WINNIPEG ― The Up Close and Orchestral program is back for the sixth consecutive year. Starting today, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and music director Alexander Mickelthwate are set to visit seven Winnipeg schools where they will perform a series of concerts until October 7.
The Up Close and Orchestral program will introduce grade 9-12 students to orchestral music, while featuring the winner of the WSO’s 2011 annual Student Soloist Competition, flautist Jaena Kim. The young musician was chosen for her ability, musicianship and style among a list of woodwind, brass and percussion Manitoba students ages 14 to 18. She will perform the final section of Doppler’s “Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise Op.26” with the WSO.
Voluntary students will have the opportunity to make their “WSO debut” as either the guest conductor during Bizet’s “Toreador March” from “Carmen” or as the “anvil pounding” guest artist during Verdi’s “Anvil Chorus.”
Participating students will also be able to enjoy the WSO’s first Soundbytes concert of the 2011-12 season on November 26. Hosted by Canada’s leading Rock historian, John Einarson, “Rock Owes the Classics” takes the audience on a personally guided tour of classical music chosen by renowned Rock groups like The Beatles, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and Procol Harum.
Up Close & Orchestral program schedule
September 28, 2011 (1:15 p.m.) – Garden City Collegiate, 711 Jefferson
October 5, 2011 (10:30 a.m.) – Tec Voc High School, 1555 Wall Street
October 5, 2011 (2 p.m.) – St. John’s High School, 401 Church Avenue
October 6, 2011 (10:30 a.m.) – River East Collegiate, 295 Sutton Avenue
October 6, 2011 (2 p.m.) – Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, 720 Alverstone Street
October 7, 2011 (10:30 a.m.) – Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, 188 St. Mary’s Road
October 7, 2011 (1:45 p.m.) – Centre Scolaire Léo-Remillard, 1095 St. Anne’s Road
Up Close and Orchestral is an annual program that allows thousands of students to get directly acquainted with members of the WSO and experience an ‘up close and personal’ orchestra performance in their school. For more information, contact Brent Johnson, education projects coordinator, at 949-3964 or [email protected]
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