. Price Industries Limited Florence & Sheldon Berney Number Ten Architectural Group InterGroup Consultants Ltd. Piston Ring Service Pollard Banknote Limited Red River Co-Operative Ltd. Robinson Lighting Ltd. Strata Benefits Consulting Inc. True Value Hardware & V. & S. Dept. Stores Riser Under $500 A. Akman & Son Ltd. Con-Pro Industries Canada Ltd. M. Morris W. Dorosh Mid West Packaging Limited Patill/St. James Insurance
Foundations The Noreen & Robert Allen Charitable Trust Aqueduct Foundation - Inga and Anna Storgaard Fund Francofonds Inc. Marjory Alexander Graham & Family Fund Gerald M. Hechter & Agnes Hechter Fund in Honour of Max & Ethel Hechter & Elizabeth Fleischmann Houston Family of Bradwardine Fund, the Winnipeg Foundation George Warren Keates Memorial Fund C.P. Loewen Family Foundation Inc. Lutz Family Foundation The Mauro Family Foundation John and Carolynne McLure Fund Morden Area Foundation Private Giving Foundation Richardson Foundation Perce & Elizabeth Schirmer Foundation Leslie John Taylor Fund, the Winnipeg Foundation The Tallman Foundation James Thompson Memorial Fund in Trust of WSO Terracon Development Ltd. The Winnipeg Foundation
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.
Lucienne Blouw 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 George and Tannis Richardson Trudy Schroeder June Slobodian Muriel Smith Robin Wiens & Émilie Lagacé-Wiens Donn K. Yuen 2 Anonymous
Major Gifts Dr. David Lyttle, In Support of Education Ruth Carol & Len Podheiser, In Support of Music Connections
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 Silver Baton $5,000 - $9,999 Greg Doyle and Carol Bellringer Mrs. Audrey F. Hubbard Dr. Terry Klassen & Ms. Grace Dueck Muriel Smith Concertmaster's Bow $2,500 - $4,999 Gail Asper & Michael Paterson Bill & Margaret Fast Timothy & Barbara Burt James Gibbs Mr. Frank Fred Gladky Kevin & Els Kavanagh* Drs. Eleanor & Grant MacDougall John Mansfield & Pam Simmons* Michael Nozick & Cheryl Ashley Lawrie & Fran Pollard George & Tannis Richardson* Hartley & Heather Richardson In Memory of 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
Dr. & Mrs. John & Leah Bracken Brenlee Carrington Trepel & Brent Trepel Morley & Marjorie Blankstein C.M., O.M. Mrs. Lucienne Blouw Harry & Doneta Brotchie Bonnie & John Buhler Herb & Erna Buller James Carr Ms. Patricia Chaychuk Jan & Kevin Coates James Cohen & Linda McGarva-Cohen Art & Leona DeFehr Dorothy Dobbie Douglas C. Everett, Chairman, Domo Gasoline Corporation Limited Philipp R. & Ilse K. Ens Ms. Barbara Filuk* Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Frieman Dr. & Mrs. Albert D. Friesen Dr. & Mrs. Percy Goldberg Drs. Daya & Chander Gupta Mr. & Mrs. Kerry Hawkins Joanne Gudmundson & Brian Oleson Richard & Carol Jones Michael & Glenna Kay Mr. Richard J. Lee Paul Leinburd Ted & Wanda Lismer Dr. Judith Littleford Ms. Ann Loewen Charles Loewen Ms. Gail E. Loewen Suzanne & Graham Lount Jackie Lowe Dr. David Lyttle David Mann Elaine & Neil Margolis Judy and Ken Murray Wayne & Linda Paquin Mr. & Mrs. W.B. Parrish Diane Payment & Roxroy West Lesia Peet Dr. Blair Peters Dental Corporate & Dr. Beryl Peters Harvey I. Pollock Q.C. Dr. Bill Pope & Dr. Elizabeth Tippett-Pope* Mr. & Mrs. Gerald V. Price John & Violet Rademaker Dr. Diane Ramsey Dr. Donald S. Reimer & Mrs. Anne Reimer Jim & Leney Richardson* Mrs. Shirley Richardson Mr. Rick Riess & Mrs. Jean Carter Sandy & Debbie Riley Mr. Terry Sargeant Cheryl & Lorne Sharfe
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Jimmy & Morse Silden Jack & Elaine Sine Karl & Stephanie Stobbe Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Dudley & Eleanor Thompson Arni Thorsteinson & Susan Glass Trudy Schroeder Ewa Tarsia Mr. Richard Turner Edward & Irene Warkentin Don & Florence Whitmore Klaus & Elsa Wolf Dr. & Mrs. Klaus Wrogemann Ivy & Norval Young *Founding Members
Friends of the WSO help support the WSO’s artistic programs each season. Members enjoy special benefits that bring Friends closer to the music, guest artists and WSO musicians.
