Dear Friends of the Phil:
It’s hard to believe the Phil is entering its 96th season! With only four short years until our 100th Anniversary, we have much to look forward to!
But first, we open this season by looking back – 100 years back – to November 11, 1918, and the end of World War I. often called The War to End All Wars it was, sadly, anything but. So, while we remember all who gave their lives 100 years ago, we also remember and are grateful for all in the armed services who risk their lives every day so that we may remain free. in their honour, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, we welcome the WSo to perform Mozart’s masterful Requiem in D minor and Taneyev’s tremendous St. John of Damascus in the serene beauty of the historic St. Boniface Cathedral.
Here We Come a-Caroling! This season, we invite you to join us on Sunday, December 16 at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church as we celebrate the joys of this most wonderful time of the year. Brimming with good cheer, our annual holiday celebration has found its place at the top of Winnipeg’s Christmas must-see list. And the angels really do sing as our audience joins in The Phil’s traditional sing-along of familiar carols!
Finally, to close our season, we are honored to have been invited to perform Verdi’s spine-tingling and splendid Requiem with the WSO at the Centennial Concert Hall.
As we approach our 100th anniversary, I am proud to play a role in The Phil’s historic musical journey. From the bottom of my heart, I thank our talented choristers, our dedicated volunteer board and our philanthropic sponsors.
But most of all, I thank you—our inspiring and enthusiastic audience. Without you, it would simply be another rehearsal.
Artistic Director & Conductor, Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir
Lest We Forget: 100 years of Remembrance 1918-2018
Sunday, November 11, 2018 3PM
St Boniface Cathedral
November 11, 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War (“The War to end all Wars”) and the first Remembrance Day. The Phil is thrilled to join with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in honouring the fallen and all those who continue to serve and protect. The centrepiece of this performance will be Mozart’s choral masterpiece, the Requiem in D minor, as well as Taneyev’s powerful and awe-inspiring St. John of Damascus.
Guest artists: The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Monica Huisman, soprano, Laurelle Jade Froese, mezzo-soprano, John Tessier, tenor, & Victor Engbrecht, bass.
Christmas Festival with The Phil
Sunday, December 16, 2018 3PM and 7PM
Crescent Fort Rouge United Church
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the Phil!
Our annual offering has become a beloved tradition for anyone and everyone looking for beautiful music, angelic voices and the opportunity to join in singing some of their most favourite Christmas carols.
Guest artists: Wes Elias, organ, Donna Laube, piano, Featuring Guest Choirs, & Stevenson-Britannia SchoolGirls’ Choirconductor Julianna Rempel
Friday, March 15, 2019 8PM
Saturday, March 16, 2019 8PM
Centennial Concert Hall.
The Phil is excited to have been invited by the WSO to sing Verdi’s spectacular and spine-tingling sacred work, the Requiem Mass. When asked to honour his colleague, Johannes Brahms said it best: “Verdi’s Requiem is a work of genius.”
This concert is included in the Phil’s subscription package only. To purchase single tickets for this concert please call the WSO Box Office at 204-949-3999 and use the discount code “PHIL” to get 10% off single ticket sales.
Guest artists: Daniel Raiskin, conductor, Lyne Fortin, soprano, Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano (brangane), David Pomeroy, tenor
Alain Coulombe, bass, Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, & CMU Festival Chorus