Winnipeg Symphony to honor essential workers with music, stories, and more

Posted on: April 18, 2022

On April 28, Canada’s Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will commemorate essential workers and other community members with an event at Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall in collaboration with area hospital foundations and community partners. The concert will feature stories and footage related to the pandemic along with performances by the WSO and other Manitoba musicians, led by Music Director Daniel Raiskin. The line-up will include country music performer Don Amero, R&B pop musician Kelly Bado, soprano Tracy Dahl, the Maples Collegiate Choir, and other guest artists. Experiences and stories of the pandemic will also be told on camera by healthcare workers, educators, and other community and business leaders. Tickets for the event are available free of charge for those deeply impacted by the pandemic, and it will be live-streamed at WSO’s website for free. “Our aim is to have 5,000 Manitobans gather for the livestream on April 28th,” said Winnipeg Symphony Executive Director Angela Birdsell. “While we are not wholly free of COVID yet, it makes sense at the two-year mark to gather as a community, celebrate the contributions made, reflect on our common experiences and acknowledge the universal human condition of loss. What better way than through music and story.”