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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF THE WSO BOARD As the New Year begins, let me wish you all a very happy and healthy year. And, a musical year. What better way is there to bring happiness into your life than with music, especially the music of our own, fabulous WSO? I would like to introduce myself as the new President of the Board of Directors.This is my sixth year as a member of the Board and my first as President. Music has always been a part of my life. My tastes are eclectic, ranging from “old-school” rock and roll to folk to jazz and opera, and, of course, classical. Giving back to my community is also something that is important in my life. So, when, I was asked to join the Board of the Symphony, in 2011, I didn’t hesitate.To be chosen, this past September, as President of one of the jewels of Winnipeg’s renowned cultural scene is a great honour. The Board has two principal roles. One is to provide oversight of the management of the Orchestra to ensure that it continues to operate.The fact that, in a few weeks, it will be seventy years since the incorporation of the WSO attests to the success of past and present Boards in this goal.The second responsibility is to play a significant role in ensuring financial stability.The WSO depends on three sources of income: ticket sales, government grants and charitable donations. With much competition for entertainment dollars, there is a limit to the amount to be raised through ticket sales. With so many demands on public resources, the same is true of government funding. More and more, we must rely on the generosity of individuals and corporations in our community to help us provide musical experiences of the highest quality. You can play a part in ensuring that the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra continues to serve our community for years to come. Consider adding the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra to your will as a beneficiary of your estate.You can help the WSO and you can also provide a tax benefit to your estate. Becoming a donor now and in your estate planning is an important way to ensure that the WSO continues to provide inspiration, relaxation, refreshment, and joy to our lives.

Terence Sargeant Chair of the WSO Board

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CONDUCTORS AND COMPOSERS

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Alexander Mickelthwate, Music Director German conductor Alexander Mickelthwate is renowned for his “splendid, richly idiomatic readings” (LA Weekly),“fearless” approach and “first-rate technique” (Los Angeles Times). Critics have noted Alexander’s extraordinary command over the Austro-Germanic repertoire, commenting on the “passion, profundity, emotional intensity, subtlety and degree of perfection achieved” in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 as “miraculous” (Anton Kuerti, 2011). Following on from his tenure as Assistant Conductor with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which he completed in 2004, Alexander Mickelthwate was Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for three years, under the direction of Essa-Pekka Salonen. Now in his tenth season as Music Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Alexander has significantly developed the orchestra’s profile through active community engagement and innovative programming initiatives like the annual Winnipeg New Music Festival and the Indigenous Music Festival. Chosen to perform at the Carnegie Hall Spring For Music Festival in New York, May 2014, due to “creative and innovative programming” (CBC Manitoba Scene), the orchestra was the only Canadian ensemble in the showcase.

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Julian Pellicano, Resident Conductor Julian Pellicano’s boundless musical appetite makes him a formidable interpreter of the symphonic repertoire as well as a versatile conductor in a wide range of genres. He is currently the Resident Conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Artist in Residence at the Norfolk Chamber Music festival, and Music Director of the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra. From 2009 to 2013 he served as Music Director of the Longy School of Music Conservatory Orchestra where he established a rigorous and distinctive new orchestral program. Pellicano has conducted the Orquestra Sinfonica de Porto Alegre (Brazil), Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, New Britain Symphony,The Kallisti Ensemble, Boston’s Dinosaur Annex Ensemble and Milwaukee's Present Music. He has worked in masterclasses with Kurt Masur, Peter Eötvös, Zsolt Nagy, Martyn Brabbins, and Carl St. Clair. An autodidact, he was accepted to the Peabody Conservatory as a percussionist without typical classical training. He also holds degrees from the Royal College of Music (Stockholm), and the Yale School of Music where he was awarded the 2008 Presser Music Award and the Philip F. Nelson Award. Harry Stafylakis, Composer-in-Residence Harry Stafylakis (b. 1982, Montreal) is a Canadian–American composer based in NYC. He is the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's Composer-In-Residence and co-curator of the Winnipeg New Music Festival. His works have been performed by the American Composers Orchestra, the Spokane, Stamford,Victoria, and PEI symphonies, McGill Chamber Orchestra, Mivos Quartet, Quatuor Bozzini, and Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, among others. Awards include the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the ASCAP Foundation’s Leonard Bernstein Award, four SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, and grants from the Canada Council and NYSCA. Upcoming projects in 2016-2017 include premieres and performances by the Toronto,Winnipeg, and Vancouver symphonies. A graduate of McGill University, Stafylakis is a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and lectures at the City College of New York. His doctoral research, supported by SSHRC, examines the conception of rhythm and meter in progressive metal.

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WINNIPEG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2016-2017 SEASON MUSIC DIRECTOR Alexander Mickelthwate RESIDENT CONDUCTOR Julian Pellicano COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE Harry Stafylakis

TRUMPETS Isaac Pulford, Acting Principal Paul Jeffrey Brian Sykora

CELLOS Yuri Hooker, Principal Leana Rutt, Assistant Principal Alex Adaman Arlene Dahl Carolyn Nagelberg Emma Quackenbush Sean Taubner

FIRST VIOLINS Gwen Hoebig, Concertmaster

TROMBONES Steven Dyer, Principal Keith Dyrda

BASSES The Sophie-Carmen EckhardtMeredith Johnson, Principal Gramatté Memorial Chair, endowed Andrew Goodlett, Assistant Principal by the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation Travis Harrison Karl Stobbe, Associate Concertmaster Paul Nagelberg Mary Lawton, Assistant Concertmaster Bruce Okrainec Chris Anstey Daniel Perry Mona Coarda Rodica Jeffrey Hong Tian Jia Meredith McCallum Jane Pulford Sonia Shklarov Julie Savard Jun Shao SECOND VIOLINS **Jeremy Buzash, Principal *Darryl Strain, Principal Elation Pauls, Assistant Principal Karen Bauch Kristina Bauch **Teodora Dimova *Elizabeth Dyer Bokyung Hwang Susan McCallum Takayo Noguchi Claudine St-Arnauld VIOLAS Daniel Scholz, Principal Anne Elise Lavallée, Assistant Principal Laszlo Baroczi Margaret Carey Richard Bauch Greg Hay *Merrily Peters Mike Scholz

FLUTES Jan Kocman, Principal Martha Durkin PICCOLO Martha Durkin OBOES Beverly Wang, Principal Robin MacMillan ENGLISH HORN Robin MacMillan, Principal CLARINETS Micah Heilbrunn, Principal Michelle Goddard BASSOONS Alex Eastley, Principal Kathryn Brooks

BASS TROMBONE Julia McIntyre, Principal TUBA Chris Lee, Principal TIMPANI Mike Kemp, Principal PERCUSSION Frederick Liessens, Principal HARP Richard Turner, Principal Endowed by W.H. & S.E. Loewen

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Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor Alexandra Eastley, bassoon Yuri Hooker, cello Karl Stobbe, violin Beverly Wang, oboe

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Papa Haydn

Harry Stafylakis (b. 1982)

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Symphony No. 80 in D minor Allegro spiritoso Adagio Menuetto e Trio Finale: Presto

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat major, Op. 84 Allegro Andante Allegro con spirito

Franz Joseph Haydn

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Antonin Dvorˇák (1841-1904)

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good orchestra gave him both security plus the chance to concentrate on writing symphonies.“I could experiment, observe what heightened the effect and what weakened it,”he wrote.“I had to become original.” One can imagine the pleasure the Prince and his aristocratic guests received on hearing Haydn’s superb and original Symphony No. 80 of 1784.

soloists-with-orchestra format had become popular in Paris where Pleyel had been living. Pleyel’s opening concert on February 27, 1792 was a success. Haydn, not to be outdone, presented a Sinfonia Concertante of his own a week later that was so well received, the audience demanded it be repeated on the following week’s concert.

Though the work begins with the dramatic tang of Haydn’s “Sturm und Drang”(storm and stress) symphonies that came in the earlier decade, more entertaining territory soon arrives with an engaging waltz tune that gives way to a “music box”motif ending the exposition of the opening movement. The Adagio is almost of Mozartean tenderness.The Menuetto moves from Perhaps,then,it is only right to celebrate D-minor to D-major in the Trio, whose genuinely,with a healthy dose of selftheme comes from the Gregorian chant reflection,humility,and a hint of “Incipit lamentatio”from the mourning.” Lamentations of Jeremiah. The clever – Harry Stafylakis syncopations that open the tripping finale dare one to find the beat.

Haydn scored the solo portion as two pairs of high and low instruments, all the soloists conveying their identities in virtuosic fashion. Following the orchestral introduction, the “band” takes over in fresh, sunny fashion. The second movement is a model balance of simple song with embellishment.The finale is almost an operatic romp, the solo instruments inviting the mind’s eye to envision a comic scene of characters before the joyful close.

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Shadows Radiant Harry Stafylakis b. Montreal/1982 Composed: 2016 World Premiere

“A troubling question: how to celebrate the history of a nation – any nation – without acknowledging the proverbial skeletons in its closet? The same light that we shine on our most noble thoughts and deeds radiates shadows behind those very accomplishments; the brighter the light, the darker the shadow.

Symphony No. 80

Franz Joseph Haydn b. Rohrau, Lower Austria/March 31, 1732 d. Vienna/May 31, 1809 Composed: 1783-1784 Last WSO performance: 2000 – Michael Morgan, conductor Haydn didn’t have much contact with the activity of European musical life, notwithstanding his two famous London sojourns that took place after 1790 when Prince Nikolaus of the famous Esterházy family died and was succeeded as prince by his son, Anton. Since 1761 Haydn had been employed by the Esterházy family as chief keyboard player, conductor of the fulltime orchestra and overall music administrator. But following Anton’s succession, costly musical activities were reduced and Haydn was free to travel, which he welcomed since he had had little time to explore nearby Vienna or Italy where he had long wanted to learn more about that country’s opera but never did visit.

Sinfonia Concertante

Franz Joseph Haydn Composed: 1792 First performance: March 9, 1792 (London), conducted by the composer Last WSO performance: 2000 – Andrey Boreyko, conductor, with Douglas Bairstow, oboe; Karl Stobbe, violin; Vincent Ellin, bassoon and Arkadiusz Tesarczyk, cello Haydn’s two visits to London were so successful that they gave the composer celebrity status similar to what Handel was given in his heyday as London’s musical talk-of-the town. Haydn’s first London visit occurred between January 1791 and the summer of 1792 as part of a series of concerts organized by violinist-impresario Johann Peter Salomon. In December 1791, Haydn’s former pupil Ignaz Joseph Pleyel appeared on the scene with the desire to offer some concerts too, in recognition of his old teacher and the musical buzz Haydn had created with the Salomon series.

