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Formed in February 1947, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest and most renowned orchestras in Canada. This ensemble is now scheduled to appear in Carnegie Hall for a live performance. Get your Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra tickets today and witness the ultimate live musical experience.
The current Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra was initiated by two orchestras of the same name, one in 1920 and the other one in 1930. In 1944 CBC organized the Winnipeg Civic Music League, as a joint stock company and named it the “Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Ltd”. The first performance given by this orchestra was in the Civic Auditorium, on 16th December 1948, under Walter Kaufmann as the Symphony’s music director. It included a 73-piece orchestra and played two of the conductor’s compositions.
In 1954, CBC started broadcasting parts of Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s performances. That played a major role in boosting its popularity. Victor Feldbrill succeeded Kaufman as the symphony conductor and was able to establish a nucleus of about 45 players on a 26-week contract. This led the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra to become one of the full-time symphony orchestras in Canada. During the same time, the orchestra started including the works of Canadian artists in their programs. Murray Adaskin, John Beckwith, Harry Freedman and Violet Archer are some of the names among many notable composers and musicians whose work was incorporated by the Winnipeg Symphony in their performances.
In 1968, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra moved their amazing music creation activities to their present home Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall. George Cleveland succeeded Freedman as the director in 1968, and in the two years of his stay the orchestra took over the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, as well as performed the premier of Victor Davies. This set the floor for the success that this orchestra was about to experience.
In 1971, the former child-prodigy, Italian pianist Piero Gamba was appointed as the symphony’s director, and Ruben Gurevich was appointed as his assistant. Gamba was the winner of Arnold Bax Memorial Medal, he had conducted orchestra performances in forty countries and he had been the honorary director of nine orchestras. With such extensive experience, it is not a surprise that Gamba took Winnipeg Symphony to such incredible heights, both in terms of performances and popularity.
By the mid seventies, the orchestra had swelled to eighty members and gave twelve pairs of subscription concerts, about 25 children concerts and 3-4 pop concerts every year. The philharmonic choir of the orchestra also added to its repertoire the incredible performances of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and Ninth Symphony tunes. This portfolio of remarkable music has only expanded over the years.
The golden age for the orchestra had yet to come; it arrived when Kazuhiro Koizumi ascended to the directorship of the symphony in 1983. Trained in Tokyo and Berlin, the former director of New Japan Philharmonic, led the orchestra to excel in the chorus and orchestra with late-romantic works. Under Koizumi the orchestra also started publishing its house program, called Overture. These measures left behind the financial problems for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and took it on an entirely new road towards great success.
The symphony has been on a road to success since then, although it has to face some bumps on the financial road, its popularity has stayed intact. Since 2008, there have been 67 core players with main subscription series of twelve concerts, 21 pop series concerts, six-series concerts in Brandon and Musically Speaking and Family series of five concerts each.
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has now become the nucleus of classical music in the city. Its inventive and heartfelt music compositions attract legions of fans at every performance. Get your Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra tickets today to attend their live music concert and join the crowds in celebrating the wonderful music talent possessed by the members of this amazing group of musicians.