This Friday and Saturday Night April 22nd and 23rd, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the man, the myth, the legend Paul Schafer.

Known for his long-time friendship with David Letterman, working as music director for the world’s most dangerous the CBS Orchestra, Shaffer will be taking audience members on a symphonic journey through his illustrious musical life.

Starting from his humble beginnings, taking piano lessons as a child in his home in Thunder Bay, Ontario, all the way through to his much-storied career; Shaffer will tell stories alongside pop, rock, and R & B songs performed with the WSO.

From highlights including, performing as a musician in the Saturday Night Live band, his acting performance in This is Spinal Tap to being the long-time bandleader of the CBS Orchestra alongside his lifelong friend David Letterman, this show will have something for everyone.

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra holds a very special place in Shaffer’s heart. “As a child in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra was the very first orchestra I ever got to see….when they came to Thunder Bay…so talk about a full circle,” states Shaffer. “The orchestra is world-renowned for their special sound… and I can’t wait to work with them now.”

Another highlight for Winnipeg audiences is that Shaffer will be bringing along his good friend, Motown legend Valerie Simpson. Known for hits such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and “I’m Every Women,” Shaffer is thrilled to have her on stage as a special guest. She will be doing all of her hits as well as the hit song “It’s raining Men,” which Shaffer wrote the music for.

The amazing musician Paul Shaffer, backed up by the sheer energy and sound of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, performing hits that were seminal to Shaffer’s life and career... this is a concert that will be sure to get you tapping your toes, singing along and rejoicing and reminiscing in Shaffer’s musical journey

The WSO performs this Friday, April 22nd, and Saturday, April 23rd at 7:30 at the Centennial Concert Hall.