Symphony No. 5

Antonin Dvorˇák b. Bohemia/September 8, 1841 d. Prague/May 1, 1904 Composed: 1875 First performance: March 25, 1879 (Prague), Adolf Cech, conductor February 1875 was a breakout year for Antonin Dvorˇák.The young Bohemian composer was barely earning a living as a church organist, had been married just over a year and was expecting his first child when the tide turned. A grant program had been established by Emperor Franz Joseph to help struggling artists in the eastern provinces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Dvorˇák applied, and with renowned critic Eduard Hanslick and Johannes Brahms on the jury panel, Dvorˇák not only received the highest stipend but official endorsements from both luminaries. It was Dvorˇák’s first recognition outside his homeland.

“Genuine and original,”Hanslick and A Haydn symphony would be included Brahms wrote as their first official Haydn’s isolation at the magnificent on Pleyel’s program along with a review of Dvorˇák’s talent, going on Esterháza Palace and the availability of a “Sinfonia Concertante,”whose multito supply him artistic guidance and Veuillez vous adresser au service des abonnés ou consulter le site www.wso.ca pour la traduction en français. 8

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of the Slavonic Dances, at which time Simrock purchased the rights to the Symphony, issuing it as Op. 76 to infer, for promotion, that the composer had a large catalog. Dvorˇák was proud of his Fifth and as his conducting career flourished, he returned to the Fifth often.

contacts that sparked a flurry of writing from the excited composer. Brahms would later recommend Dvorˇák to the publisher Simrock, whose firm would profit nicely from the international success of Dvorˇák’s Slavonic Dances in 1887.

Symphony No. 5 was composed in just over a month.The premiere had Rustling woods and sunny spirits to wait four years as interest in pervade the three-themed opening Dvorˇák was mild prior to publication movement and its spacious

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development.The Andante follows a three-part form framed by cello, with a brighter centerpiece.The Scherzo teems with melody, especially fertile in the trio section.The finale’s muscular opening in the minor key leads way to a dark-to-light journey, with heroic brass to revive the opening motive in triumphant resolution.

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Alexandra Eastley, bassoon Alex Eastley joined the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as Principal Bassoon in 2007. She completed her Bachelor of Music Degree at the Curtis Institute of Music and earned her Master's Degree in solo bassoon performance from McGill University. From February through June, 2016, Alex was guest Principal Bassoon with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand. She has performed in the UK as guest Principal Bassoon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In the realm of improvised music, Alex has played with the London Improvisers Orchestra (UK), the Dutch Impro Academy in Amsterdam, Vitamin-S in Auckland, and at the Audio Foundation in Auckland. An album of improvised music with her group Civvie will be released in early 2017.

critical and audience acclaim: his 2007 Rococo Variations with the WSO was lauded as one of the best classical performances of the decade by the Winnipeg Free Press, and in 2011 The Strad magazine spoke of his performance of Britten as being among the “outstanding performances” of the inaugural International Cello Festival of Canada. An avid chamber musician, Yuri also appears regularly with the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society and Groundswell. As well as performing, Yuri is an inspiring and dedicated teacher whose students are regularly recognized locally and nationally with awards and scholarships. As well as maintaining a private teaching studio, he served as the Sessional Instructor of Cello at the University of Manitoba from 2004-2008, and in the summer of 2011 he launched the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy for young string players. Yuri holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Brandon University, which he followed with graduate studies under Janos Starker at Indiana University.

In addition to teaching privately, Alex has taught at International Music Camp at the Peace Gardens and the Curtis Institute of Music Young Artists Summer Program. She has served Karl Stobbe, violin as sessional instructor at the University of Karl Stobbe is recognized as one Manitoba and Memorial University, and she of Canada’s most accomplished joined the faculty of Brandon University in 2014. and diverse violinists, noted for his generous, rich sound, and long, Yuri Hooker, cello poignant phrasing. As a Principal cellist of the WSO, Yuri concertmaster, soloist, or chamber Hooker is well known for his musician, he has been an audience favourite in passionate and soulful small settings and large venues. Avie Records’ interpretations of a wide range 2014 recording of Karl performing Ysaÿe’s Solo of repertoire. His frequent solo Violin Sonatas was nominated for a JUNO Award, appearances have met with January – February 2017 I OVERTURE 9


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and received worldwide attention, including London’s Sunday Times who called Karl “a master soloist, recalling the golden age of violin playing… producing a breathtaking range of tone colours.” He has performed in North America’s most famous concert halls, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Boston’s Jordan Hall, and has shared the stage with some of the most important and eclectic violinists of our day, from James Ehnes to Mark O’Connor.

Michael Rusinek and performs chamber music regularly. She will be continuing her studies at Curtis in the Artists’ Diploma program. Beverly was a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra for six years. She has attended Le Domaine Forget Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Colorado College, and Tanglewood Music Center as a guest artist.

Beverly Wang, oboe

Prior to entering Curtis, she studied with Sarah Jeffrey, principal oboe of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Mark Rogers, principal oboe of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. Beverly has been playing the oboe since age eight.

Beverly Wang is recent graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music who studied with Richard Woodhams, principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra. While at Curtis, she has worked with Fabio Luisi, Simon Rattle, Christopher Eschenbach and numerous outstanding conductors in the Curtis Orchestra, Opera and Chamber Orchestra. Beverly has been coached by Daniel Matsukawa,

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Platypus Theatre Julian Pellicano, conductor Written and directed by Peter Duschenes Musical direction by Alain Trudel Artistic advisors: Lisa Griffiths and Hélène Ducharme Puppets and masks by Claude Rodrigue, Sandra Turgeon and Colin St-Cyr Duhamel Costumes: Sarah Waghorn Performers: Danielle Desormeaux and Peter Duschenes Stage Manager: Wendy Rockburn

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Presto, Mambo!

Platypus Theatre Since 1989, almost one million young audience members have been introduced to classical music through Platypus Theatre. After more than 500 performances with more than 60 orchestras worldwide, Platypus has established itself as one of North America’s premiere music education theatre companies. Original and engaging storylines are presented in an intelligent and interactive way, with music always taking the lead role. Children laugh, sing and empathize with the characters while learning musical concepts, styles, and much more. In 2006, one of Platypus’ most cherished productions How the Gimquat Found her Song was produced for TV and went on to win several awards including Best Children’s Program at the prestigious Banff World Television Festival. In 1991, Platypus was the subject of a nationally broadcast documentary on CTV, followed by a PBS full-performance broadcast in 2000. During its 25th anniversary year, Platypus will premiere its eighth original production, Presto, Mambo!, in partnership with four orchestras across Canada. Other Platypus Productions include Emily Saves the Orchestra, Rhythm in your Rubbish, Bach to the Future, Charlotte and the Music-Maker, Flicker of Light on a Winter’s Night, and Peter and the Wolf.

his roles in Platypus shows, he has also acted and directed with companies across Canada and the United States and is a recent recipient of a Chalmer’s Fellowship from the Ontario Arts Council. When Peter isn’t busy helping the Gimquat find her song, he and his wife Sarah are helping their children, Magda and Theo, find their socks.

Danielle Desormeaux, actor Danielle is one of the more adaptable creatures in the Platypus Theatre touring company.You can see her as the Gimquat in How the Gimquat Found Her Song, as Corky in Bach to the Future, as Emily in Emily Saves the Orchestra and as a hobo in Rhythm in Your Rubbish, a production she helped create. She is a highly-accomplished actor who has worked extensively in theatre, in film, and also as several animated characters on TV. She is also an experienced improviser and clown, and has written and created a number of critically-acclaimed works. Danielle has been a part of the Platypus touring company for 17 years but will never forget “the first time I heard a live orchestra playing on stage with me it literally took my breath away. I couldn’t believe how powerful the sound was. Then I thought: Wow! Best job ever!”

Wendy Rockburn, stage manager

Want to know who and what goes where and when and how? Wendy’s the one who has it well under Peter Duschenes, writer, control. Since 2005, Wendy has director and performer expertly juggled all of the details for Thousands of young classical Platypus Theatre productions, from music fans have Peter to thank monster’s heads to lighting cues. Not only does she for introducing them to manage the Platypus touring company’s stage, but symphonic music. He cofounded she also works with theatres all over Eastern and the Platypus Theatre touring Central Canada. And as often as possible, she jets off company in 1989 to make to far places to photograph the world, and has been orchestral music accessible for youth, and more known to skydive over the desert in Namibia or than half a million concert-goers have outrace a gaucho in Argentina. Her favorite part benefitted from his creativity. As an awardabout Platypus shows is watching the kids follow winning playwright, Peter’s writing credits every turn in the story in rapt attention. And the include - among others - all eight Platypus climax of the Gimquat still makes her cry, even after all of productions, the television adaptation of How these years. No wonder we’re wild about Wendy! the Gimquat Found Her Song, which won Best ADDITIONAL MUSICIANS: Children’s Program at the prestigious Banff Tony Cyre, percussion; Victoria Sparks, percussion World Television Festival in 2008. In addition to

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Ryan Shore, conductor

Now You See Me 2: Fanfare The Hateful Eight: L’Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock Gods of Egypt: Bek and Zaya’s Theme* Storks: Suite** Kubo and the Two Strings: Suite* Zootopia: Suite** The Legend of Muay Thai: 9 SATRA: Suite* Star Trek Beyond: Main Theme

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Ryan Shore, conductor Ryan Shore is a two -time Emmy Award (including a 2016 Emmy Nomination) and Grammy Award Nominated composer and songwriter for film, television, games, records and theater. He was named Assistant Music Director and Contributing Composer / Arranger / Orchestrator for the Academy Awards, where he worked with artists including Lady Gaga, John Legend, Adam Levine, Anna Kendrick, Common,Tim McGraw, Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jennifer Hudson. Shore has scored over 30 feature films including The Shrine (Grammy nomination,

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Best Score), R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls (Emmy nomination, Best Score), Prime (Universal), Harvard Man (Lions Gate), The Girl Next Door (Anchor Bay), Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery 1 & 2 (Warner Bros), Stan Helsing (Anchor Bay), Cabin Fever 2 (Lions Gate), and Numb (Sony). His television credits includes both score and songs for Disney’s newest animated series Penn Zero: Part Time Hero, songs for Sesame Street (PBS), and music for P.O.V. (Emmy nomination) and The X Factor (FOX).

