2 Easy Ways to Participate!
3 Great Prizes to be Won!
Over the past 20 seasons the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra has been proud to provide our patrons with a great music program at each concert. But over the years the concert program has never been given an official name. We think it’s about time it has a name and who better to name the music program than our patrons and fans!
THE WINNIPEG JAZZ ORCHESTRA IS CELEBRATING ITS’ 20 SEASON!!
Amazing WJO Arrangements & Award-winning Guest Artists that
Will Get You Out of Your Seats and Dancing in the Aisles!
Don’t Miss a Concert this Season!
Spend the Holidays with the WJO...
Mother Goose & Other Suites
Sunday, December 11, 2016
2pm & 7:30pm
at the Winnipeg Art Gallery
Our resident master arranger Jeff Presslaff will focus his wit and writing skills on a uniquely WJO interpretation of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite - a kind of aural Christmas feast with all he trimmings! We promise other WJO-arranged Sweets & Treat, like Ellington’s Peer Gynt Suite and other holiday classics big band style!
There's a long tradition of jazz composer/ arrangers taking popular classical pieces and bending them to the grooves and harmonies of the big band, and ever since the WJO transcribed and performed Duke Ellington's version of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, they've been inspired to try their own hand at it. Richard Gillis and Jeff Presslaff have reimagined movements of Handel's Messiah, and Jeff has composed a complete version of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. Our latest attempt is Jeff's jazzification of the beloved piano duet Ma Mère L'Oye (Mother Goose Suite) by Maurice Ravel. Ravel was a great admirer of the jazz of his time, and the feeling was mutual among jazz players and composers. His harmonies have become basic jazz vocabulary, which makes the transformation of his music to the big band natural and beautiful.
A mandate of the WJO is to make direct and meaningful connections with many eager young jazz students, driving their passion for music by giving them valuable tools, skills and inspiration through workshops and special classes to help them succeed in their year of jazz band at school and beyond. The WJO Youth Programs & Initiatives include: inviting school ensembles to play before and at intermission at every WJO concert, offering discounted student season ticket packages and complimentary tickets throughout the year.
WJO Big Band Workshops
Only a Few Spots Left!
Due to high demand, this season we added a new spring workshop in additon to our 2 fall workshops! WJO Big Band Workshops are half-day workshops for 500 students from up to 25 middle and high school jazz bands teaching fundamentals in all areas of big band jazz, culminating into a Saturday evening concert where they perform for their parents & guests and receive comp tickets to watch the WJO perform. Register Today!
Pre Concert School Jazz Bands
Did You Know?
As a part of the WJO Youth Initiatives, we invite school jazz ensembles to play before and during intermission at every WJO season concert. We also give all of our student performers & educators comp tickets to enjoy the WJO concert. We are also proud to offer these students’ parents & guests discounted ticket prices to the show!
Discount Tickets for Parents & Guests & Pre-concert Band Line-up
MORE EDUCATION & EXCLUSIVE SCHOOL DISCOUNTS:
3-Concert Packs for only $39/student!
Just For You!
Don’t miss the final
3 concerts of the 2016/17 season! It is our pleasure to offer a
31% discount to all students!
LIVE "JAZZ AT THE STATION”
Every Thursday @ Resto Gare
Resto Gare presents "Jazz at the Station", featuring the finest musicians in Winnipeg (including leading soloists from the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra!) performing in intimate duo and trio settings. During the warm, sunny weather groups play outside on the beautiful Resto Gare patio. At other times we move the music into the elegant main dining room. Fabulous French cuisine and swinging jazz .... it doesn't get any better than Resto Gare's "Jazz at the Station"!
There's plenty of free parking too! Resto Gare is located at 630 Des Meurons, just off the Provencher intersection. To learn more about the restaurant, take a look at their website: http://restogare.com/. For reservations and up to the minute info, call 204-237-7072.
October 13 – Jeff Presslaff/John Baron
October 20 – Brian Chipney/Tim Cummings
October 27 – Jodie Borle
November 3 – Ron Paley
November 10 – Brian Chipney/Tim Cummings
November 17 – Rayannah
Have an event you want listed on our website? Contact us with the details!
Thank You to our Generous Funders
for your continued support!
Your funding of Arts & Culture and Youth Education
in Manitoba has been and continues to be essential
for so many Manitoban organizations
and communities to thrive!
We all truly could not do it without your belief in us!
Manitoba Arts Council: http://artscouncil.mb.ca
Winnipeg Arts Council: http://winnipegarts.ca
The Winnipeg Foundation: www.wpgfdn.org