Honourary Chair Gwen Hoebig, Concertmaster Symphony $600 + All Charities Campaign Len & Mary Bateman David & Gillian Bird Lorraine and Gerry Cairns Pierce Cairns Pamela & Andrew Cooke John & Gay Docherty Carrie Ferguson Delores Gembey Robert & Linda Gold Michael & Hélène Hoffer Mr. Donald K. Johnson June & Lawrence Jones Millie & Wally Kroeker M.L. Kuntzemueller W.K. Labies Marjory Alexander Graham & Family Fund Gord & Sherratt Moffatt Valerie Mollison In Memory of Jean Mooney Terry & Vi Moore Lesia Peet Mrs. Marina Plett-Lyle Dr. & Mrs. Brian Postl Jim & Pat Richtik Ms. Charlotte Robbins Frank Stewart & Elaine Parent Jim & Jan Tennant Mr. Peter van Dijken & Dr. Lorelie Mitchell Dr. & Mrs. Willem T.H. van Oers
Jesse Vorst Raymond & Shirley Wiest Joan Wright 1 Anonymous Concerto $300 - $599 Judy & Jay Anderson Gorden Andrus & Adele Kory Margaret-Lynne & Jim Astwood Ms. Margaret Barbour Cheryl & Earl Barish Monty & Mary-Claire Bell Mark & Zita Bernstein Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. C.R. Betts Helga & Gerhard Bock Sheila & David Brodovsky Mr. & Mrs. F. Buckmaster Gail Carruthers Bruno Gossen & Solange Chabannes Ms. Nancy G. Cipryk Ms. Julie Collings Dr. & Mrs. David Connor Barbara Cook John Corp & Mary Elizabeth McKenzie Gary & Fiona Crow Ted & Margaret Cuddy Sally R. Dowler Dr. Joseph N.H. Du Marten & Joanne Duhoux Mrs. Elfrieda H. Dupuis Kathleen & David Estey Peerless Garments LP Ms. Jo-Ann Finney Marcia Fleisher Penny Gilbert Mrs. C Gordon Dr. & Mrs. W. L. Gordon Patricia Guy Mary & Gregg Hanson Mr. & Mrs. Allen Hattie Mr. Daniel Heindl Jack & Elsie Hignell Sonia & Harvey Hosfield Robert Jaskiewicz Mr. Leroy M. Johnson Marianne Johnson David & Diane Johnston Drs. Keith & Gwyneth Jones Penny & Gerald Kalef Koren & Leonard Kaminski J. Gartner & L. Kampeas Mr. & Mrs. Burton J. Kennedy Maureen Kilgour & Richard Goulet Dr. I. Kinizsi Susan & Keith Knox T.G. Kucera Ms. F Lesage Yetta and Jack Levit James & Pat Ludwig Andrew Lutz Douglas MacEwan Pat & Murray Macrae Mr. & Mrs. Steven & Melanie Maksymyk
Dr. & Mrs. John & Natalie Mayba Mrs. Maureen McIntosh Mrs. E. L. McLandress Robert Mondy Vera Moroz Drs. Kenneth & Sharon Mould Bonnie & Richard Olfert Shelley Parham & David Smith Mr. David Pike Vic & Gwen Pinchin Donna & Ian Plant Ms. Danuta Podkomorska Carolynne Presser Rosemary Prior Fred & Carolyn Redekop Ms. Iris Reimer Levi & Tena Reimer Donald & Karen Ross Judge & Mrs. Charles & Naida Rubin Hans & Gabriele Schneider Dr. & Mrs. A. N. Schroeder Merrill & Shayna Shulman Winnifred Sim Mr. David