WSO Commemorate 100th Anniversary Of Great War

Monday November 5th, 2018

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The Windsor Symphony Orchestra will perform two special concerts on Remembrance Day weekend to commemorate Canada’s great contributions and sacrifices in the First World War, and in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the end of that war.

Canadian troops played a significant role in WWI, including the seemingly impossible job of capturing the strategically important Vimy Ridge. According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, WWI was the bloodiest conflict in Canadian history, taking the lives of more than 60,000 Canadians. To commemorate the end of such a horrific period in history and to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice, the WSO has created a program of remembrance and hope.

The program will feature music inspired by Wilfred Owen, an English poet and soldier who fought on the battlefield in WWI. Composer John Chilcott, a former member of the King’s Singers, has created a beautiful and moving piece based on Owen’s “Move Him into the Sun”. The Windsor Classic Chorale will join the WSO musicians under the baton of Chorusmaster Bruce Kotowich for the performance of this extraordinary work.

The program will also feature WSO Concertmaster Lillian Scheirich and Principal Bassoonist Samuel Fraser in works by French composer Jacques de la Presle, who fought for France during WWI. Three months before the signing of the armistice, August 15, 1918, de la Presle was seriously gassed, and spent seven months in hospital between life and death.

It takes place on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Leamington United Mennonite Church and on Sunday, November 11th, 2018 at 2pm at the Heritage Auditorium.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.windsorsymphony.com, in person at the box office, or on the phone by calling (519) 973 – 1238 ext. 2.

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