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Romantic Melody Bella Hristova, violin

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Jacques Hétu (1938-2010)

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Max Bruch (1838-1920)

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Jean Sibelius (1864-1957)

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rippling waters and then the roar of the waterfall. Evocation at first of a distant smithy (an iron forge that by James Manishen drove the city’s economy in earlier Sur les rives du Saint-Maurice times); gradually, the noisy activity Jacques Hétu draws nearer, then bursts into a fury: b.Trois-Rivières, Québec/August 8, 1938 the fires emanating from the blast d. Saint-Hippolyte/February 9, 2010 furnace project terrifying shadows Composed: 2009 which create the ‘Devil’s Fountain.’ First performance: September 13, 2009 Epilogue – the Lull: Remembrance of (Trois-Rivières), Jacques Lacombe, the ancestors. Gradual return to the conductor tumult of the Festive city. First WSO performance The city of TroisRivières is about midway between Montréal and Québec City, at the confluence of the St. Maurice and St. Lawrence Rivers. Its name derives from the two small islands at the opening of the St. Maurice, which form three mouths at the St. Lawrence. Founded in July 1634 by French explorers and missionaries, the city is one of the most historic in Canada.

Brass and percussion dominate the opening fanfare. Clarinets and bassoons announce the march-like hymn of the first European settlers, with commentary from the upper woodwinds emulating birdcalls. English horn plays a traditional melody of the Indian First Nation.”

Violin Concerto No. 1

Max Bruch b. Cologne/January 6, 1838 d. Friedenau, Berlin/October 2, 1920 In 2009, in anticipation of the city’s Composed: 1865-1866 375th anniversary, the Orchestre First performance: April 24, 1866 Symphonique de Trois-Rivières (OSTR) (Coblenz), with Otto von Königslöw as commissioned a composition from soloist and the composer conducting Jacques Hétu, one of Canada’s most Last WSO performance: 2004 – Victor prominent composers and a native son Feldbrill, conductor, with Scott St. John of Trois-Rivières. as soloist Sur les Rives du Saint-Maurice is an Though a widely extended 15-minute movement that admired composer and divides into two principal sections conductor in his day, played without pause. A prologue and Max Bruch’s earliest epilogue frame an historical overview enduring fame came of the city and its surroundings.The from his G minor Violin Concerto.With composer’s note in the score provides earliest sketches begun in 1857 when the scenario: Bruch was a student at age 19, through refining the work after review “Prologue – Festive Fanfare; the by the great violinist Joseph Joachim splendour of the landscape and the whirlpool of the waters:The River in 1866 to whom Bruch dedicated the separates into three channels to create piece, the final product produced such a perfect site for a city. an enormous hit across Europe and America (premiered there by Sarasate) Prehistoric Times – At dawn, at the that it dogged the composer with edge of the woods near the river, a requests from violinists to play it, hymn announces the arrival of overshadowing everything else he explorers and missionaries, then bird had produced. Further frustration songs precede those of the natives; all came after selling the rights to the of them gathering around a procession Concerto to the publisher August which quickly disappears into the mist. Cranz for a one-time payment, Present Day – The sun rises. A stroll on denying Bruch any further funds from the many subsequent performances. an upstream stretch of the river;

Concerto No. 1 is a work of heartfelt beauty and melodic richness. Bruch called the opening movement a “Prelude,”with a slow introduction leading to a touching dialogue between soloist and orchestra. A forceful section for orchestra alone leads to the Adagio, with three lovely themes shared all around.The finale begins with suspense, leading to a vibrant theme from the soloist rich in double stops. Closing in rousing fashion, the work is a definition of what memorable lyricism is all about.

Symphony No 2

Jean Sibelius b. Hämeenlinna, Finland/December 8, 1865 d. Järvenpää, Finland/September 20, 1957 Composed: 1901-02 First performance: March 8, 1902 (Helsinki), conducted by the composer Last WSO performance: 2011 – Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor After eight centuries of rule by Russia and Sweden, turn-of-thecentury Finland was experiencing a pent-up desire for recognition of its own identity. In his teens, Sibelius had been immersed in this new groundswell of Finnish pride and through the deeply felt patriotism in his early music, the signature Finlandia especially, Sibelius reckoned he had the power to become a cultural figurehead. That power became signed and sealed when in 1900 conductor Robert Kajanus took the Helsinki Philharmonic on a European tour with Sibelius in tow as his assistant.The tour was a great success and brought Sibelius’ music to a wide audience. In 1901, Sibelius found himself in Italy enjoying the warmth and culture of that country where much of the Symphony No.2 was conceived, but it would take a further 20 years before Finland would be free of Russian rule. Certainly the ardor of the finale’s big tunes can be thought to underscore latent desires, among other similar happenings throughout the work.Though Sibelius dismissed any political nods to liberty that scholars and friends tried to attach, the premiere was so successful one can certainly sympathize with the times.

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Symphony No. 2 marked a transition to the mature Sibelius and is among his most popular works. Its sound is instantly recognizable as Sibelius’ syntax, where themes seem to selfconstruct from fragments, formal structures bend without breaking and angular unsettled tonality sets apart the more comforting aspects of

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the great Romantic tradition Sibelius sprang from.The first movement builds around a shimmering string motive over which woodwinds invoke a folk-like theme.The second movement begins with a bleak undercurrent of pizzicato strings and timpani, the opening statement arriving in octave bassoons followed

by various episodes leading to a memorably grieving string theme. The third movement scherzo becomes set off by a heartfelt melody in its central trio, with a bridge leading to one of the most uplifting and inspiring finales in the Romantic symphonic literature.

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Romantic Melody

Daniel Raiskin, conductor A son of a prominent musicologist, Daniel Raiskin grew up in St. Petersburg. He attended music school and later the celebrated conservatory in his native city, where he studied violin, viola and conducting. At the age of twenty, Daniel Raiskin left the Soviet Union to continue his studies in Amsterdam and Freiburg. Inspired to take up the baton by an encounter with the distinguished teacher Lev Savich, he also took classes with Maestri such as Mariss Jansons, Neeme Järvi, Milan Horvat, Woldemar Nelson und Jorma Panula. Raiskin, who cultivates a broad repertoire, often looks beyond the mainstream in his strikingly conceived programmes. He was Chief Conductor of the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz (20052016) and held the same title with the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Lódz (2008-2015). From the 2017-2018 season onwards, Daniel Raiskin will be Principal Guest Conductor at the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.

Bella Hristova, violin Celebrated for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career. Her 20162017 season features extensive concerto, recital, and chamber music performances in

the United States and abroad, including performances of a concerto written for her by her husband David Ludwig–a work commissioned by a consortium of eight major orchestras across the US. Winner of the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Hristova is the recipient of First Prizes in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and was Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She has had numerous noteworthy solo appearances with orchestras including a performance alongside Pinchas Zukerman and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, and as soloist with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall. A sought-after chamber musician, she has been a featured performer at Australia’s Musica Viva, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Marlboro Music. Her most recent projects include her much-admired recording Bella Unaccompanied (A.W. Tonegold Records) and a commission of Second String Force by iconic American composer Joan Tower. A former member of CMS Two, Hristova attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian and Steven Tenenbom, and received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University. She plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.

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Julian Pellicano, conductor Sarah Jo Kirsch, soprano1 Sistema Winnipeg Orchestra & Choir 2 Alexander Mickelthwate, piano 3 Maureen Scurfield a.k.a Miss Lonelyhearts, host

Overture to West Side Story

Leonard Bernstein arr. Maurice Peress

Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana

Pietro Mascagni

Quando m’en vo (Musetta’s Waltz)

Giacomo Puccini

from La Bohème1 Una Voce Poco Fa from Barber of Seville 1 Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy

Gioacchino Rossini Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) 2

Thomas Salter arr. Larry Moore

Bolero

Maurice Ravel

Carmen:

Georges Bizet

Prélude & Aragonaise Seguedille Habenera Les Toreadors Claire de lune 3

Claude Debussy

Bacchanale from Samson et Delila

Camille Saint-Saëns

Tuesday, Februay 14

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SPECIAL

Valentine’s Special


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SPECIALS

Valentine’s Special

Sarah Jo Kirsch, soprano

Miss Lonelyhearts

Sarah Jo Kirsch is a soprano/vocalist currently based in Winnipeg, Canada. She continues to make waves as a recitalist and soloist in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Winner of the 2014 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, she has been described as "...one of the finest contemporary dramatic vocalists in Canada today..." (Calgary Herald) "...with the ability to get under the skin of everything she sings..." (Winnipeg Free Press).

Maureen Scurfield a.k.a. Miss Lonelyhearts has been Winnipeg's advisor to the ripped, torn, wounded and worn since 1981. She has written her popular daily column for both the Winnipeg Sun and the Winnipeg Free Press, as well as newspapers outside the province. She knows all the most intimate secrets of the people of this city, and keeps them. She's a country girl from Manitou, Manitoba and is known for her horse sense. She says,"In my column I try to give advice, that people can actually take." To that end she is frank, practical, warm and kind, with a lusty and mischievous sense of humour.

Outside of regular performances in Winnipeg this 2016-2017 season, Sarah Jo performs Handel's Messiah at the American University of Beirut and makes her Swedish debut in a world premiere performance of a new electroacoustic work by Örjan Sandred at the Uppsala Konsert & Kongress. She is also a member of Winnipeg's a cappella chamber choir Polycoro, is half of experimental a/v duo The Gritty, and is the host of the Diamond Lane 2-6, Monday to Friday, on Winnipeg's Classic 107 FM.

Sistema Winnipeg Orchestra & Choir

Sistema Winnipeg is a daily, intensive orchestral program that focuses on children with the fewest resources and greatest need. The program delivers musical training, including stringand wind instrument instruction and choral singing, to 150 children after school in Winnipeg’s inner city and North end, at no cost to participants. 26

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She also writes a column called Scene & Heard about cool events happening around the city -like this musical adventure for Valentine's Day. In recent years, she has started facilitating courses of out-of-the-box adventures for wild women over 30. Why? "Exciting adventures make for exciting people, who inspire passionate relationships that last."

ADDITIONAL MUSICIAN: Avalon Lee, bass


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McConnell Irish Dancers1 Odette Heyn-Projects, Odette Heyn C.M.2 Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble 3 Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble 4 Ça Claque! 5 Sistema Winnipeg Dancers 6 W. Darling, vocalist 7 Julian Pellicano, conductor

Stick Dance 4 Lord of the Dance 1 Mishaela 3 Mizmor Laila 3 The Firebird 2 Introduction Infernal Dance of King Kastcheï Finale Tamlynn’s Reel 5 Bon Voyage5

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Once Upon a Dance!

arr. V. Gronsky Ronan Hardiman Gil Dor/NOA, arr. Peter Wiebe Nini/Dor, Achinoan/Gil, arr. Peter Wiebe Igor Stravinsky

Ça Claque! Ça Claque!

