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Thursday, February 5, 2009

WSO Supports Heart Month- Tchaikovsky 6


The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky 6
Friday, February 13 at 8pm
Centennial Concert Hall
Saturday, February 14 at 8pm
Centennial Concert Hall
Sunday, February 15 at 3pm
Brandon Western Manitoba Auditorium

Featuring -
Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Gwen Hoebig, violin

February 5, 2009 -- To commemorate Heart Month, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will give back to the Heart and Stroke Foundation on Valentine’Äôs Day with Dinner and a Symphony, a stunning concert package featuring WSO Concertmaster Gwen Hoebig as our featured soloist and Tchaikovsky’Äôs 6th and final symphony.

As part of the package, concertgoers can enjoy a three-course dinner (beef or vegetarian menu options) at the Concert Hall prior to the concert. A portion of the proceeds from the dinner will be given to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

The concert features Gwen Hoebig performing Hungarian composer Bˆ©la Bartˆ„k’Äôs optimistic Violin Concerto No. 2, a piece with which Gwen has a very personal history. In 1992, she studied the concerto with Zoltˆ°n Szˆ©kely, a friend of musical collaborator of Bartˆ„k’Äôs and the violin virtuoso who commissioned and premiered the work.

In the concert’Äôs second half, the WSO performs Tchaikovsky’Äôs Symphony No. 6 (Pathˆ©tique). Premiering just nine days before his death, Tchaikovsky was convinced this was his greatest masterpiece, writing ’Äúwithout exaggeration, I have put my whole soul into this work.’Äù

Tchaikovsky 6 takes place on Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14 at 8pm at the Centennial Concert Hall and Sunday, January 15 at 3pm at the Western Manitoba Auditorium in Brandon. Concert tickets range from $26.25 to $61.00 and are available through the WSO box office at 949-3999, online at or at any Ticketmaster outlet. The Valentine’Äôs Day dinner (February 14) begins at 5:30pm - tickets for the Dinner and a Symphony package start at $75.00 per person and the deadline for booking is Tuesday, February 10.

Wednesday, February 11 1:30 to 4pm
Thursday, February 12 10am to 12:30pm
For additional information, photos or to schedule interviews please contact

Sheena Stemler
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
(204) 949-3970
(204) 290-7484
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is the celebrated hub of Winnipeg's rich cultural life, delighting more than 100,000 audience members each year with innovative programming and musical excellence. The WSO presents educational programs for more than 25,000 students annually and tours outside the city reaching out to communities across Manitoba.

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