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The Ultimate ABBA Tribute with Rajaton

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Julian Pellicano, conductor
Rajaton, vocal group

All selections will be announced from the stage.

Live at the WSO presented by:

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Julian Pellicano, conductor

Known for his versatility across a broad spectrum of genres, dynamic interpretations and meticulous technique, American-Canadian conductor Julian Pellicano is the Associate Conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Bringing an incisive musicality and collaborative spirit to every performance, he has built a wide-ranging international career leading the Winnipeg Free Press to proclaim that “his versatility is truly astonishing.”

As a guest, he has conducted orchestras in North America and abroad including the Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Orquestra de Valencia, Edmonton Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre, the Hartford Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the Vermont Symphony among others.

Passionate about the intersection of music and dance, Pellicano has collaborated with internationally renowned dancers and choreographers. Ballet performances have included a debut with the National Ballet of Canada, a return to Orlando Ballet as well as extensive performing and touring with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

A specialist in performing films live with an orchestra, Pellicano’s catalogue of film projects encompasses over 20 titles including the Star Wars and Harry Potter series, E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Home Alone, Miloš Forman’s award-winning film Amadeus, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis with its original 1927 score, Casablanca, Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, Disney’s Fantasia, The Nightmare Before Christmas, plus several of Charlie Chaplin’s silent classics.

Pellicano studied conducting at the Yale School of Music and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He has conducted masterclasses with Kurt Masur, Peter Eötvös, Zsolt Nagy, Martyn Brabbins, Carl St. Clair, L’Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He was a recipient of the Presser Music Award, prizes from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and Yale’s Phillip F. Nelson Prize for Musical Entrepreneurship.

Pellicano’s career grew out of unconventional beginnings, performing as a primarily self-taught percussionist, timpanist, drummer and accordionist in styles ranging from folk music to blues and jazz, rock and punk, as well as more traditional ensembles and orchestras. He studied percussion at the Peabody Conservatory, the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Yale School of Music, where he was a member of the critically acclaimed Yale Percussion Group directed by Robert Van Sice. As a percussionist, he has performed in concert halls and festivals in North America, Europe and Asia and was notably the percussionist for the legendary composer/conductor Mauricio Kagel during one of his final concert tours throughout the Netherlands. He also holds a degree in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University.

Rajaton, vocal group

The Finnish word “Rajaton” translates as “boundless” – a word that so accurately describes the way this a cappella ensemble approaches music. Regularly performing around a hundred concerts and workshops each year, Rajaton exposes their audiences to the kind of diversity of repertoire, singing style, and stage presentation that has made them a phenomenon on the world stage.

Performing at concert halls, churches, jazz and choral festivals, this distinct group of musicians approaches all styles of music with the same level of commitment and integrity, making it difficult to imagine an audience that they could not inspire, or a type of music they could not make their own. In their native Finland, Rajaton is a bona fide pop phenomenon, successfully bridging the gap that often exists between classical and mainstream conventions.

In 2022, Rajaton celebrated 25 years of music-making with one double platinum, three platinum and eight gold records in Finland under their belt. Ever seeking new artistic challenges, the group has grown immeasurably through collaborations with other a cappella artists, including The King’s Singers and The Real Group, as well as productions with film directors and choreographers. But it is perhaps their deep passion for choral art, their generosity of spirit and their sheer enjoyment of singing that has won the hearts and acclaim of audiences and critics everywhere. Their energy – infectious; their ability to entertain and inspire – Rajaton!

The voice is boundless.

Recipe Card Apr 6



Gwen Hoebig, Concertmaster
The Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté Memorial Chair, endowed by the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation
Karl Stobbe, Associate Concertmaster
Jeff Dydra
Mona Coarda
Tara Fensom
Hong Tian Jia
Mary Lawton
Sonia Lazar
Julie Savard
Jun Shao
Rebeca Weger**
Erica Sloos (guest)


Chris Anstey, Principal
Elation Pauls, Assistant Principal
Karen Bauch
Kristina Bauch,
Elizabeth Dyer
Bokyung Hwang*
Rodica Jeffrey
Momoko Matsumura **
Susan McCallum
Takayo Noguchi
Jane Radomski
Jeremy Buzash (guest)
Liudmyla Prysiazhniuk (guest)


Elise Lavallée, Acting Principal
Dmytro Kreshchenskyi, Acting Assistant Principal**
Marie-Elyse Badeau
Laszlo Baroczi
Richard Bauch
Greg Hay
Michael Scholz


Yuri Hooker, Principal
Emma Quackenbush, Acting Assistant Principal
Grace An **
Arlene Dahl
Samuel Nadurak **
Alyssa Ramsay
Sean Taubner
Minna Chung (guest)
Patricia Vanuci (guest)


Meredith Johnson, Principal
James McMillan
Daniel Perry
Eric Timperman
Emily Krajewski**


Jan Kocman, Principal
Supported by Gordon & Audrey Fogg
Alex Conway
Laurel Ridd (guest)


Beverly Wang, Principal
Robin MacMillan
Renz Adame (guest)
Caitlin Broms-Jacobs (guest)
Tracy Wright (guest)


Micah Heilbrunn, Principal
Sharon Atkinson (guest)
Cathy Wood (guest)


Kathryn Brooks, Principal *
Mark Kreshchenskyi, Acting Principal **
Elizabeth Mee **
Katelin Coleman (guest)
Allen Harrington (guest)


Patricia Evans, Principal
Ken MacDonald, Associate Principal
The Hilda Schelberger Memorial Chair
Aiden Kleer
Caroline Oberheu
Michiko Singh
Roslyn Black (guest)
Todd Martin (guest)


Chris Fensom, Principal
Paul Jeffrey, Associate Principal
Isaac Pulford
The Patty Kirk Memorial Chair


Steven Dyer, Principal
Keith Dyrda
Isabelle Lavoie**
Craig Beattie (guest)


Andrew Nazer**


Justin Gruber, Principal


Andrew Johnson, Principal
Ben Reimer (guest)
Brendan Thompson (guest)


Richard Turner, Principal
Endowed by W.H. & S.E. Loewen


Will Bonness (guest)


Grant Miller (guest)


Nenad Zdjelar (guest)


Isaac Pulford


Michaela Kleer


Aiden Kleer


* On Leave
** 1 year appointment