It’s no secret that Winnipeg is home to a vibrant arts and culture scene. After a summer packed full of festivals that celebrate everything from music, to theatre, to our cultural roots, comes a fall packed equally as full as our city’s famed arts groups launch their new seasons.
Marking the 10th season of its well-loved Artistic Director, Alexander Mickelthwate, the WSO is offering a dynamic line-up, including piano prodigy Umi Garrett performing the music of Mozart and Beethoven. Home-grown opera star Andriana Chuchman performs Orff’s Carmina Burana, and the music of Mahler and Bruckner will fill Winnipeg’s Centennial Concert Hall. Special guests Rufus Wainwright and Quartetto Gelato will lend a new flavour to the signature symphonic sound and the WSO shows its more playful side with a re-imagination of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Disney’s Fantasia. Plus, don’t miss the jaw-dropping acrobatics of Cirque Mechanics accompanied by the classics.
This season the Royal MTC examines fate and freedom. On the John Hirsh Mainstage heroes will decide to stand tall or run in The Man who Shot Liberty Valance, carry on in a world turned topsy-turvy in Alice Through the Looking-Glass, dance on to the music of Elton John with Billy Elliot The Musical, search for the truth behind the famous photo for Tiananmen Square in Chimerica, and recount 25 turbulent years of modern history in a solo art performance in Boom.
Plus, don’t miss the stories on the Tom Hendry Warehouse stage, where a Holocaust survivor plants the seeds for a better tomorrow in Wiesenthal, where love unleashes a firestorm of passion in The Things We Do for Love, and where a mothers’ conversation about their teenagers romance takes a bizarre and hilarious turn in Myth of the Ostrich.
Following its successful 75th anniversary, the RWB presents another sparkling season, opening with one of the greatest ballets of all time, Giselle. A classic fairytale gets a mid-century spin in A Cinderella Story, while the company defies gravity with a brilliant mix of ballet and theatre in Peter Pan.
This season’s two offerings cover the ends of the comedy and tragedy spectrum. First come the laughs as the clever twists and turns in The Marriage of Figaro are accompanied by Mozart’s famous music. Then comes the heartbreak, with a literary classic turned into an operatic masterpiece in Of Mice and Men.
PTE’s 2015/2016 playbill lives up to its mandate of producing theatre that mirrors the realities of life. See how the world is connected in a modern-day fast-paced thriller Little Thing, Big Thing. Watch as the truth is unravelled as a translator struggles to help a police officer and a lawyer discover who is the Butcher. David and Goliath on the prairies comes to life in Seeds, as a farmer takes on corporate giant Monsanto. And Marriage: A demolition in two acts puts the emotional roller-coaster ride of a kitchen renovation in the spotlight.
Manitoba’s French-language theatre company returns to the stage to mark its 90th anniversary with a season built around the absurdity and reality of dreams. Opening with the French version of Butcher, Le Boucher’s themes of vengeance and forgiveness is followed by a journey of transformation in Vinci. Who suffers the most in Plus (+) Que Toi, a comedy that examines the superficiality of reality TV. Then embark on a crazy culinary journey in Bouffe.
Take the kids on an exciting theatrical adventure, starting with Danny, King of the Basement who uses his imagination to conquer his challenges and a girl who climbs Mount Everest with the help of the audience in Peg and the Yeti. Discover the larger than life magical creatures in the musical adaptation of James and the Giant Peach and the story of courage and perseverance in The Power of Harriet T. Plus, make a Snow Angel with movement, masks, and music, and join The Adventures of Robin Hood in a modern take of the tale set in Sherwood Forest.
Check out Manitoba’s “tiny, perfect orchestra” this season. Piano superstar Marc-André Hamelin moves between new and traditional repertoire and local cello celebrity Colin Carr plays an usual concerto by Robert Schumann. Two is better than one with double concertos for violin and horn with guest conductor Alain Trudel. Let harpist Emmanuel Ceysson transport you to a French meadow with the music of Claude Debussy. The young talent Lucie Horsch brings sophistication to the recorder with the music of Vivaldi and Mozart.
Individual, package and season tickets are available for all of Winnipeg’s incredible performing arts groups and check out cultureoneverycorner.ca for special offers!