The legacy of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is integral to Winnipeg’s rich cultural life. Entering its 65th year for the 2012-2013 season, the symphony performs more than 80 concerts for approximately 100,000 people each year and offers a wide range of musical experiences ranging from great art of the master composers to Pops, family concerts, educational performances, and other special concerts.
The Orchestra has performed hundreds of world and Canadian premieres and has embraced playing music by living composers while they host the internationally recognized New Music Festival held each February.
The WSO continues to provide the musical foundation for other arts groups in the province such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Opera and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. In addition to performing in Brandon on a regular basis, the orchestra tours rural Manitoba annually during the holiday season in the Power Smart Holiday Express Tour, visiting areas like Virden, Portage la Prairie, Neepawa, Morden and Winkler.
The WSO believes in the importance of providing education and outreach programs to all Manitobans. From nursery school through university, our education programs reach more than 30,000 students annually. Striving to promote symphonic music, the WSO also partners with local organizations and develops community initiatives.