The Winnipeg Youth Orchestras (WYO) give like-minded, passionate young musicians the opportunity to better their playing in a symphonic setting while exploring some of the great works in the repertoire. 

On Monday night, the senior group, the WYO Youth Symphony, performs in their Wintertide Concert. 




“It’s so great to be together and in person,” says conductor Andrea Bell, ahead of WYO’s first performance in the new year. 

After working remotely over the past two years, this season has seen the players return to near regular rehearsals. 

“Every week, there’s maybe 2 to 6 kids that Zoom in because maybe they’re not feeling well,” says Bell. “People are being cautious, which is great.” 

The WYO Youth Symphony is the eldest group in the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras' family, made up of students in school Grade 10 to a maximum age of 21. 

In a program featuring music of Antonin Dvorak, Samuel Barber and more, Bell beams when describing the calibre of the players. “We’re really excited about our concert,” she says. “The kids have put in a lot of work.” 

The Wintertide Concert also gives two of this year’s WYO Scholarship Competition winners the opportunity to perform alongside their colleagues.

Sophie Reimer-Epp plays the opening movement to the Henryk Wieniawski violin concerto and fellow violinist Malacai Hiebert performs the opening movement to the Alexander Glazunov concerto. 

WYO Youth Symphony’s Wintertide Concert takes place 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 21 at Lutheran Church of the Cross (560 Arlington Street). 

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