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Manitoba Mosaic

Join the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and new-Manitoban, WSO Assistant Conductor Naomi Woo, on her year-long journey to discover what makes Manitoba the unique and wonderful place that it is – the people, the places, the music, and of course the seasons! This virtual Adventures in Music concert takes place over four webisodes, and is will be provided completely free of charge thanks to Safe at Home MB.

The webisodes and study guide are being provided completely free-of-charge and access has been extended due to popular demand! All four webisodes will remain available through June 15, 2022. Scroll down for the webisodes and link to the study guide.

EP.1 Autumn

Music is a bridge that connects us. Naomi Woo arrives in Winnipeg to start an exciting new job with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and as she gets to know this new province, discovers that the land and people of Manitoba share a story that can be told through music and art. Artists & Special Guests: Kelly Bado, singer/songwriter; Andrew Balfour, composer; Margaret Glavina, ArtCity; Gwen Hoebig, violin

EP.2 Winter

Manitoba celebrates festivals all year round, and in Winter, Naomi explores Fiddle music and the rich heritage of the Métis peoples and fiddle music in Manitoba at Festival du Voyageur while also discovering many other joys and challenges of a Manitoba winter. Artists & Special Guests: Nelson Tagoona, throat-boxer; Raine Hamilton, The Wrench; Xiao-Nan Wang, dizi; Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers; Gwen Hoebig, violin; Chris Anstey, fiddle.

EP.3 Spring

In spring join Naomi as she listens deeply to the music all around – hearing is done with the ears, but we are surrounded by music and listening is an attentive, mysterious process that you do with your whole being. Artists & Special Guests: Lillian Borger, aerialist (Momentum Aerial); Amjad Sabir, tabla; Brennan Mckay, Winnipeg Trails AssociationDon Amero, singer/songwriter.

EP.4 Summer

Join Naomi as she basks in the warmth of a Manitoba summer. In Manitoba, there are many languages, but music connects us through a shared voice. Artists & Special Guests: Leonard Sumner, singer/songwriter; Raine Hamilton, singer/songwriter; Brittany Toews, ASL Interpreter; Joanna Hawkins, Deaf ASL Consultant.

Digital Study Guides

WSO is proud to partner with the Manitoba Orff Chapter to develop comprehensive, curriculum-based study guides for the Musical Discoveries and Adventures in Music educational concert series with the goal of helping  students engage with the music and prepare for their live concert experience. The Study Guides for Manitoba Mosaic will be provided in both official languages and freely available for all to enjoy.

Adventures in Music

Manitoba Mosaic is part of Adventures in Music, a comprehensive virtual program designed to introduce students in grades 1 – 8 to the amazing world of symphonic music. This musical adventure showcases a wide variety of musical styles, genres and performers. A curriculum-based, Orff focused Study Guide with wide-ranging lesson plans and activities in both official languages is provided to introduce the concert repertoire and the orchestra to students and prepare them for a truly exciting and engaging experience.