Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra: Main Stage Concert Series, Fall 2021

WJO Main Stage Series:

This fall we will have three concerts at SOPAC (Seven Oaks Performing Arts Centre, 711 Jefferson Avenue, Winnipeg) on October 24, November 21 and December 5. SOPAC allows us flexibility in spacing and ability to record, and this series will be available to stream later. These programs will continue to explore writing projects and creative projects.

Tickets available from the WJO:
Casual Tickets: $39 adult, $19 student, $22 online
Three-concert Subscription: $108 adult, $54 student, online only Subscription: $60 per household - donations gratefully accepted
WJO Box Office: 204-632-5299

* There will be no intermission for the fall concerts.
* Proof of vaccination and mask usage required for in-person attendance.
* Mainstage performances will be 80-90 minutes.
* Mainstage performances will also be available as a live-stream series; each on-line concert will be 60 minutes.


MAINSTAGE: October 24, 2021 at 2:00pm (SOPAC): "Welcome Back"
(online October 29 to November 14)

Welcome back to live big band jazz in Winnipeg! Twenty-four years ago the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra performed for the first time. We're thrilled to be back (after a year hiatus) with a celebration of big band music old and new. A sneak peek at our latest recording project, Voices – A Musical Heritage, features exciting new music by John Stetch, Richard Gillis, Andrew Balfour and Rodrigo Muñoz. And we'll look back to 1997 and revisit the programme of our inaugural concert.

MAINSTAGE: November 21, 2021 at 2:00pm (SOPAC): "West Side Story Suite" (online November 26 to December 12)

A big band take on Leonard Bernstein's classic tale of warring street gangs in 1950s Harlem. In 2009, Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra members (and some friends) collaborated to arrange an 11-movement suite that reimagines the immensely popular musical. Radio host and guest narrator Ron Robinson cleverly weaves Bernstein's story through the music for a unique, engaging concert experience not to be missed. A decade later, we're excited to present this show once again!

MAINSTAGE: December 5, 2021 at 2:00pm (SOPAC): "Feliz Navidad" with Trio Bembe (online December 10 to December 31)

In many Latin countries, the arrival of the holiday season is marked by parrandas. These street festivals are a joyous gathering of people, with colourful lights, food, fireworks, and music in celebration of Christmas. Trio Bembe (Rodrigo Muñoz, Amber Epp, Victor López) joins the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra for a holiday concert that captures that joy and paints a musical tableau of Latin American Christmas.