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Medley: Hava Nagila/Reach Tapuach/Shir Sameach3 Jigsaw Gigue5 Karpaty 4 Buckaroo Holiday from Rodeo Dizzy 7, 2 Hora Hopak 3, 4

arr. Rick Boughton Ça Claque! Arr. Claude Lapalme Trad. arr. V. Debelyy & Z. Moroz Aaron Copland W. Darling arr. Claude Lapalme

Friday, February 17 Saturday, February 18 Sunday, February 19

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Once Upon a Dance!

McConnell Irish Dancers McConnell Dancers are one of the oldest Celtic Irish dance groups in North America. Originally founded in Ireland over 80 years ago, the school was established in Winnipeg, Canada in 1947. McConnell Dancers are recognized for their unique, high calibre, performance-style dancing, which encompasses both traditional and contemporary forms of Irish Dance. McConnell School of Dance is a member of Cumann Rince Náisiúnta (CRN), based in Dublin, Ireland and their award-winning dancers compete at the CRN World Irish Dance Championships in Ireland. McConnell Dancers were founding members of Folklorama and have performed at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, and with well-known performers such as “The Irish Rovers,”“Tommy Makem,” and “The Irish Descendants.”The group has travelled the world to perform at International Dance Festivals, Peru (2007), Costa Rica (2009), Bulgaria (2011), Disney World (2012), Ireland, (2013), Peru (2016). In August 2013, they were honoured to be the only Canadian Irish dance troupe to be invited to perform in Ireland as part of The Gathering in Dublin and Limerick, Ireland.

Odette Heyn-Projects Odette Heyn, as Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Professional Program of The School of Contemporary Dancers, has choreographed works, both nationally and internationally, for various performances including The Festival of Canadian Modern Dance, the Olympics Danscene (Calgary 1988) the Kuan Du Arts Festival in Taipei, The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and The Calgary Philharmonic 29

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Orchestra. In 2006, Odette was nominated for the “Woman of the Year” award for Arts and Culture through the YWCA. Odette created two full-length works, which were hailed with glowing reviews, for the WSO’s La Noche de los Mayas and the Rite of Spring. She also choreographed for WSO’s Adventures in Music and SoundBytes. In 2012, Odette choreographed for the off-Broadway production Requiem for a Lost Girl and, in 2013, Mata Hari, in New York City and in December 2013 for the WSO. Odette performed in WCD’s Rachel Browne Tribute Tour in January 2013. In June 2013, Odette was the recipient of the Winnipeg Arts Council’s “Investors Group Making a Difference Award – for extraordinary contribution to the arts.” She is delighted to be returning to choreograph for this project. Today’s dancers in The Firebird are Carol-Ann Bohrn, Kayla Henry, Brett Owen, and Becky Swadon. The dancers in Dizzy are Brett Owen and Kendra Penner.

Sarah Sommer 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. Chai will be presenting a concert-length show in June 2017 at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, featuring new works as well as the group’s first original music commission.


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Once Upon a Dance!

Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

For over half a century Rusalka has been capturing the imagination of audiences around the world, with its often fiery, always colourful presentation of Ukrainian dance. Rusalka has toured over five continents, performed for heads of state, religious figures and royalty, which has placed Rusalka among one of the most widely recognized Ukrainian dance groups in the world. Rusalka is currently under the artistic direction of Valentyna Dmytrenko. This year marks the 55th Anniversary of Rusalka! This milestone will be celebrated with a Gala on Saturday May 6, 2017. To find out more details on this event and to keep up with the ensemble and it endeavors check the website – www.rusalka.mb.ca Deep within each dancer burns a passion to showcase the power and beauty of Ukrainian dance and they are eager to share with audiences the experience that is, Rusalka!

Ça Claque! Get ready to clap your hands and tap your feet to the high-energy performances of Ça Claque!. Feel the rhythm, experience ‘la joie de vivre,’ and discover French-Canadian and Métis folklore – traditional as well as contemporary – through music and dance. Composed of Manitoban artists, Ça Claque! features exciting and diverse entertainment that will keep you captivated from the first note of the fiddle to the last step of gigue. 32

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Since its inception in 2009, Ça Claque! has recorded a 4 track demo CD and a 12 track full-length CD, the latter was nominated for a 2013 Western Canada Music Award in the Francophone Recording of the Year Category. The group has represented Canada internationally in Costa Rica, Peru and Chile and has participated in countless local, national and international festivals. In July 2014, the group performed at the Calgary Stampede – National Music Centre VIP Private Reception – alongside Paul Brandt, Jim Cuddy and Buffy SainteMarie.

Hayley Gene Penner, vocalist Hayley Gene Penner is a Canadian pop singer who started off penning hits for others. Recently releasing six tracks on a project under the name W. Darling, Penner has gained praise from publications like Noisey, Nylon and taste makers like Paste magazine as well as achieving millions of listens on Spotify off her first release. Having performed at iconic venues such as Madison Square Garden and Red Rocks Amphitheater, she is a seasoned performer. Penner is currently working on her debut album under her own name to be released next year on Universal music and is thrilled or be back working with the WSO.


Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor

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Gershwin & Shostakovich Sara Davis Buechner, piano

Dust Devils

Vivian Fung (b. 1975)

Rhapsody in Blue

George Gershwin (1898-1937)

Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra

George Gershwin

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Symphony No. 12 in D minor (The Year 1917)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Revolutionary Petrograd: Moderato Allegro Razliv: Adagio Aurora: Allegro The Dawn of the People: Allegro Played without pause

Friday, February 24 Saturday, February 25

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PROGRAM NOTES by James Manishen

Dust Devils

Vivian Fung b. Edmonton/1975 Composed: 2011, revised 2014 First performance: July 30, 2011 (Greensboro, NC), Gerard Schwarz, conductor First WSO performance

“Dust Devils is the journey of emotional swirls in my mind, sometimes calm, but more often than not, full of raw and intense energy. The opening starts quite forcefully and darts back and forth, culminating in a fiery pounding of the timpani, which wanes and brings this section to mere silent breaths in the brass. A slow section ensues, filled with upward cascades of arpeggios that interrupt the ethereal atmosphere. An ominous eerie string section follows leading to a powerful chorale in the brass, which overtakes the music and brings the 10-minute work to an emphatic close.” – Vivian Fung

sequence but George felt it had and as influential possibilities for modern compositions. Rhapsody in Blue potential within a concert work and expanded it to what he first called was the highlight of the evening. “Rhapsody in Rivets.”Orchestrating Gershwin conceived the piece on a the piece in New York between Boston bound train, as he said “with its March and May of 1931, he changed steely rhythms, its rattlety-bang… I the name to Second Rhapsody, and suddenly heard – and even saw on hired an orchestra to help him make paper – the complete construction of refinements, with himself Rhapsody.”Gershwin heard the work as performing the solo role.“In many a “musical kaleidoscope of America – of respects,”he wrote to a friend,“it is our vast melting pot, of our the best thing I’ve written.” unduplicated national pep, of our blues, our metropolitan madness.”With Gershwin premiered Second only one month’s notice to finish it, Rhapsody in Boston with Gershwin asked that Whiteman’s Koussevitzky on January 29, 1932. A arranger Ferde Grofé do the tour was arranged and the New York orchestration. premiere took place February 5th. Though praised, it did not receive In one long movement beginning with the acclaim of Rhapsody in Blue eight its unforgettable clarinet glissando years before but was noted for its (that emerged in rehearsal), Rhapsody more unified structure than the first in Blue is more a collection of great Rhapsody if not quite as original in show tunes than a symphonic material.Today it is a valuable argument, allied to piano writing that addition to the catalogue of would have made Liszt smile.The Gershwin’s concert works, of which music’s refinement, energy and he would have been undoubtedly inspired tunes certainly underscore proud. what Walter Damrosch told Gershwin: “You have made a lady of jazz.” Symphony No. 12 Dmitri Shostakovich

Second Rhapsody

b. St Petersburg, Russia/September 25, 1906 d. Moscow/August 9, 1975 Composed: 1931 Composed: 1960-1961 b. Brooklyn, NY/September 26, 1898 First performance: January 29, 1932 (Boston) First performance: October 1, 1961 d. Hollywood, CA/July 11, 1937 conducted by Serge Koussevitzky with the (Leningrad) Yevgeny Mravinsky, conductor Composed: 1924; orchestrated by Ferde Grofé composer as soloist First WSO performance First performance: February 12, 1924 (New York) Last WSO performance: 1995 – Bramwell conducted by Paul Whiteman with the composer Tovey, conductor, with Wayne Marshall as soloist On September 14, as soloist 1960, Shostakovich When Hollywood movies learned to Last WSO performance: 2014; Julian Pellicano, joined the Communist speak in 1927, the studios rushed to conductor, with Emily Bear as soloist

Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin

Bandleader Paul Whiteman, the so-called “King of Jazz,” was on a mission when he invited Gershwin to compose Rhapsody in Blue. For years Whiteman had been smoothing out the rougher edges of jazz to appeal more to white middle-class American audiences. In 1924, he wanted to convince a classical audience that jazz could be acceptable and no less valid a musical realm to what they were used to. Whiteman’s famous February 12th concert – an “Experiment in Modern Music”was one of the most significant nights in American music, imprinting jazz as a uniquely American happening both in the immediacy of its communication

George Gershwin

sign the top talent available to contribute to the new medium. Since musicals were essential, Fox Studios signed George and Ira Gershwin in April 1930 to supply music for a film titled Delicious to star Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell. Once in Hollywood, the brothers became the talk-of-the-town and George’s music was much performed, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s local premiere of Rhapsody in Blue conducted by Artur Rodzinski. The Gershwins produced six songs for the movie plus a background sequence designed to underscore the bustling activity of New York streets. Fox used only one minute of the

Party, stating that he was glad and honored to represent Soviet culture and embody its ideology. He had achieved worldwide fame at that time and accepted a commission for a new work for the 22nd Party Congress the following year.

