WSO celebrates musical milestone on the storied stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall
IT will be a moment when the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will have come of age. The 66-year-old organization will make its latest foray onto the world stage Thursday evening when it performs at the Spring for Music Festival at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.
“It’s a huge milestone,” says WSO executive director Trudy Schroeder, who joined the organization in 2008. “It’s also a recognition of the special work going on here in Winnipeg, and our commitment to new music. It’s a real feather in our cap, and for our composers. “Performing at Carnegie Hall is not only an affirmation of where we are now, but also a strong indicator of an orchestra that is on the rise, not on the fall. We’re having a lot of fun with this concert. History of another sort was made that evening, Francesconi says. The WSO performance was the first-ever digital recording made at Carnegie Hall. “The Spring for Music series has been really wonderful because it allows people to perform music that normally doesn’t get heard,” Francesconi says. “And as Isaac Stern used to say, it’s a high-water mark when you’re performing at Carnegie Hall.” It’ll be a high-water mark for the orchestra and the 800 Winnipeggers who will accompany the musicians, who include prominent leaders of Manitoba’s business community such as Gail Asper, Jim Carr, Mark Chipman and Hartley Richardson. Mayor Sam Katz will attend and so will Gary Doer, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, who was also named honorary chair of the WSO’s “Manitoba to Manhattan” campaign committee.
Scottish percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, left, rehearses with the WSO in advance of their concert at Carnegie Hall, above.