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Monday, October 5, 2009

Winnipeg High School Students get Up Close & Orchestral with the WSO

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is the celebrated hub of Winnipeg's rich cultural life, delighting more than 100,000 audience members each year with innovative programming and musical excellence. The WSO presents educational programs for more than 25,000 students annually and tours outside the city reaching out to communities across Manitoba.

Winnipeg, MB - “ The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s (WSO) Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate and the WSO will go back to school as the Up Close and Orchestral program enters its fourth year on Tuesday, October 6 with a 2:10 PM performance at Miles Macdonell Collegiate. The program runs from October 6 to October 9 and will see the WSO performing in six different public school divisions, including a school in the Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine, as well as one independent school.

“We’re thrilled to build on the excitement we’ve generated in the last three years of the program, says Tanya Derksen, the WSO’s Director of Education and Outreach. “Up Close and Orchestral is a terrific way for students to get to know the musicians of the WSO and to develop an appreciation for the music.”

The WSO’s Up Close and Orchestral program is designed to introduce high school students to orchestral music in a unique, up close and personal way. The performances will also feature Brandon’s Justin Hickmott, winner of the WSO’s Student Soloist Competition. Justin will perform a movement of Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto in the schools with the WSO.

Students from participating schools are also invited to attend the WSO’s October 30 Masterworks concert, Dvorak’s New World Symphony.

Up Close and Orchestral program schedule

Tuesday, October 6

Miles Macdonell Collegiate - Performance at 2:10 PM

Wednesday, October 7
St. John’s-
Ravenscourt School - Performance at 10:30 AM

Collège Jeanne-Sauvé - Performance at 2:00 PM

Thursday, October 8

Oak Park High School - Performance at 10:30 AM

St. James Collegiate - Performance at 2:00 PM

Friday, October 9

Centre scolaire Léo-Rémillard - Performance at 10:30 AM

R.B. Russell Vocational School - Performance at 2:00 PM

Up Close and Orchestral is a program that makes a direct connection with high school students. Led by our talented and vibrant conductors, more than 3500 students receive a rare opportunity to meet the WSO and experience an ‘up close and personal’ orchestra performance in their school.

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