Shostakovich said that he had long wanted to compose a large-scale work on the subject of the October 1917 Revolution, whose architect was Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, since as a boy, he had been an eyewitness to some of its events.The Revolution was much in Shostakovich’s mind at the time he was composing his First Symphony in 1924-25. He returned

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to its subject in his Second Symphony of 1927, marking the tenth anniversary of the Revolution.The Symphony No. 11 (The Year 1905) was composed in 1957 to mark the 40th anniversary. One month after joining the Party in 1960, Shostakovich announced a four-movement Twelfth Symphony to be subtitled The Year 1917: In Memory of Lenin. Clear and accessible in idiom to the public, the Twelfth Symphony was enthusiastically received at its Leningrad premiere and was performed again to three sold-out audiences in Moscow. Entitled Revolutionary Petrograd, the first movement’s brooding declaration recalls Russian nationalist composers of the past.The second

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theme, a hymnal melody first heard in the cellos and basses, returns throughout the work as a motto. A quiet drum motive leads without pause to the second movement Razliv, an area north of Petrograd where Lenin hid in a peasant hut directing the Revolution’s early activities. Somber winds infer the desolation of the place. The third movement Aurora is named for the battleship that launched a shell through the window of the Winter Palace. Again the hymnal motto is heard in the bass trombone and tuba soon followed by the full orchestra. A percussion transition leads to the finale, The Dawn of the People. Unison horns forecast the coming victory, contrasted by lighter violins. Recollections of previous material close the work in triumph.

But one would be remiss not to mention Shostakovich’s purported 1979 memoirs Testimony, for here we learn of the Russian characteristic of yurodivy – which has been permitted to and employed by Russian artists from the 15th century on and of which Shostakovich describes with affectionate insight. The yurodivy is a kind of "holy fool" – the person who sees what's really going on in society and has the audacity to say it, but only in a kind of code implying the exact opposite for the perceptive receiver. Stating this message in code is protection against the wrath of the authorities.Though Shostakovich’s possible yurodivyinspired ambivalence in the closing pages of the Twelfth Symphony may never be ascertained, its invitation looms large.

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Gershwin & Shostakovich

Sara Davis Buechner Sara Davis Buechner is one of the leading concert pianists of our time, praised worldwide as a musician of “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times). Japan’s InTune magazine says:“When it comes to clarity, flawless tempo selection, phrasing and precise control of timbre, Buechner has no superior.” In her twenties, Ms. Buechner was the winner of a bouquet of prizes at the world’s première piano competitions -Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, Leeds, Salzburg, Sydney and Vienna. She won the Gold Medal at the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and was a Bronze Medalist of the 1986 Tschaikowsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.

With an active repertoire of more than 100 piano concertos ranging from A (Albeníz) to Z (Zimbalist) -- one of the largest of any concert pianist today – she has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s première orchestras. Audiences throughout North America have applauded Ms. Buechner’s recitals in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl; and she enjoys wide success throughout Asia where she tours annually. Sara Davis Buechner’s numerous recordings have received prominent critical appraisal. Her extensive discography includes music by Bach, Brahms, Busoni, Dvofiák, Mozart, Stravinsky and Turina; Hollywood piano concertos by Bernard Herrmann and Franz Waxman; rare American music of George Gershwin, Dana Suesse, Pauline Alpert and Joseph Lamb; and the complete piano music of Miklós Rózsa. Her piano artistry may also be heard on the recent DVD of Carl Dreiser’s 1925 silent film Master of the House, available through the Criterion Collection. January – February 2017 I OVERTURE 37


WSO SUPPORTERS

The WSO gratefully acknowledges the following companies whose generous support helps to ensure musical enrichment within our community. Podium Johnston Group Inc. Resident Artist Qualico Principal Chair Cambrian Credit Union Terracon Development Ltd. Wawanesa Insurance Assistant Principal Chair Brandon School Division ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design J.K. May Investments Ltd. Music for Young Children

In Memory of Peter D. Curry Jewish Foundation of Manitoba Bruce and Catherine Jones Fund, the Winnipeg Foundation George Warren Keates Memorial Fund Allen and Marion Lambert Fund Lutz Family Foundation Marjory Stewart McLaren Fund The Winnipeg Foundation – John and Carolynne McLure Fund Program for the Enrichment of French in Education Richardson Foundation Burton A. and Geraldine L. Robinson Fund David & Leda Slater Memorial Fund, Jewish Foundation of Manitoba Aqueduct Foundation - Inga and Anna Storgaard Fund Sylvia & Robin Cowan Foundation The Winnipeg Foundation - Leslie John Taylor Fund James Thompson Memorial Fund in Trust of WSO The Winnipeg Foundation - Dr. Ken and Lorna Thorlakson Fund The Winnipeg Foundation - Marylla van Ginkel MemorialFund

Orchestra Chair Premier Printing Ltd. Royal Bank of Canada Urbanink Music Stand Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd. Price Industries Limited Galsworthy Holdings Ltd. Number Ten Architectural Group Red River Cooperative Ltd. Winmar Property Restoration Riser A. Akman & Son Ltd. European Art Glass Ltd. InterGroup Consultants Ltd. Mid West Packaging Limited Patill/St. James Insurance

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

Siana Attwell, PhD Greg Doyle and Carol Bellringer Mrs. Lucienne Blouw Lorraine and Gerry Cairns Kevin & Els Kavanagh Michel D. Lagacé Gail E. Loewen The WSO gratefully acknowledges S. E. Loewen W. H. Loewen the following foundations: Dr. Brendan MacDougall Robert & Ina Abra Family Fund Margaret Kellermann McCulloch - the Winnipeg Foundation Nathan & Carolyn Mitchell The Noreen & Robert Allen Lesia Peet Charitable Trust Beth M. Proven Elizabeth B. Armytage Fund Edward Fisher & Lyse Rémillard Brandon Area Community Trudy Schroeder Foundation Muriel Smith The Winnipeg Foundation - Chipman Edith A. Toews & Dr. Helen A. Family Foundation Fund Toews Sylvia & Robin Cowan Foundation Robin Wiens and Emilie LagacéNita Eamer Memorial Fund Wiens Francofonds Inc. Donn K. Yuen Marjory Alexander Graham & 2 Anonymous Family Fund

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The Maestro’s Circle recognizes patrons whose significant philanthropy furthers the musical artistry of the WSO. Honourary Chair Alexander Mickelthwate, Music Director Platinum Baton Bill & Shirley Loewen* Susan Glass Arni Thorsteinson Gold Baton Timothy & Barbara Burt Dr. Marcel A. Desautels Arlene Wilson & Allan MacDonald Dr. Brendan MacDougall Drs. Eleanor & Grant MacDougall Silver Baton James Cohen & Linda McGarva-Cohen Daniel Friedman & Rob Dalgliesh Kevin & Els Kavanagh* Dr. Terry Klassen & Ms. Grace Dueck Michael Nozick & Cheryl Ashley Ron & Sandi Mielitz Frank & Jeanne Plett Barb & Gerry Price Hartley & Heather Richardson Tannis Richardson* Dr. Lea Stogdale Concertmaster's Bow Gail Asper & Michael Paterson Herb & Erna Buller Ernest & Anastasia Cholakis Frank & Agnes DeFehr John & Gay Docherty Marten & Joanne Duhoux Bill & Margaret Fast Dr. Albert & Mrs. Lee Friesen James Gibbs Mrs. Audrey F. Hubbard Christine Skene & Nick Logan Dr. David Lyttle Elaine & Neil Margolis Brent Mazur Ken and Judy Murray Wayne & Linda Paquin Diane Payment and Roxroy West Lawrie & Fran Pollard Dr. Bill Pope & Dr. Elizabeth Tippett-Pope* Ian R. Thomson & Leah R. Janzen Professor A.M.C. Waterman Black Tie Mr. Austin Abas Ms. Sandra Altner Aubrey & Dr. Linda Asper Shibashis Bal Mr. Jim Barrett Mr. R.D. Bell

Mrs. Marjorie Blankstein Mrs. Lucienne Blouw Brenlee Carrington Trepel & Brent Trepel Doneta & Harry Brotchie Mr. & Mrs. John & Bonnie Buhler Ms. Emily Burt Jan & Kevin Coates Art & Leona DeFehr Frank & Agnes DeFehr Glen & Joan Dyrda Philipp & Ilse Ens Douglas C. Everett, Chairman, Domo Gasoline Corporation Ltd. Radhika Desai & Alan Freeman Jason Goldberg Drs. Daya & Chander Gupta Mr. Micah Heilbrunn Robin Hildebrand Peter Jessiman Richard & Carol Jones Nora Kaufman Michael & Glenna Kay Mr. John Kearsey Mr. & Mrs. Konstantinos & Chrysoula Kotoulas Mr. Sotirios Kotoulas Mr. Rob Kowalchuk Mr. & Mrs. Bob & Deirdre Kozminski Aaron Lewis Ted & Wanda Lismer Dr. Judith Littleford Gail Loewen in Memory of Her Mother Sue Lemmerick Jackie Lowe & Greg Tallon Margaret Kellermann McCulloch Ms. Valerie Mollison Dr. Michael Nelson & Dr. Selena Friesen Ted & Mary Paetkau Athina Panopoulos & Gordon Sinclair Donna and Bill Parrish C.M. Lesia Peet Dr. Beryl Peters & Dr. Blair Peters Harvey I. Pollock Q.C. Dr. & Mrs. Brian Postl Barb & Gerry Price Beth M. Proven 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 Sanford & Deborah Riley Tamara & Garry Roehr Olga & Bill Runnalls Terry Sargeant & Margaret Haney Trudy Schroeder Cheryl & Lorne Sharfe Jimmy & Morse Silden M. Winnifred Sim Pam Simmons* Jack & Elaine Sine Muriel Smith Mrs. B Rae Spear Jim & Jan Tennant


Susan Glass & Arni Thorsteinson Mr. Richard Turner Curt & Cathy Vossen Martin & Michelle Weinberg Don & Florence Whitmore Klaus & Elsa Wolf Klaus and Dorit Wrogemann 1 Anonymous * Founding Members

Friends of the WSO support the WSO each season. Honourary Chair Gwen Hoebig, Concertmaster Symphony Margaret-Lynne & Jim Astwood David & Gillian Bird Lorraine and Gerry Cairns Pierce & Amy Cairns John Corp and Mary Elizabeth McKenzie Margaret Cuddy Miss O. Dilay Carrie Ferguson Robert & Linda Gold Marianne Johnson Lawrence Jones Millie & Wally Kroeker Katarina Kupca W.K. Labies Jack & Zina Lazarek Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Barry & Carol McArton Mr. & Mrs. Sheldon McLeod Gord & Sherratt Moffatt Ms. Marina Plett-Lyle Carolynne Presser Fred & Carolyn Redekop Jim & Pat Richtik Barbara Scheuneman Dr. & Mrs. M.R. Steinbart Ms. Marilyn Thompson Dr. Willem van Oers & Mrs. Margaretha van Oers Raymond & Shirley Wiest Herbert & Shirley Wildeman 3 Anonymous Concerto Judy & Jay Anderson Gorden Andrus & Adele Kory Cheryl & Earl Barish F. Bell Zita & Mark Bernstein Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. C.R. Betts Helga & Gerhard Bock Dr. & Mrs. Brian and Cathie Bowerman Mr. Jim Bracken Sheila & David Brodovsky Mr. & Mrs. F. Buckmaster Gail Carruthers Nancy Cipryk

