A compact and comprehensive symphony experience for students.

Experience the full WSO and get into the music with a lesson plan, pre-concert chat and a Q&A at each matinee.
Suggested for Grades 6 and up

Matinee concerts bring students directly into the Classics concert experience with a compact and comprehensive symphony experience at an accessible price. Students have the opportunity to learn more about the orchestra and the work being performed through a lesson plan and at a pre-concert chat. They will then experience an introduction to the work from the conductor followed by a full performance. The experience concludes with an onstage Q&A with the conductor. All of this in 90-minutes!

We are excited to present the Student Matinee series in 2018/2019 and tickets remain affordable, starting as low as $10 per student*.

Soaring Strings

Sept 27 | 10:30 am

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor

Daniel Raiskin, conductor

Johannes Brahms was one of the pillars of classical symphonic composers: the third of the famous “three B’s,” after J.S. Bach and Beethoven. Brahms’ First Symphony is an epic journey; a real story-in-music from dark to light, rich with memorable melody orchestras everywhere love to perform.

Oct 18 | 10:30 am

Bach: Komm süsser Tod (Come Sweet Death) | Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

Daniel Raiskin, conductor

Sergei Rachmaninoff was an incredible musician – one of the greatest pianists in history and a much loved composer whose music always draws audiences in with its soaring romantic passion and brilliant orchestration. Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances is his work for orchestra, a great orchestral showpiece which puts the orchestra on high alert.

A Day in Bohemia (Relaxed Performance)

Nov 1 | 10:30 am

Smetana: Overture to The Battered Bride | Dvořák: Symphony No. 6 in D major

Daniel Raiskin, conductor

The Czech folk flavor in orchestral music found its place with two eminent composers: Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák, both of whom beautifully expressed their home-land’s special blend of melody and dance. Smetana’s fiery Overture to his opera The Bartered Bride is paired with Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony for a perfect taste of the two greatest musical spokespeople of their country.

This Matinee will be a relaxed-format performance. Visit our Relaxed Performances page to learn more.

Beethoven’s Third Symphony

Jan 17 | 10:30 am

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3

Daniel Daiskin, conductor

The year 2020 marks Beethoven’s 250th birthday, and what better way to celebrate it than hearing his most revolutionary symphony? Beethoven’s Third is entitled the Eroica, a title befitting what many consider the greatest symphony ever written. The very foundations of Romanticism are here, and it’s a thrilling journey in music we love.

Hétu & Franck (Relaxed Performance)

Feb 21 | 10:30 am

Hétu: Légendes Op. 76 | Franck: Symphony in D minor

Matthias Bamert, conductor

Jacques Hétu was one of Canada’s leading composers and his Légendes, composed in 2008 is a festive work exploring three different Quebec legends. César Franck’s Symphony in D minor was a landmark French composition, with themes that return throughout as transforming characters in a play and a memorable English horn solo in the slow movement. We welcome the eminent Swiss conductor Matthias Bamert to our stage.

This Matinee will be a relaxed-format performance. Visit our Relaxed Performances page to learn more.

Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony

Mar 20 | 10:30 am

Weinberg: Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes | Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 in B minor

Daniel Raiskin, conductor

After the triumph of his Fifth Symphony, Dmitri Shostakovich – Russia’s greatest symphonist – was under intense political and musical scrutiny as to what he would do next. The Sixth showed him triumphantly building on his previous success but also striking out in new directions.

Helpful Information

90-minutes from start of pre-rehearsal chat to end of Q&A. Doors open at 10:00AM. Pre-concert chat begins promptly at 10:05AM.

Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street

Main floor only. Seats will be assigned when payment is received.

$12* per student. One chaperone for every 10 students is admitted free of charge (including teacher).

What’s Included

Lesson Plan
Comprehensive lesson plans created for the repertoire on each matinee provides teachers the tools to introduce students to the repertoire. Lesson plans are prepared by highly experienced educator Cheryl Ferguson and many include theme sheets and/or excerpts.

Pre-Concert Chat
Presented by Assistant Conductor, Naomi Woo, your students will receive an introduction to the repertoire and to their symphony experience.

Post-Concert Q&A with the Conductor
The conductor will return to the stage immediately following the performance to answer audience questions.

How to Order

Click here to download the Student Matinee order form. Mail, e-mail or fax this completed form with payment in full (cheque or credit card information) to Jeffrey Acosta, Group & Education Events Coordinator. Seats will be booked upon receipt of payment. No reservations can be made. Please include payment with your order.

Please ensure that the total amount on the Order Form is correct. Should a refund be required, credits with the WSO Box Office will be issued.

Send Completed form to
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Attn: Jeffrey Acosta
555 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1C3
E-mail: jacosta@wso.mb.ca
Fax: 204.956.4271

Want to hear the final product?

Student Group Concert Tickets
For as little as $20.50 per student you can bring a group to enjoy the full WSO concert experience. A ticket package can be tailored to groups of any size. Contact Jeffrey Acosta, Group & Education Events Coordinator, for more information.

Backstage Tours
See where the excitement happens! With your group ticket package, we can arrange a tour** of the concert hall and the backstage area so your students can see first-hand what happens behind the scenes each concert. Contact Jeffrey Acosta, Group & Education Events Coordinator, for more information.

Encourage your students to join WSO’s Soundcheck program. It’s free and open to anyone aged 15 – 30 or who is a full-time student.

Sign up online and get concert tickets for only $15.


Order, Seating and Payment Inquiries:
Jeffrey Acosta, Group & Education Events Coordinator
Phone: (204) 949-3995
E-mail: jacosta@wso.mb.ca

Program Inquiries:
Brent Johnson, Education & Community Engagement Manager
Phone: (204) 949-3967
E-mail: bjohnson@wso.mb.ca

*Including taxes and box office fees.

**Subject to availability.

Includes all taxes and box office fees. Does not include Centennial Concert Hall sustaining fee.