Pianist Beatrice Rana is featured in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Nov. 11 concert at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium.
This season, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is celebrating 65 years, all of which have been rich with musical milestones.
Pianist Kyung Kim will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 as part of the WSO’s Jan. 20, 2013, show. (FILE PHOTO)
"We are thrilled to continue creating these milestones with our magnificent orchestra, world-class artists, programming that is as diverse as the patrons attending our concerts," conductor Alexander Mickelthwate said.
Season subscriptions for the Brandon series of four concerts are on sale now at 204-728-9510 or wmca.ca. Single tickets go on sale in September.
With the growing number of sold-out concerts, WSO officials say season tickets are the only way to guarantee seats.
Subscribers can save up to 38 per cent off the single ticket full adult price. Early birds get the best value before May 15.
These are the four concerts:
• Scottish Symphony: A Selkirk Settlers Celebration
• Sunday, Nov. 11, 3 p.m.
• Sid Robinovitch: Red River (World Premiere); Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor (Scottish)
Mendelssohn’s radiant Scottish Symphony was born from travels in Scotland during his triumphant successes in the British Isles, inspiration for one of the composer’s most affecting creations. Pianist Beatrice Rana — the first Italian and youngest winner of the Montreal International Music Competition — is featured in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
• Joshua Weilerstein, conductor; Beatrice Rana, piano.
• Sunday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m.
• Handel: Messiah
No work in the history of music transmits the urge to sing more than Handel’s Messiah. Our WSO tradition continues, as the special glow of the season comes alive with Handel’s matchless sense of timing and drama, where the music’s memorable path from darkness to light never fails to inspire.
• Ivars Taurins, conductor; Andriana Chuchman, soprano; Kirsten Schellenberg, alto; Isaiah Bell, tenor; Victor Engbrecht, bass; Mennonite Festival Chorus; Rudy Schellenberg and William Baerg, co-directors
• Prokofiev 3 and Dvorák 7
• Sunday, Jan. 20, 3 p.m.
• Ligeti: Concert Românesc (Romanian Concerto); Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major; Dvorák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor.
• We welcome pianist Kyung Kim in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, the composer’s most popular and written as a virtuoso vehicle for himself. Additionally, we perform Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7 that contains some of the composer’s most remarkable inspiration, ripe with an unending flow of melody and rhythmic vitality.
• Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor; Kyung Kim, piano.
• Symphonie Fantastique
• Sunday, March 17, 3 p.m.
• Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin; Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major; Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique.
Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique was a staggering, radical achievement that expanded and forever changed what an orchestra could do. Elegant, gentle and terrifying by turn, this is the ultimate in symphonic theatre. Additionally, WSO associate concertmaster Karl Stobbe takes the solo role in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 1.
• Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor; Karl Stobbe, violin.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 12, 2012