Dr. & Mrs. David Connor Irene & Robert Corne Ruth Crook Ms. Linda Daniels Esther and Hy Dashevsky Mr. Marcel A. Desautels Mark & Stephanie Dufresne Mrs. Elfrieda H. Dupuis Beverley & Fred Dyck Helene Dyck Mr. & Mrs. W. Easton David and Kathleen Estey Honourable Gary and Honourable Janice Filmon Doug & Phyllis Flint Mr. Wayne Forbes Penny Gilbert Dr. & Mrs. W. L. Gordon Bruno Gossen Ms. Debbie Grenier Patricia Guy Gordon E. Hannon Gregg & Mary Hanson Daniel Heindl & Eugene Boychuk Mrs. Elsie Hignell Bob & Biddy Hilton N & L Holliday Robert Jaskiewicz Koren & Leonard Kaminski J. Gartner & L. Kampeas Maureen Kilgour and Richard Goulet Dr. Istvan Kinizsi Ray Kohanik & Terri Ashcroft T.G. Kucera Mr. Don Lawrence Ms. Francoise Lesage & Mr. Ken Mills James & Pat Ludwig Scott MacDonald & Tracey Novak Douglas MacEwan Dr. & Mrs. John & Natalie Mayba Terri & Jim McKerchar Mrs. E. Louise McLandress Amanda McLeod Margaret & Fred Mooibroek Margaret Moroz Drs. Kenneth & Sharon Mould Bonnie & Richard Olfert Carole & Cam Osler Donna & Ian Plant Tim Preston & Dave Ling Rosemary Prior Fred & Carolyn Redekop J. Reichert Ms. Iris Reimer Mme. Henriette Ricou Judge & Mrs. Charles & Naida Rubin F.E. Sanderson A. Schroeder Merrill & Shayna Shulman Dr. & Mrs. M.R. Steinbart Dr. J.M. Trainor Susan Twaddle Mr. Robert Vineberg Diane Weselake David C. Wilson Harry & Evelyn Wray 4 Anonymous

Serenade Trish Allison-Simms Kaeren Anderson Linda Armbruster Doug Arrell & Dick Smith Mr. Philip Ashdown Dick & Minnie Bell Mrs. Jean M. Bradley Sel & Chris Burrows Ms. Donna Carruthers Ron Clement Julie Collings Pam & Andrew Cooke Martin Reed & Joy Cooper Gary & Fiona Crow Mr. Bradley J. Curran Mr. Tom Dercola Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Dingman Faye Dixon in Memory of Graham John & Ada Ducas Donna Ekerholm George B. Elias Ms. Ursula Erhardt Margaret E. Faber Marcia Fleisher Kevin & Pam Friesen Arnold & Christa Froese George & Carol Gamby Eileen George Larry & Susanne Greer Dr. Don and Jerri Hall Beth & Raymond Harris L. G. Herd Carole Holke Ken & Marilyn Holland Richard & Karen Howell Helmut & Dorothy Huebert Mrs. Joan M. Hunter David Jacobson Terry & Shirley James Ms. Marilyn Kapitany Henry Katz in Memory of Dena Heather Kirkham Mrs. Marion B. Korn Mona Koropatnick Elaine & Patrick Lamonica Mr. Norman Leathers Jennifer Lidstone Rose & Dick Lim Fraser & Joan Linklater Al & Pat Mackling Ms. Lorraine MacLeod Mr. John Macrae Dr. Angelos and Pauline Macrodimitris Ruth May David and Francesca McBean Ms. Nola McBurney Mrs. Jean McLennan Glen Mead Mr. & Mrs. Walter & Gladys Mildren Mrs. Mona Mills Nathan & Carolyn Mitchell Sylvia Mitchell John & Margaret Mundie D. Munro Patricia Mary Patterson Cameron Pauls Ms. Pat Philpott

Mr. Rick Pinchin Irvin & Sandra Plosker Ruth Carol & Leonard Podheiser Don & Carol Poulin Donna & Gordon Price Esther and Reynold Redekopp Levi & Tena Reimer Hans & Gabriele Schneider Marie Schoffner Dr. & Mrs. Alvin and Ethel Schroeder Dr. Robert J. Schroth Dr. L. Sekla Phil & Nancy Shead Ms. Brenda Snider Ms. Deborah Spracklin Gary & Gwen Steiman Mr. & Mrs. Lorne & Lorna Stevens Margaret & Hartley Stinson Paul Swart Dr. & Mrs. David Swatek Dr. & Mrs. S. Szirom Dr. & Mrs. John Taylor Tom & Lori Thomas Mr. & Mrs. Bruce S. Thompson June & Lorne Thompson C. & R. Thomsen Neil & Carol Trembath Ms. Edna Walpole Jack & Bernice Watts Harvey & Sandra Weisman Debbie Wilson Ms. Joan Wise Alfred & Lina Woelke Karin Woods Joan Wright Mr. John Yarema 10 Anonymous Prelude Patricia Allen & Len Dueck Larissa Ashdown Janice & Brian Bailey Allan & Rochelle Baker Barbara & Bruce Ball Robert Barton Audrey Belyea Eric Bergen Bruce & Joyce Berry Donald & Edith Besant Ms. Joanne Biggs Lorne & Rosada Bride Susan Brownstone Brock & Thomas Brock Greg & Sylvia Brodsky Miss Dorothy Broomhall Mr. Chris Brown Mr. E. Brown Irene Brown Jean Brown Ms. Carol Budnick Leona Burdeniuk Mr. Gerald Callow Laura Chan Mrs. Patti Cherney Bea and Lawrie Cherniack Mrs. Leona Christiansen Ms. Marcella Copp Helle Cosby

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Stephen Crane Judy & Werner Danchura Ms. Janice Dietch Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence & Brenda Donald Sally R. Dowler Herbert & Norma Driver Lisa Edel Mrs. M.L. Elliott John & Martha Enns Katharine Enns Siegfried Enns John & Ruth Ens Don and Martha Epstein Doug & Joanne Flynn Mrs. Marguerite Fredette Mrs. Margaret Funk D. Gooch Matthew Gossen Advancement Trust Ms. Mavis E. Gray Marj Grevstad Irene Groot-Koerkamp & Greg Edmond Dr. Don & Jerri Hall Miss Marilyn Hall Dr. Bonnie Hallman Ms. Meghan Hansen Linda A. Harlos Mrs. Phyllis Hatskin Teresa A. Hay Millie Hemmelgarn Marilyn & Helios Hernandez Ms. Shirley Hicks Ms Marilyn Hido Sonia & Harvey Hosfield Rozin & Cathy Iwanicki Jacqueline Iwasienko Wilfred & Dorothy James Alan Janzen & Leona Sookram Father Stan A. Jaworski Ross & Betty Jo Johnston Ms. Bev Kawchuk Mr. & Mrs. W. J. Kinnear Alfonz & Susan Koncan Mrs. Alvina Koshy Jacki & Sheldon Koven Kozub/Halldorson Family D. Kristjanson Miss Patricia Kuchma Edith Landy, in Memory of David Landy Helen La Rue Mrs. Ingrid Lee Mr. R. Leroeye Albert & Helen Litz Lorron Agencies Ltd. Roger Lowe G. & G. Lowry Dr Amrit Malik C. & J. McIntyre Violet McKenzie Mrs. Geraldine McKinley Jean McLennan Mr. & Mrs. Erhard Meier Estelle Meyers Walter A. Mildren Carolyn Garlich and Peter Miller Mrs. Mona Mills Dr. Stan & Wendy Moroz

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Mrs. Joan Ann Morton Leesa Munroe David & Hermine Olfert Miss Jenny Olynyk Shirley & Graham Padgett Mrs. Henny Paritzky Ms. Nettie Peters Ingrid Peters-Fransen Mrs. Helene Picton Ian & Ann-Margret Plummer Ms. Clare Pollock Cristian Popescu Waltraut Riedel-Baun Kevin Rollason & Gail MacAulay Frances E. Rowlin Mr. & Mrs. John Sadler Mr. Johnny Rule Salangad & Ms. Pearly Rule Salangad David Schroeder R. Schroeder Ms. Janet Schubert Viola J. Schultz Mr. Ken Schykulski Charlene Scouten Mr. & Mrs. Ed & Elaine Segstro Marilyn & Jon Seguire Mr. & Ms. Ed Shwedyk Louis & Shirley Ann Simkulak Geri & Peter Spencer Mr. & Mrs. Starodub Ms. Helena Stelsovsky Archie & Shirley Stone Dr. & Mrs. Ian & Karen Sutton Juris & Aija Svenne Robert & Barb Tisdale Edith A. Toews Henry & Elizabeth Toews Dr. Helen A. Toews Mrs. C.M. Valentine Barry and Gail Veals Jesse Vorst Elizabeth M. Wall Jim & Joan Warbeck Jack Watts Waverley Tenant Association Mrs. Evelyn Wener Dorcas & Kirk Windsor Mr. Edwin Yee Donn K.Yuen 16 Anonymous Sonatina Maryvonne & Robert Alarie in Memory of William Cole Jacqueline Anderson Dr. John Badertscher Ms. Donna Beaton Ms. Denise Belanger & Mr. Sidney Shapire Mrs. Eva Berard Anna Bird Shirley Book Frances Booth Norma Bortoluzzi Marilyn Boyd Mrs. Diane Brine Wendy & Ken Broadfoot Sheila Burland Mr. John Burrows Canon Canada Inc.

