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Friday, March 13, 2009

Rainer Hersch with the WSO

Rainer Hersch presents new orchestra show:
Last Night of the Proms...Ever!
Rainer Hersch, musician, comedian and conductor
Lindsay Sutherland Boal, soprano soloist
Friday, March 27 at 8pm
Saturday, March 28 at 8pm
Sunday, March 29 at 2pm
“You really have to see (Hersch) live to appreciate how skillfully he can weave together music and mirth. And the beauty of it is that you don't have to know your Bach from your Elgar to appreciate the punch lines."
- Evening Standard Comedy Choice
A perennial favourite of Winnipeg Symphony and Fringe Festival audiences, Rainer Hersch (click for bio) returns to the river city, following a year hiatus, to perform a brand new show with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. The Last Night of the Proms…Ever! pokes fun at all things British and musical and parodies the jewel of the British concert season, the BBC Proms**.
Though Britain has no official national anthem, several songs have made their way in to the heart of British patriotic repertoire – Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, God Save the Queen, Danny Boy and Scotland the Brave – and Rainer (respectfully) takes aim at them all.
With the help of the top-notch WSO musicians and soprano Lindsay Sutherland Boal (click for bio), Rainer will navigate the world of ‘pomp and circumstance’ that is British classical music. Whether you know anything about classical music or not makes no difference – maestro Rainer Hersch presents a program of truly classic comedy.
Caring for the Caregivers
This concert, an uplifting mix of music and comedy, is also an opportunity for the WSO to honour Winnipeg healthcare workers for their outstanding contributions to our community. Thanks to generous support from Manitoba Lotteries Corporation Great-West Life and Manitoba Artists in Healthcare, the WSO has invited these caregivers to the Friday night performance.
Ticket Info
Tickets for Rainer Hersch’s Last Night of the Proms range from $28.50 to $65.00 and are available through the WSO box office at 949-3999, online at www.wso.mb.ca or at any Ticketmaster outlet.
As a thank-you for their hard work and dedication to our community, Winnipeg firefighters, police and paramedics may purchase tickets for any of the three performances for $25 (best available seats, excluding loge).
**The BBC Proms is an eight-week concert series featuring daily classical music events throughout London that has been a tradition for over one hundred years. The Last Night of the Proms concert features light classics and the most well-loved and patriotic of British music, including Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance Marches.

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