October, 2020

Dear Phil Patron,

Thanksgiving has come and gone and, while this may have been a Thanksgiving like no other, we are still grateful. Grateful for our funders, our sponsors, our donors, and, most importantly, you, our audience.

We had hoped to be well into rehearsals for a new take on our traditional Christmas with the Phil. Unfortunately, we find that the course of this pandemic means it is impossible for us to make any plans for Christmas, and, perhaps, for the rest of this season.

The Board nevertheless continues to devise scenarios that might allow you – and us – to once again experience the joy of choral music.

We are currently working on a way for our choristers to continue honing their musical skills and, hopefully, be ready to perform as soon as public health measures allow. We will keep you posted here on the website, on social media, and via email (JOIN OUR MAIL LIST).

While we continue to develop our plans, we hope that you and your loved ones stay safe. Please join us in following all the guidelines set out by public health experts and scientists, including continued handwashing, physical distancing, and wearing face masks where required. The safety of our audience (and our choristers!) is of utmost importance, for without you we are only in a constant state of rehearsal. 

There’s a song that Pete Seeger adapted from an old hymn tune: “Thru all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul – How can I keep from singing?” While it’s difficult to imagine right now what the “new normal” will look like for our choir and our audience, we are quite confident that, just as our choristers cannot keep from singing, our audience cannot keep from listening!

And so, until we can all be together again, virtually or in person, all of us at the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir – choristers, Yuri, Judy, and the board – wish you and yours good health and harmony.

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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