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Ms. Arline Christopherson S.K. Clark Mr. & Dr. Brad Cloet Mrs. Barbara Coombs Mr. Alfred Cornies Karen Couch Ms. Judy Crawford Mr. & Mrs. Ted Cunningham D. Cymbalist Beth Derraugh Marlene & Fred Dickson Mrs. Ethel Dil Ms. Marian Dore Paul Dueck Ms. Sheila M. Dumore Ms. Georgette Durand Vera & Peter Fast Mr. Paul Ficek Cal & Lois Finch Hilda Franz Ms. Anne Friesen Mrs. Donna Friesen Mr. Joe Furber Mrs. Cathy Gervais Mrs. Barbara Gessner Mr. Christopher Golden Heather Graham Mrs. Inga Granovskaya Victoria Gretchen Mr. Anthony (Tony) Griffin Ms. Marianne Gruber Ms. Marion Guinn B. & R. Hall Gertrude Hamilton Mrs. Helen Hayward Kelly Hearson Jean Highmoor Dorothy L. Hodgson Stella Hryniuk Mrs. Mary-Ann Hudjik William J. Hutton Pat Jarrett David & Heather Jenkins Brent & Karen Johnson Mr. Tim Kasprick Mr. Gordon C. Keatch Katie Kirkpatrick Ms. Betty Laing Elizabeth Lansard Wayne & Helen LeBlanc Mr. Gabriel Lemoine Katrina Limberatos John & Carol MacKenzie Joyce Manwaring Mr. & Mrs. Jeff & Karen L. Mark Mrs. Irene Marriott Dr. & Mrs. Ihor Mayba Hugh McCabe Ms. Susan McCarthy Mr. Derek McLean Ardythe McMaster Lyle McNichol & Frances Stewart Mrs. Jocelyn Millard Maureen Morin Mr. Robert Nix Shirley & Graham Padgett Mrs. Margaret Parker

Sonjia Pasiechnik Trudy Patzer Ellen Peel & Neil Bruneau Mr. Irwine Permut Ken & Geri Porath Mrs. Glennys Propp Bryan & Diana Purdy Mrs. Avis Raber Ms. Pat Repa Gisela Roger Mrs. V. Rosolowich John & Shirley Russell Kay Schalme William Scheidt Mrs. Edna Schneider Izzy Shore Mrs. Elaine Silverberg Mr. & Mrs. Robert Smith Mrs. Joyce Smyth Mrs. Marilyn Stothers Lorne Sunley Muriel Sutherland Mrs. Joan Swaffer Gladys Tarala Ross & Bette Jayne Taylor Ms. Anne Thiessen Ms. Doreen Thorlacius Nancy & Geoff Tidmarsh Ms. Andrea Towers Shelley Turnbull Ms. Eleanor Urquhart Denis Vincent Mrs. Laurabelle Wallace Mr. Glen Angus Webster Miss Christine Wojcikowski Beverley Zimmerman 11 Anonymous

The WSO gratefully acknowledges the following patrons whose foresight helps to ensure longterm financial support for the WSO. Thank you! Edwin & Susan Bethune Lorraine and Gerry Cairns Stephen Choy & Gina Yoo Dorothy Comer and Her Daughters in Memory of Fern Royds Ray G. Davis Helene Dyck Marilyn & Helios Hernandez Marilynne Keil, in Memory of David H. Skinner Judith Meunier Grant & Janet Saunders Barbara Scheuneman Jim & Jan Tennant James & Claudia Weselake 1 Anonymous


B. & R. Hall Teresa A. Hay Larry & Evelyn Hecht Monique Henderson Katherine Himelblau Festival donors help to further Dorothy L. Hodgson the musical artistry of the Mrs. Katherine Hoeppner WSO’s New Music Festival. Huynh Van Ho Thank you! Ishbel Isaacs, in Loving Memory Alpha Masonry of Gijsbert Crielaard Aubrey & Dr. Linda Asper Ms. Margaret Jeffries Alison Baldwin Mr. & Mrs. C Jenkins Jackie Brignall Ross & Betty Jo Johnston Kevin Burns Marilyn Kapitany Timothy & Barbara Burt Kevin & Els Kavanagh David Carr Ursula & Sandor Kelemen Jill Carr & Alex Snukal Ms. Mary Klassen Dr. & Mrs. David Connor Sandra Kneller Share the Music is a unique Ravi Dookeran Mr. Eugene S. Kovach outreach initiative of the WSO Mrs. Ann England Cycelia Lazarowich in Memory of that allows economically Herbert Enns Gijsbert Crielaard disadvantaged children and Robert Enright Frances Lemieux their families to attend WSO Daniel Friedman & Rob Dalgliesh performances. Thank you for Ms. Marion Lewis Wendy Gale Tom Liewicki in memory of Lovie helping to Share the Music! Tyler Gompf Liewicki Stepan Gordienko Katherine Devine & George Andrich Dr. Judith Littleford Dr. Alexander Grunfeld & Silvester Pat & Harvey Anton Dr. Brendan MacDougall Komlodi Ms. Margaret Barbour Dr. Sabine Mai Dr. Don & Jerri Hall Ralph & Eileen Baxter James Manishen Ms. Helen Hawrysh Bernice Blakeman Elaine & Neil Margolis Dr. Wolfgang Heidenreich in Mrs. Lucienne Blouw, in Memory C & V Martens Support of Composer Henryk of Gijsbert Crielaard Mr. Peter Martin Gorecki for the 2016-17 WNMF Ms. Patricia Bozyk Reina & Mark McDowell - in Memory Marilyn & Helios Hernandez Sheila & David Brodovsky of Gijsbert Crielaard Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Hildebrand Ms. Carol Budnick Jean & Mike McIlrath Bonnie Dee & Richard Jakubowski Ms. Linda Campbell Mr. Sheldon Leonard McLeod Kim Jeremic Ms. Rheo Catt Mrs. Jose Meers Drs. Keith & Gwyneth Jones Eileen & Ted Ms. Pat Michalski Koren & Leonard Kaminski Shelley Chochinov L & D Mitchell Ms. Jose Koes Ray Cloutier in Memory of M. Mohr Konstantinos Kotoulas & Family Gijsbert Crielaard Margaret Moroz in Memory of Dr. Thomas G Kucera Joan C. Cohen Gijsbert Crielaard Ron Lambert Marlene Crielaard, In Memory of Vera Moroz Moira Swinton and Bernie Léveillé Gijsbert Crielaard Bill & Hilda Muir Hideo Mabuchi Michele Del Rizzo Dr. Sidney & Gwen Nelko Drs. Eleanor & Grant MacDougall Dr. & Mrs. Harold Diamond M. Nancy Lynn O'Brien Mr. & Mrs. Cam & Joy MacLean Monica Dinney in Memory of D Ogale Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Gijsbert Crielaard Truus Oliver Lori Marks Doreen Docking Sam O. Mr. Frank Martin Ms. Enid Durward Mrs. Alice Oswald Ms. Theresa Martin Ken Dyck Mr. & Mrs. David & Wanda Pike Brent Mazur Shaun Dyck in Memory of Gijsbert Ms. Clare Pollock The A. K. Menkis Medical Crielaard Ms. Rose Popowich Corporation Mr. & Ms. John Edwards Rosemary & Walter Prychodko Ron & Sandi Mielitz Don & Martha Epstein Ms. Marlene Reguly Ms. Sheila Miller Kathy Feader Pat and Bill Reid Mrs. Brenda Morlock Honourable Gary & Ms. Lyse Remillard Margaret Moroz Honourable Janice Filmon Tannis Richardson Matthew Narvey Dr. Leeann Fishback Don & Joceline Ringach, Pamela Michael Narvey Dorothy Flight Ringach & Chris Jordan Cindy Newfield Mrs. Louise Friesen David & Elena Roberts Mikaela Oldenkamp Mrs. Joyce Fyke Mr. & Mrs. Norm Sagert Mr. Chris Pearce Jocelyn and Mark Gabbert Olive Sayers Lesia Peet George & Carol Gamby Barbara Scheuneman Kathleen Polischuk & Richard Francois Gauvin Your HR Support Co. Derksen The Staff of GD5 in Memory of Mr. Walter Silicz Dr. Bill Pope & Dr. Elizabeth Gijsbert Crielaard Mrs. Roslyn Silver Tippett-Pope Mr. Richard Gillanders Bill Reid Dr. Don & Jerri Hall In memory of Lois Ms. Brenda Sklar Debbie Smith Majid & Moti Shojania Anderson Muriel Smith Carrie Solmundson Terrell Stephen Ms. Marlene Stern Jon Stewart Sally Sweatman Tetrem Capital Management Ms. Stephanie M. van Nest Curt & Cathy Vossen Ms. Meeka Walsh Karin Woods Dr. Jens J. Wrogemann 1 Anonymous

Ms. Maureen Southam Ms. Deborah Spracklin Herbert Stewart In honour of Kinzel Keys Mrs. Joan Swaffer Ms. Ruth Swan Dr. & Mrs. S. Szirom Dr. Teresa Sztaba Mr. & Mrs. Robert Tapscott James & Marlene Taylor Ross & Bette Jayne Taylor Etta Telford in Memory of Gijsbert Crielaard Jim & Jan Tennant Anne Thiessen in Memory of Gijsbert Crielaard Mrs. Bonnie E Thiessen in Memory of Gijsbert Crielaard Ms. Mia Timmermans Ms. Melita Tonogai Fran & Estela Violago E. Sylvia Warrington Professor A.M.C. Waterman Betty Wayborn in Memory of Gijsbert Crielaard Carmel Wayborn in Memory of Gijsbert Crielaard Bruno Zimmer 24 Anonymous

Sistema Winnipeg is a free daily after-school program offered at no cost to participants that enriches the lives of children and young people with the fewest resources and the greatest need. The WSO gratefully acknowledges the following patrons whose support makes a difference in the everyday lives of these children. Thank you!

