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Honourable Mentions

Donations made in Memory and Honour

Thinking of a friend or family member who loves music? Making a gift to the WSO in their name is a lasting and significant way to pay tribute to their memory or to mark milestones and special occasions. Your gift will help us create unforgettable music for our community for years to come.




We will recognize your commemorative gift and issue a tax receipt for the full amount of your donation. We will also send a card acknowledging your donation to friends or family of your honored loved one (amount kept confidential) letting them know a gift has been made in their name.

For assistance or further questions, please contact:
Theresa Huscroft, Development Coordinator

Remembering Dear Friends

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is deeply saddened by the recent loss of Marten Duhoux, Shirley Loewen and Maestro Bramwell Tovey. All were dear colleagues, patrons and friends who loved classical music and who made immeasurable contributions to the WSO and our community.

Marten Duhoux was a volunteer, long-serving board member, philanthropist, and friend of musicians and staff alike. Marten’s contributions to our organization embodied the very notion of service. Marten served four full terms on the board, beginning in 2014 and served as chair or member of a number of committees including Governance, Nominating & Personnel, Finance & Audit and the Facilities committees. He took a leadership role in the WSO’s Netherland Tour, originally planned for 2020, and was incredibly proud of the potential opportunity to showcase the WSO in his country of origin.

Shirley Loewen was a prominent figure in Winnipeg’s arts community whose love of music led her to work for many years as chair of the Women’s Committee of the WSO. In her later years, she managed the WH and SE Loewen Foundation, quietly sponsoring many individual artists, arts and social service organizations–often listing the contributions as anonymous.

Bramwell Tovey was music director of the WSO from 1989-2001. During his time here at the WSO Tovey established the New Music Festival with Glenn Buhr, the orchestra’s first composer-in-residence, and his successor, Randolph Peters. During successive festivals, Bramwell led more than 200 contemporary works, including many Canadian and world premieres, all broadcast on the CBC Radio network. Visiting composers to the festival included Louis Andriessen, John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, Mark Anthony Turnage, Joan Tower, Arvo Pärt, Aaron Jay Kernis, R.Murray Schafer, Bright Sheng and Gavin Bryars.

We send our most sincere condolences to their families and loved ones. They will be deeply missed.

Both Marten and Shirley asked that expressions of sympathy be shared through a donation to the orchestra. You may do so below.