On Oct. 9, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra visited Collège Churchill High School as part of its Up Close and Orchestral tour that it perform at several schools around the city.
Collège Churchill High School band director Trevor Uruski said that "having the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra perform for our students was an exciting opportunity. Many of our students have never heard a ‘live’ orchestra. It’s great to have the WSO, take the time to get out into the community and play for young people."
The WSO, led by music director Alexander Mickelthwate, performed included: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and the Theme from Mission Impossible.
Highlights included a performance by student musician Claire Ploughman, who was the winner of the WSO’s annual Student Soloist Competition, on marimba, a xylophone-style instrument.
Students from the crowd were invited to sing, play drums and even conduct the orchestra for different sections of the performance.
This was the eighth year of the program, which involved the orchestra performing at seven different schools. More than 3,500 students were exposed to the WSO.
The WSO went even further by inviting students to the Centennial Concert Hall, free of charge, to see The Masterworks of Tchaikovsky Festival on Oct. 25. I’d say the WSO hit the perfect note for everyone at Collège Churchill High School.