In one of their final concerts of the season, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra presents Manitoba Remembers: A Covid Elegy.
A free musical event exploring the profound impacts of the pandemic, while also offering hope and dealing through stories, images and, of course, the power of music.
“This event is intended to press the pause button at roughly the two year mark (of the COVID-19 pandemic)” says WSO executive director Angela Birdsell, acknowledging the viruses continued presence in the community. “To bring us together as Manitobans — in the Concert Hall and online — to acknowledge what we’ve all been through together.”
Originally conceived as a “service” rather than a “concert,” the 90 minute program focuses on a wide variety of music played by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra interspersed with video and photo excerpts featuring testimonials and reflections by Manitobans.
“We can pause and reflect: listen to a story, hear a piece of music, see an image. It’s really a multiple experience on the stage and on the screen,” says Birdsell.
Joining the WSO in performance are Tracy Dahl, the Winnipeg Singers, Maples Collegiate Choir, Don Amero, Kelly Bado and a special performance by WSO concertmaster Gwen Hoebig.
Tickets to this event — either in person or online — are available at no cost thanks to a generous outpouring of donations.
Simply reserve your seats through the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra website: www.wso.ca
Manitoba Remembers: A Covid Elegy takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at the Centennial Concert Hall.