H. Skinner E. Stamp Harold & Brenda Standing Curtis & Lorane Steiman Gary & Gwen Steiman Dr. & Mrs. M.R. Steinbart Dr. Lea Stogdale L. & P. Talbot Patricia Walker Ms. Donna Webb Mr. & Mrs. R. John & Diane Weselake Harry & Evelyn Wray 4 Anonymous Serenade $150 - $299 Ross & Doreen Adamson Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Susan Allen Trish Allison-Simms Mr. Stuart Attwood and Michele Dupuis George & Eleanore Balacko Dick & Minnie Bell R.C. Bellan Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Bethune Mr. & Mrs. A.D. Brady Paul & Doreen Bromley Sel & Chris Burrows Carol A. Cassels Ron Clement Mrs. Joyce Cooper Ms. Helle Cosby M. & G. Crielaard Dennis & Ruth Cook Ms. Linda Daniels Mrs. Maureen Danzinger Bob & Alison Darling Hy & Esther Dashevsky Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Dingman Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence & Brenda Donald
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Tim Preston & Dave Ling Mary Redekopp Reynold Redekopp J. Reichert Levi & Tena Reimer Eleanor Riach Olga & Bill Runnalls Alixe Ryles Mr. Johnny Rule Salangad & Ms. Pearly Rule Salangad F.E. Sanderson Dr. Robert J. Schroth Mr. Gunter Schupke Ms. Barb Shipley Louis & Shirley Ann Simkulak David & Lorraine Smith Ms. Brenda Snider Gordon & Darby Spafford Mr. & Mrs. R.P. Spear Mr. & Mrs. Starodub Mr. Herbert Stewart Margaret & Hartley Stinson Dr. V. Marie Storrie Dr. & Mrs. David Swatek Lori & Tom Thomas Mr. & Mrs. Bruce S. Thompson Ms. Marilyn Thompson C. & R. Thomsen Lee Treilhard Susan & Kerr Twaddle Ms. Rosemarie van Der Hooft Dr. & Mrs. F.C. Violago Douglas & Janet Watson Mr. Paul Wiebe Mr. Herbert W. Wildeman Ron & Shirley Williams Elma & Charles Wilson Dianne Wilt & Keith Millan Melanie Wood Karin Woods 14 Anonymous Prelude $75 - $149 P. Achtemichuk Patricia Allen Doug Arrell & Dick Smith Mr. Philip Ashdown Jack Atchison Ray & Barb Bailey Allan & Rochelle Baker Ms. Margaret Barbour Rosemary & David Barney Robert Barton Audrey Belyea Eric Bergen Donald & Edith Besant Lorne & Marilyn Billinkoff William & Heather Birtles Frances Booth Ted Bock & Liane Chalmers Marnie Bolland Mr. & Mrs. A. K. Bolton Norma Bortoluzzi Mrs. Jean M. Bradley Mrs. Ruth Bredin Lorne & Rosada Bride Mr. Robert Briercliffe Miss Dorothy Broomhall Mr. & Mrs. E. & M. Mavis Brown
