MAGIC MO­MENT

WSO cel­e­brates mu­si­cal mile­stone on the sto­ried stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - FRONT PAGE - HAR­RIS

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.

CARNEGIE HALL/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Scot­tish per­cus­sion­ist Dame Eve­lyn Glen­nie, left, re­hearses with the WSO in ad­vance of their con­cert at Carnegie Hall, above.

MELISSA TAIT / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

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