The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra was set to perform as part of the Manitoba 150 festivities before the pandemic forced their cancellation.
Instead, the symphony invited Manitoba artists to join them in song to celebrate Manitoba, recognize our diverse cultures and unite as “One Voice.”
“Great musical performances serve to enrich all of us,” said Steven Dyer, principal trombonist.
“We were determined to create a lasting and uplifting presentation in which to celebrate Manitoba and its peoples through music and song. The musicians of the WSO are delighted to be joined by so many friends from across our great province as we share with you, in the spirit of harmony, this special offering.”
The special video features members of the orchestra in different landmark Manitoba locations along with the voices of Manitoba artists in a virtual recording of the song ‘One Voice’, written by Manitoba singer/songwriter Ruth Moody of The Wailin’ Jennys and performed around the world as an anthem of unity and harmony. The WSO featured this song in 2015 in a show centred around the theme of human rights.
“One Voice” written by Ruth Moody
Featuring: Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Raiskin, Music Director & viola
With special guests:
Rick Hall (chainsaw carver, Hillside Beach, MB)
Beth Lamont, RWB soloist
The Bros. Landreth
Strong Waterfall Woman Nakeisha McDonald
Dancing Bear Gayle Pruden
Sistema Winnipeg Choir
Walking Wolf Ray Co-Co Stevenson
Winnipeg Singers (Yuri Klaz, Artistic Director)
World Village Gospel Choir (Rachel Landrecht & Neil Weisensel, co-directors) and introducing: Amalia Hickerson
Ruth Moody, songwriter
Julian Pellicano, WSO Associate Conductor & project manager
Sean Philips, producer
Isaac Pulford, WSO musician & project coordinator
Jane Radomski, WSO musician & initial concept
Neil Weisensel, arranger