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Glenn Nicholls B. & J. Nielsen Edgar Oddleifson Mr. & Mrs. Kiem Oen J.T. & Karen Ogden Truus Oliver Theda Olson Mr. & Dr. Grant W. Pastuck In Memory of Mary Patterson Pat Patterson Mrs. Betty Peddie Mr. & Mrs. Wayne & Joy Peirson Holly Penner Mrs. June Perron Ms. Pat Philpott Sylvia & Earl Pitch Mr. & Mrs. Ron Polinsky Blumie Portnoy Mr. & Mrs. Sam Potter Don & Carol Poulin Donna & Gordon Price R. Publow Eric & Erna Pullam Bryan & Diana Purdy Mrs. Carol Pyper Mrs. Evelyn Ramsay Juta Rathke Ms. Marjorie Reed George & Lois Reenders Mrs. Esther Remis Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Rerie Waltraut Riedel-Baun Mr. & Mrs. Robert & Vera Ripley Ms. Barbara Robertson Donald & Karen Ross Frances E. Rowlin Mr. John Russell John & Wendy Russell Bill Sands Dr. Brent Schacter A. Schroeder R. Schroeder Shirley Schroeder Walter & Dorothea Schultz Mr. John Schwandt Mr. Ken Schykulski Charlene Scouten Ms. Jan Seaman Dr. L. Sekla Mrs. Doreen Shanks Shirley E. Sherwood Garth Simonson Dr. Don & Lynne Simonson Geri & Peter Spencer Nicola Lindley Starin Dan & Elsie Stasiuk Ms. Helena Stelsovsky Elva G. Stevens Mr. & Mrs. Lorne & Lorna Stevens Ms. Linda Sturgeon Ron Surcon Juris & Aija Svenne Jo Swartz & Richard Silverman Dr. & Mrs. S. Szirom Dr. & Mrs. John Taylor Ms. Anne Thiessen June & Lorne Thompson Lorna & Dr. Ken Thorlakson
Robert & Barb Tisdale Edith A. Toews Dr. Helen A. Toews Carol & Neil Trembath Mrs. Yoko Tsuyuki Dr. & Mea. Jose & Ruth Vasconcelos Hugo & Anny Veldhuis Dr. & Mrs. Eric Vickar Bill & Brenda Voort Miss A. H. Wagstaffe Elizabeth M. Wall Jim & Joan Warbeck Jack & Bernice Watts Mrs. Gwen M. Welsh Mrs. Evelyn Wener J. Whyte Dorcas & Kirk Windsor Patrick Wright Mr. John Yarema Mr. Edwin Yee Vicky Young Mr. Donn K. Yuen, in Honour of Margaret Kuntzemueller's 90th Birthday 26 Anonymous Sonatina Under $75 Joyce Aitken Jacqueline Anderson Mr. M. Richard Arcand Mr. & Mrs. Brian & Janice Bailey Mr. Cliff Barrett Veronique Barthet Ms. D. Beaven Gertie and Asher Begleiter Mrs. Margaret Bellhouse Mrs. Eva Berard Balram & Carole Bhakar Dr. Eric R. Bohm Barbara Bohune Ms. Ingrid Bolbecher Norma Bortoluzzi Edythe M. Brown Dr. Jeff & Madeline Brown Narendra Budhia Mr. Alfred Buelow Lydia Bulat Ms. Sheila Burland Mr. & Mrs. Cantor Mrs. Audrey Cassels Betty & Bruce Catchpole Robert Charbonneau Mrs. Ella Chenkie Mrs. Patti Cherney Ms. Claudia Chernitsky Ms. Aileen Gail Chmeliuk Melina Chow S.K. Clark Ross M. Cleeve Ms. Katherine Cobor Ms. Patricia A. Coleman Ms. Doreen Conlin Glynis Corkal Mr. Alfred Cornies Mr. James Cory Stephen Crane Barrie & Sally Cranston Ms. Judy Crawford
