About the Phil

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.

Major choral works, performed with either the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra or the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, include: Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and his 9th Symphony; Britten’s War Requiem; Bach’s Mass in B Minor; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem; Sir Edward Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius; Mozart’s Mass in C minor; Fauré’s Requiem; Verdi’s Stabat Mater and his Requiem; Bach’s Cantata No. 4 (Christ lag in Todesbanden) Mahler’s Symphony No 2 and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Each season, under the direction of Maestro Yuri Klaz, the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir provides music lovers of all ages a subscription series of three concerts that bring to life some of the world’s finest choral works. As it moves towards its 100th anniversary, the Phil continues its tradition of performing works that are dramatic, profoundly moving and always entertainingly full of heart.

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