Soprano Measha Brueggergosman will make her WSO debut next season (Mat Dunlap)
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2012-2013 season, promising some big names and some firsts.
In its 65th year of musicmaking, the WSO offers a full range of concerts over its 33-week season, including Masterworks Series, Pops, Matinees, Soundbytes and Concerts for Kids.
Here are SCENE's top 5 picks.
1. Measha Brueggergosman sings Cabaret Songs by American William Bolcom (Oct 26-27). This Canadian superstar soprano has always been a real Winnipeg favourite, and this actually marks her debut with the WSO. The Cabaret Songs were orchestrated especially for her.
2. Special: Ben Heppner (Nov. 13). Tenor Ben Heppner is renowned the world over for his dramatic presence and superb musicianship. He will perform a recital accompanied by pianist John Hess as well as selections with the whole WSO.
Watch Ben Heppner sing the music of Richard Strauss:
3. Mahler Symphony No. 7 (Nov. 16-17). It's a towering masterpiece calling for huge forces and Alexander Mickelthwate will lead the very first Winnipeg performance. Mahler is known for his expansive symphonies and deeply personal voice. The 7th will leave no one unmoved.
4. Barenaked Ladies - Hits and Holiday Songs (Dec. 7-9). One of Canada's favourite rock bands join forces with the WSO for the first time in a seasonal show that's sure to draw the crowds.
5. New Music Festival features Steve Reich (Feb. 1-2). This powerhouse American minimalist composer will be featured in the 2013 edition of the New Music Festival. His works Tehillim and The Desert Music will be featured. Boosting the excitement level will be the return of percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie to perform a new work by WSO Composer-in-Residence Vincent Ho.
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