Allen Harrington (Stuart Kasdorf)
Winnipeg is home to some of the grandest architectural gems north of Chicago - buildings like the Boyd Building, the Curry Building, the Paris Building. And at 389 Main Street, along what used to be known as "Bankers Row", sits the Millennium Centre looking much the same today as it did when it was built in 1911.
This former Canadian Bank of Commerce Building lay vacant for three decades before a variety of caretakers took it over. By 2002 it was renamed The Millennium Centre. Various events are held there - from weddings, to receptions to town hall meetings, to concerts.
This summer you'll have the chance to enjoy music inside this classical, beaux-art style building during the Music at the Millennium Centre series.
It's a free, lunchtime recital series featuring musicians from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and it's happening every Tuesday at noon.
This week, on July 5, it's a double bill with one player. Allen Harrington plays not one, but two instruments - saxophone and bassoon.
For Allen, it all started in school bands - first with the saxophone in grade six, then the bassoon a few years later. He was smitten by the bassoon during youth orchestra rehearsals in Saskatoon. Then later on, significant wins at national and international competitions with his saxophone cemented his decision to stick with both instruments.
If he wasn't so busy in his music career - performing as well as teaching saxophone, bassoon and chamber music at the University of Manitoba, Allen says he'd probably pursue something in the field of aviation. "When I was younger I used to memorize Air Canada's flight schedule for some reason. Being a ground traffic controller at a major airport would be a fun job too."
You can hear Allen Harrington play music by Weber and Saint-Saens on bassoon, along with some more modern selections on saxophone like Piazzolla and Larsson, on Tuesday July 5 at noon. The Music at the Millennium Centre series continues until August 9.