September 2021

Dear Friends,

Two years ago we were sending out rehearsal schedules to our choristers and subscription information to our audience. This time last year we knew we wouldn’t be conducting a 2020-21 season but were hopeful — if not sure — that come September 2021 we would be “back to normal”.

Well, none of us is sure what “normal” means anymore. What we do know is that uncertainty around the trajectory of Covid-19’s variant(s), combined with the inherent and immediate danger of its spread among singers, means that once again Christmas with the Phil will be cancelled.

However, all is not lost! We continue to monitor the situation and hope to bring our choristers together this fall in limited, socially distant numbers (quartets, octets, sectionals) to rehearse material for the rest of our planned-for season. This includes, of course, the Berlioz Messe solennelle that we will be performing with the WSO next April 24, and for our own concert of Haydn’s Nelson Mass on Sunday, March 20, 2022.

This work has been on our “wish list’ for some time; all of Haydn’s late masses are regarded as masterworks and this one is deemed to be his single greatest composition. It will be paired with Peteris Vasks’ Dona Nobis Pacem and the concert will feature our friends from The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra along with Andrea Lettsoprano, Kirsten Schellenberg, altoJames McLennantenor and Justin Welsh, bass. We believe that vaccination rates, pandemic gods and science willing, this will mark a triumphant return for our choristers and, most importantly, our audience.

Though tickets will not be on sale yet, once we are certain that we will be performing this concert we will update our website and let our audience know. If you haven’t already, please sign up for our PhilNotes e-news (we only send it when we have important information to share!) and watch our social media channels for breaking news.

Until then, please ensure your vaccinations are up to date, wear your mask, and be kind to one another.

Yours in harmony,

The Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir

PS While it may go without saying how grateful we are to our sponsors, donors, audience members and choristers, we cannot miss this opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks. Your enduring support of the Phil means we can continue planning for the future, including our 100th anniversary – our 2021-22 season – which is one short year away! Please take good care of yourselves while we design a season that promises to be our best yet!

The Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, Western Canada’s longest-established adult choral group, has a well-earned reputation for excellence. A choral trademark for the City of Winnipeg, the Phil’s repertoire covers a broad range of music including oratorios, masses, songs, and choral symphonies with a focus on major choral works with orchestral accompaniment. Priding itself on premiering original music, the Phil has commissioned works by composers from both Manitoba and across Canada. The choir has also captivated audiences in Toronto, Vancouver and New York’s storied Carnegie Hall.

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