Mr. & Mrs. R. J. Crawley M. & G. Crielaard J. & B. Croxford Mr. Raymond E. Cunningham Mr. Bradley J. Curran Ms. Jean Curtis June Curtis D. Cymbalist Margaret Redekop D & E De Graff Mr. Rowland Del Bigio Beth Derraugh Ms. M. Jane Dick Marlene & Fred Dickson Sylvia Dixon Mrs. Enid Dorward Mr. Dennis J. Doyle Mrs. Norma Drosdowech Ms. Wanda Drury Mr. & Mrs. Peter Eibisch Cheryl Elias Margaret Ellis Dr. & Mrs. Willie R. Falk Vera & Peter Fast David & Ruth Ferguson Laurel Fife Cal & Lois Finch Mrs. Sheryl Fowler Ms. Margaret Franz Glen & Florence Fraser Mrs. Gitta Fricke Ms. Anne Friesen Mr. & Mrs. George & Carol Gamby Mrs. Marietta L. Garry Mr. Daymond Gauthier Jim & Betty Gaynor Mrs. Cathy Gervais Ms. Barbara Gessner Marilyn Gilbert Marybet & Jim Gilroy Mr. Laurent Gimenez Les & Doreen Girling Linda Graham Mrs. Inga Granovskaya John & Louise Greenaway Ms. Cheryl M. Greenwood Donna Grescoe Dojack Ms. Victoria Gretchen Jim & Lorraine Griffiths Ms. Marianne Gruber Ms. Marion Guinn Dr. Dina Guth Mr. & Mrs. Jeff & Debbie Hall Irene Hamerton Gertrude Hamilton Ms. Heather Hartry Nora Harvey Mrs. Sylvia Haverstick Dr. & Mrs. J.C. Haworth Jane Hayakawa Olga Hembroff Max & Eleanor Herst Ms. Shirley Hicks Jean Highmoor Mrs. Kathy Hildebrand Robyn Hoeppner Ms. Catherine Holmes Mr. Martin Horseman Ken Howard
Mrs. Carole Hreno Roberta & Larry Hurtig Jacqueline Iwasienko Bob & Vi Jacob Neoma Jantz Pat Jarrett David Jenkins Mr. Bruno Jessop Ms. Jayne Laverne Kapac Dr. & Mrs. Arnold & Doreen Kapitz Mr. Gordon C. Keatch Mr. Brian Kells Mrs. Shirley Kilburn Mr. Ray Kohanik Mr. Eugene S. Kovach Mr. & Mrs. Hy Kraitberg Ms. Betty Laing Elizabeth Lansard Mr. and Ms. Leblanc Wayne & Helen LeBlanc Mrs. Ingrid Lee Mr. & Mrs. Sydney Lentle Mr. & Mrs. David Levene Ms. Hildy Leverton 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 Ms. Mary-Jane McIntyre Ardythe McMaster Sandra McMillan Mr. Lyle W. McNichol Mr. Gordon R. Meads In Honour of Donn Yuen's Retirement Mrs. Jocelyn Millard Peter Miller & Carolyn Garlich Ms. Sheila Miller Mr. Howard Mitchell M. Mohr Mrs. Joan Ann Morton Mr. Robert Nix Miss Jenny Olynyk Shirley & Graham Padgett Sonjia Pasiechnik Mrs. Evelyn Pearlman Valerie Pearson Mrs. Denise Penley Louise Penner Ms. Heather Penno Mrs. June Perron Ms. Beverley Phillips Ken & Geri Porath Mr. David Procner Mrs. Glennys Propp Ms. Joanne Prygrocki Mrs. Virginia Radcliffe Ms. Pat Repa
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Based on Venezuela’s revolutionary El Sistema social change model, Sistema Winnipeg is a free daily afterschool orchestra program that enriches the lives children and young people with the fewest resources and the greatest need.
