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Postcards from the 1900s


Postcards from the 1900s

In the beginning of the 20th century, salon orchestras became phenomenally popular through Europe. The silken and velvet draperies of the salon further enhanced their intimate orchestras, whose music was so easy on the ear that a new, exotic musical culture arose around them.

Winnipeg had one too, if you remember the old Royal Alexandra Hotel, and its salon-master Irvin Plumm whose music made special occasions even more special.

Postcards from the 1900s recalls the era of the salon, with luxurious music guaranteed to lift the spirits.

WSO principal bass Meredith Johnson will be our special soloist, providing the rare opportunity to hear a concerto for double bass by the 18th century Czech-born composer Johann Vaňhal.

Plus WSO Music Director Daniel Raiskin, also an accomplished instrumentalist, puts down his baton to join the orchestra and perform a work by Johann Stauss Jr on viola!


Meredith Johnson


Julian Pellicano


Get more acquainted

  • The Royal Alexandra hotel was named after the Danish wife of Edward VII. Built with Manitoba limestone and Wisconsin red brick, the grand hotel opened its doors in 1906. It was attached to a train station which is now the Neeginan Centre.


  • The hotel quickly became an important landmark in the city. In addition to being the finest hotel, it was an important social and convention centre. For decades it was the busiest place in town on New Years’ Eve. In 1939, King George VI stayed there, and in 1951 Princess Elizabeth would also. As Queen Elizabeth II, she would stay there again in 1959.


  • The Irvin Plumm Orchestra was a fixture for decades at Winnipeg’s prestigious CPR hotel, The Royal Alexandra. During the summer months, Plumm’s band became the Jasper Park Lodge Orchestra where they were the seasonal entertainment at the great CPR resort hotel.

Feb 6, 2021 | 7:30 pm
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Approx 60 minutes with no intermission

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