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The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Live at the Jarnel Contracting Pavilion

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The WSO returns to Kenora, Ontario for a special concert on Sunday, July 2

The sun is shining and the temperatures are hot! That can only mean one thing. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is going to the lake! Sunday, July 2, at 7:30 pm. WSO associate conductor Julian Pellicano will lead the orchestra in a FREE concert at the Jarnel Contracting Pavilion in Kenora, ON.

A popular summer destination for many Manitobans, Pellicano and the orchestra will present an evening of classical favourites, film music and contemporary symphonic arrangements.

“We absolutely love bringing orchestral music to beautiful outdoor venues like the Jarnel Contracting Pavilion,” says Pellicano.

“In the open air is a wonderful way to experience the orchestra with magical music for adults and kids alike. And, if you’re new to the symphony, it’s a fun and relaxing way to experience the WSO. I guarantee there will be something for everyone.”

The 90-minute Jarnel Contracting Pavilion concert will include classical music hits by masters like Tchaikovsky, opera magnate Giuseppe Verdi, Baroque prince George Frideric Handel, film legend John Williams and much more!

Vocalist Laura Cotton will join the orchestra with the music of Edith Piaf and Joni Mitchell. Born and raised just outside of Kenora, Laura is the lead singer of the band, The TwentyTwoz, who are currently recording their debut album. She is also a long-time member of the women’s vocal ensemble, Les Filles E’esprit, with whom she had her first experience singing with the WSO in 2016. This concert will be Laura’s first solo appearance with the orchestra.

“This is an absolute pleasure, and I am honoured to be invited. I’ve been in a permanently good mood since I got the call! Everyone at the WSO has been so kind and made me feel very at home. It’s a tremendous honour, and I will surely remember this as one of the most treasured occasions of my life. I only hope I can keep my cool!” says Cotton.

“I know from my experience with Les Filles that it is a powerfully moving experience when the orchestra begins to play!”

Performing in the great outdoors is never without its challenges. Clothespins are excellent for keeping music sheets secured to stands, and in the words of WSO music director Daniel Raiskin, “If it moves on the sheet, don’t play it.”

Paid seats can be reserved at HoJoe Coffee & Eatery at 103 Main St. in Kenora. A table and chairs can also be reserved by contacting the lead organizer of the event, Len Mark, at 807-467-2533. Or, concert-goers can bring their own chair and attend for FREE.