Lynne Axworthy Mr. John A. Bailey Ms. Carmen R. Barchet Ms. Janet D. Beach Doneta & Harry Brotchie Ms. Coralie Bryant Timothy & Barbara Burt Ms. Maureen Collison Ms. Gillian P. Cotton Joy Cooper & Martin Reed Croft Music Bob & Alison Darling Mary Dixon Ruth & Charles Dowse Mr. Spencer Duncanson Judge Judith Elliott Ms. Heather Emberley Kathleen & David Estey Ms. Fruma Farago Rick & Julie Fast Ms. Judith Flynn Mr. Verland Force Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Frieman F George Mr. & Mrs. J Gibson Ms. Valerie Gilroy Bobbi-Lynn Haegeman Ms. Irene Hamilton Mr. & Mrs. Ben & Nadia Hanuschak Mr. Rudy Hedrich Mr. Donald Henry Ms. Ellen Henry Ms. Gail Henry Mr. & Mrs. Terry & Phyllis Hidichuk Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Hildebrand Katherine Himelblau Ms. Lisa Houtkooper P. Ilavsky Ms. Sue Irving Mrs. Marion Jagger Mr. & Mrs. Reg & Nancy Johnson Ms. Barbara L. Jones Ms. Diane Jones Kevin & Els Kavanagh Ms. Margruite Krahn Mrs. Judy Lamont Ms. Veronica L. Larmour Mr. Frederick Lee Dr. Peter Letkemann Gail Loewen in Memory of Her Mother Sue Lemmerick Ms. Leona MacDonald Ms. Shannon MacFarlane Mrs. Carol Macoomb
T. & J. Carter Ms. E.R Chochinov Mr. & Mrs. Roger & Cathy Coss D.J. Cowan M. & G. Crielaard Gary & Fiona Crow Esther and Hy Dashevsky Kathleen Davis Mr. Ray Davis Mr. Isaac Ben Diamond Ms. Janice Dietch Mrs. Elfrieda H. Dupuis Miss Helene Dyck John & Martha Enns Kathleen & David Estey Ms. Jo-Ann Finney Mrs. Gitta Fricke Mr. Randy Gesell Roger Giesbrecht Jeremy & Maureen Gordon Heather Graham Dr. & Mrs. L.C. Graham Mr. Ralph B. Guppy Mr. James Hanley Teresa A. Hay Mr. Daniel Heindl Katherine Himelblau Dorothy I. Hodgson Mrs. Audrey F. Hubbard William J. Hutton Terry & Shirley James Ms. Marilyn Kapitany A Special Thank You to Jackie Godard Miss Esme Keith Mr. Ken Kinsley Mr. & Mrs. Bryan D. Klein In memory of Donald Kluchnik Mr. Roland Lanoie Lisa Lewis Fraser & Joan Linklater K.J. Lyons & C.E. Simcoe Dr. Peter & Jane Markesteyn In memory of Grant Marshall Robert McDowall Mr. & Mrs. Jim & Terri Leave a legacy by making a McKerchar donation to the WSO’s Ardythe McMaster Endowment Fund. Managed Margaret & Fred Mooibroek by the Winnipeg Foundation Margaret Moroz since, 1959, the fund has Mr. & Mrs. Brian Ormonde grown in value to just over In memory of Fern Papushka $4M. Gifts to the fund ensure Mr. & Dr. Grant W. Pastuck longterm financial support for Dr. & Mrs. Werner Pieterse Mr. & Mrs. David & the orchestra. Thank you! Wanda Pike Blumie & Iser Portnoy Judy & Jay Anderson Endowment Fund Aubrey & Dr. Linda Asper Phyllis Portnoy & Rory Egan John & Janet Bailey Eric & Erna Pullam Doris & Burton Bass J. Reichert In memory of Jessica Mrs. Shirley Richardson Bernardin Ms. Charlotte Robbins Ms. Joanne Biggs Ms. Tracy Sachvie David & Gillian Bird Grant & Janet Saunders Morley & Marjorie William Scheidt Blankstein C.M., O.M. Dr. L. Sekla Helga & Gerhard Bock David Shefford Kurt Braun Winnifred Sim Mrs. Leona Burdeniuk Jack & Elaine Sine Lorraine and Gerry Cairns In Memory of David H. Skinner Sandra Caplan Mr. Dave Madson Art Mauro & Naomi