Honourary Chair Daniel Scholz, Principal Viola Maestoso Burns Foundation RBC Foundation Richardson Foundation Vivace Boeing Canada Winnipeg Cavalia Inc. The Winnipeg Foundation Con Brio Garth Lee Strings Souchay Gossen Family Foundation Michael S Gray Fund Manitoba Community Services Council The Winnipeg Foundation - George and Tannis Richardson Fund Rotary Club of Winnipeg North Don & Lorraine Swanson

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Allegro Alpha Masonry Mr. Ron Bell Timothy & Barbara Burt Ms. Brenlee Carrington Trepel The Winnipeg Foundation - Chief Justice Richard J. Scott and Mary Scott Fund Jocelyn and Mark Gabbert in memory of Benjamin John West Flynn Mr. Elmer Hildebrand Mr. & Mrs. Philippe Le Dorze Ms. Gail E. Loewen Dr. David Lyttle Lydia MacKenzie in Honour of John J. March and His Parents Tom McIlwham Ron & Sandi Mielitz Scott MacDonald & Tracey Novak Mr. Jean-Francois Phaneuf Maurice (Moe) & Ethel Pierce Fund, Jewish Foundation of Manitoba Ms. Charlotte Robbins Jim & Jan Tennant E. Toews Strang / van Ineveld Family Faye Warren John Wells Conmoto ADESA Winnipeg Kathleen & Ken Alder James & Faye Alward in Honour of Margot J. Alward Ralph & Eileen Baxter Jennifer Beirnes Byrnes Benoit Ms. Diane Bewell Tammy Brock in Honour of Noah Weiszner's 65th Birthday Paul & Doreen Bromley Lorraine & Gerry Cairns Camerata Nova Mrs. Audrey Campbell Dave Christie In Memory of Robert Coates Helen Bergen, Music Director FGUC Joan C. Cohen Dr. & Mrs. Jamit And Courtney Dhaliwal Claire Dionne Bob Dueck and Joan Duerksen Caroline Elder Ms. Catherine Flower Judith Flynn Peter Flynn Hilda Franz ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design Helena Jane Gahungu Evelyn & Ricardo Galima Gardon Construction Ltd. Mr. & Mrs. Ben & Nadia Hanuschak Robin Hildebrand Arlene Hintsa in Memory of Marilyn Karen Hiscott Patricia Holbrow William J. Hutton

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Margaret Jeffries Peter Jessiman Joseph and Judith Malko Family Fund At the Strategic Charitable Giving Foundation Ms. Nadia Kamienski Ms. Jayne Laverne Kapac Kevin & Els Kavanagh Marilynne Keil Dr. Terry Klassen & Ms. Grace Dueck Zandra Lea in Honour of Paul and Pamela Connolly Mrs. Anita Malbranck Mrs. Maureen McIntosh Iona McPhee Ms. Linda Meckling Ron and Sandi Mielitz Ms. Marlene Milne Ms. Francine Morin Mr. Robert Nix Ms. Lucy Nykolyshyn Mr. David Pate Leena Patel Patricia M. Patterson in Memory of Max & Pearl Kuran and Mary Kuran; In Honour of Beatrice Kuran, Jean Kuran and Una Kuran Mr. Blair Peppler Mrs. Edna Poulter Ms. Lois Powne Joan Sabourin Ms. Corazon Saquilayan Mrs. Claudia Sarbit Mr. Terry Sargeant Heather Sarna In Memory of Jean Sauder Nicola Schaefer Barbara Scheuneman Perce & Elizabeth Schirmer Foundation Ed & Susan Schmidt Trudy Schroeder Mrs. Mary Scott Betty & Sam Searle Olga & Myron Shatulsky Wilma Sotas Diane Stewart Telpay Inc. Mary and Robert Thomas Deborah Thorlakson in Celebration of Mrs. Tannis Richardson's Birthday Greg Tramley in Memory of Dave Hunt Neil & Carol Trembath Ms. Terry Trupp Judith & Francisco Valenzuela Ms. Christine Van Cauwenberghe Curt & Cathy Vossen Gerri Weigeldt Dr. Noah Weiszner Diane Weselake In Honour of Doug and Loreen Buss’ Marriage WhoDunit? Mystery Bookstore Grace M. Wiebe Karin Woods Wynward Insurance Group Libby Yager & Billy Brodovsky 4 Anonymous

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ANNUAL CAMPAIGN The WSO gratefully acknowledges the following patrons whose generosity helped to support orchestral music in our community. Thank you! Ms. Sylvia L. Barr Frances Booth Wendy Broadfoot Lori Butler Eileen Chaban Jean Cunningham Ellen Curtis Piotr Czaykowski & Anne Worley Lisa Edel Donna Ekerholm Wayne Forbes Ms. Susan Hildebrandt Carole Holke Margaret Jeffries Ken Kinsley Paul Kosowan P. M. Litwin Aubrey Margolis Bob and Betty McCamis D. Morrison Ms. Lillian Murphy Ellen Peel & Neil Bruneau Mr. Irwine Permut Dr. Robert Schroth Mrs. Doreen Shanks Pam Simmons Mr. & Mrs. A.E. Stanton 9 Anonymous Remembrance Day Rheo Catt in memory of Rex Catt In Memory of Graham Dixon Barbara Filuk in Honour of Alex Pitkethly Ms. Catherine Flower Ms. Robin Hildebrand Ms. Betty Laing in Honour of All Veterans Albert & Helen Litz, in Honour of Our Veterans Margaret Mahon in Honour of her Father, Thomas Hoey McGown C. & J. McIntyre in Honour of All Veterans Neil Middleton in memory of Michael Bundon Mrs. Kathy Parry in honour of "PINK" RCN 4760 Donna & Gordon Price in Honour of Donald MacDonald Jim Skinner & Judy Nichol, in honour of James Edward Skinner and the late James Edward Nichol Jim & Jan Tennant in honour of Stan and Ralph Hanson 3 Anonymous Listing as of Dec 1 2015 – Dec 1, 2016


PRESIDENTS OF THE WINNIPEG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 1948-51 1951-53 1953-55 1955-57 1957-58 1958-61 1961-62 1962-64 1964-65 1965-67 1967-69 1969-71 1971-73 1973-74 1974-76 1976-78 1978-79 1979-80 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83 1983-84

Hon. Mr. Justice J. T. Beaubien Mr. J. M. Sinclair Dr. Digby Wheeler Mr. W. D. Hurst Dr. Hugh H. Saunderson Mr. E. W. H. Brown Mr. David Slater The Hon. Mr. Justice Monnin Mr. Norman J. Alexander Mr. R. W. Richards Mr. W. R. Palmer Mr. E. J. Smith Dr. M. M. Pierce Mr. H. S. Brock-Smith Mr. Allan G. Moffatt Mr. Julian D. T. Benson Mr. John L. Buckworth Mr. N. Roger McFallon Mr. John F. Fraser Mr. William W. Draper Mr. John O. Baatz Mr. Andrew D. M. Ogaranko, Q.C.

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Mr. Harold Buchwald, Q.C. Mr. Michel Lagacé Mr. William H. Loewen Mrs. Julia DeFehr Mr. Gordon Fogg Mrs. Helen Hayles Mr. Anthony Brookes Mrs. Helen Hayles Mr. William Norrie Mr. William Loewen Mr. Bruce MacCormack Mr. Roger King Ms. Patti Sullivan Mr. Wally Fox-Decent Ms. Carol Bellringer Mr. Harvey I Pollock, QC (Interim President) Mr. Brendan MacDougall Ms. Dorothy Dobbie Mr. Timothy E. Burt, CFA Mr. Terry Sargeant

PRESIDENT’S ADVISORY COUNCIL Al Alexandruk Mal Anderson Carol Bellringer Marilyn Billinkoff Doneta Brotchie John and Bonnie Buhler James Carr Edmund Dawe, D.M.A. Dorothy Dobbie Greg Doyle Jamie Dolynchuk Julia De Fehr Susan Feldman Barbara Filuk Wally Fox-Decent Jack Fraser Evelyn Friesen 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 Jackie Lowe Dr. Brendan MacDougall Don MacKenzie Bill Marr Ed J. Martens Michael Nozick

Harvey I Pollock, QC Dr. William Pope John Rademaker Kathleen Richardson Tannis Richardson Leney Richardson Ed Richmond Lorne Sharfe William Shead Graeme Sifton Joanne Sigurdson Muriel Smith Bonnie Staples-Lyon Brenlee Carrington Trepel Dennis Wallace

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WSO BOARD & STAFF 2016-2017 SEASON BOARD OF DIRECTORS Terence Sargeant, President Curt Vossen, Vice President Rob Kowalchuk, Treasurer Michael Kay, Corporate Secretary Timothy E. Burt, CFA Past President Ida Albo Sandra Altner Lucienne Blouw Emily Burt, MBA, CFA James Cohen Arlene Dahl Marten Duhoux Steven Dyer

Alan Freeman Daniel Friedman Dr. Selena Friesen Micah Heilbrunn Robin Hildebrand Peter Jessiman Margaret Kellermann McCulloch Maureen Kilgour Silvester Komlodi Sotirios Kotoulas Dr. Eleanor MacDougall Sherratt Moffatt Richard Turner Trudy Schroeder, Executive Director Alexander Mickelthwate, Music Director

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Lyn Stienstra, VP Finance & Administration Sandi Mitchell, Payroll & Accounting Administrator Oscar Pantaleon Jr., Finance & Administration Assistant SALES & AUDIENCE SERVICES Ryan Diduck, VP Sales & Audience Services Desiree La Vallee, Patron Services Coordinator Theresa Huscroft, Group Events Representative Rachel Himelblau, Patron Services Representative Aaron Lewis, Sales Specialist Patron Services Representatives (p/t): Phil Corrin Melissa Houston Meg Dolovich Laura Gow Kristie Enns Crystal Schwartz Shevann Fortune Stephanie Van Nest Jason Hayes MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT Neil Middleton,VP Marketing & Sponsorship Beth Proven,VP Development Carol Cassels, Development Manager Shenna Song, Development Coordinator Sarah Panas, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Matt Brooks, Designer Diana Chabai, Intern S.Thompson Designs Inc.

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WOMEN'S COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE Sherratt Moffatt, President Winnifred Warkentin, Vice-President Sylvia Cassie, Past President Nancy Weedon, Treasurer Agnes Bailey, Secretary Florence Bell, Asssistant TRUDY SCHROEDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ALEXANDER MICKELTHWATE, MUSIC DIRECTOR Bramwell Tovey, Conductor Laureate Julian Pellicano, Resident Conductor

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OUR DISTINGUISHED PATRONS Her Honour the Honourable Janice C. Filmon C.M., O.M. Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba The Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba His Worship Brian Bowman, Mayor of the City of Winnipeg Mr. W.H. Loewen & Mrs. S.E. Loewen, WSO Directors Emeritus

EXECUTIVE OFFICE Lori Marks, Confidential Executive Assistant ARTISTIC OPERATIONS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Jean-Francois Phaneuf, VP Artistic Operations & Community Engagement James Manishen, Artistic Operations Associate Evan Klassen, Production Manager Sheena Sanderson, Stage Manager Chris Lee, Orchestra Personnel Manager Ray Chrunyk, Principal Librarian Laura MacDougall, Assistant Librarian Lawrence Rentz, Stage Supervisor Brent Johnson, Education & Community Engagement Manager Amy Wolfe, Education Coordinator Lindsay Woolgar, Education Programs Coordinator (Term) Shannon Darby, Sistema Winnipeg Manager

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