Levine Ms. Lynne McCarthy Pat McCarthy-Briggs Iona McPhee Rita & Don Menzies Ron & Sandi Mielitz Walter A. Mildren Addie Penner Mr. & Mrs. Rollin & Katherine Penner Donna Plant Ms. Margaret Podolsky Lawrie & Fran Pollard The Rademaker Foundation Inc. Mrs. Tannis Richardson Mr. Douglas Riske Ms. Lavonne Ross Nicola Schaefer Mr. M. Schnitzer Ms. Janet Schubert Ms. Carol Sharp Clarice Shell Mr. Jon Sigurdson Deidre Sozansky Ms. Barbara Sparling William Stewart Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth & Lorraine Stone Mr. Tim Swanson & Ms. Anne Longston Ms. Phyllis A. C. Thomson Mrs. Audrey Vandewater Mrs. Nancy Vincent Stephen & Linda Vincent Mr. & Mrs. Arthur & Carrie Walker-Jones P. & B. Walsh Ms. Stephanie Whitehouse Edith Wilde Nicole & Graham Worden 1 Anonymous
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Mrs. Carolyn E. Smith L. & P. Talbot James & Joanne Teitsma Ms. Marilyn Thompson Edith A. Toews Dr. Helen A. Toews Mr. & Mrs. James & Claudia Weselake Mr. Paul Wiebe Women’s Committee of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Terence & Angela Wu Phillip S. Young 4 Anonymous
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!
His Worship Mayor Sam Katz Ms. E.R Chochinov Barbara Cook EJ Day Ms. Brenda Sklar G.W. & Jean Swift Bette Jayne Taylor, in honour of her birthday
Festival 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 Ron Lambert Mr. Gordon P. Linney Mr. Frank Martin Ms. Sheila Miller Mrs. Brenda Morlock Margaret Moroz Lesia Peet Mr. Doug Shewfelt Juris & Aija Svenne Karin Woods
WSO BOARD & STAFF 2012-2013 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 Timothy E. Burt, CFA, Alan Freeman President & Chair Dr. Daya Gupta Richard Turner, Gregory Hay Vice President Michael D. Kay Muriel Smith, Secretary Maureen Kilgour Rob Kowalchuk, Caroline Ksiazek Treasurer Jackie Lowe Dorothy Dobbie, Past Terry Sargeant President Karl Stobbe Trudy Schroeder, James Carr Ex officio Sylvia Cassie Alexander Mickelthwate, Michael Cox Ex officio Arlene Dahl OFFICIAL AUDITORS Runchey Miyazawa Abbott Chartered Accountants
TRUDY SCHROEDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ALEXANDER MICKELTHWATE, MUSIC DIRECTOR
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 Mihye Shin, Accounting & Administrative 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 Chelse McKee, Development Assistant (p/t) EDUCATION & OUTREACH SALES & AUDIENCE SERVICES Tanya Derksen, Director of Education & Outreach Ryan Diduck, Director of Sales & Audience Services Amy Wolfe, Education & Outreach Coordinator Jason Hayes, Patron Services Coordinator Brent Johnson, Community Outreach Coordinator Heather Thornton, Group Events Representative MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Rachel Himelblau, Patron Services Representative Lisa Abram, Director of Marketing & Communications Patron Services Representatives (p/t): Theresa Huscroft Melissa Ungrin Susana Schanel, Marketing & Communications Clare Neil Stephanie Van Nest Project Manager Crystal Schwartz S. Thompson Designs Inc.
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