Ensemble - Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Julian Pellicano
Faculty Contact: Minna Rose Chung
Who is eligible: Entrance is by audition and is open to Faculty of Music students, University staff and students, and the community
Rehearsals: Mondays, 3:45 - 6:00 pm &
Wednesday,  4:45 - 7:00 pm






The University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra (UMSO), under the direction of conductor Julian Pellicano, provides intensive training and performance experience in orchestral repertoire. Comprised mainly of string, woodwind, brass and percussion majors at the Desautels Faculty of Music, the ensemble is also open to all University of Manitoba students, staff and members of the community by audition. Orchestra members rehearse weekly and perform a wide range of repertoire including Baroque masterpieces and contemporary premieres in addition to the Classical and Romantic orchestral canon. A special feature of the orchestra program, UMSO members have regular opportunities to work closely with musicians from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in coachings and sectionals. UMSO also collaborates with the U of M Opera Theater, the University Singers and well as other choirs and the composition department at the Desautels Faculty of Music.


Works performed in recent seasons include Elgar: Enigma Variations; Mozart: Marriage of Figaro; Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; John Adams: Shaker Loops; Handel: Rinaldo, Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude, Lutoslawski: Little Suite, as well as major symphonies by Beethoven, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Bruckner, Schumann, Mozart and Shostakovich.


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Natalie Dawe performing Elgar's Cello concerto in E minor, Op. 85 at the UMSO's concert on October 22. 


Upcoming Concerts 2017-18:

Wednesday, October 18 - 7:30 pm
The Opera Connection: Orchestral works by Mozart, Gluck, Mendelssohn, and Haydn.
Westminster United Church
745 Westminster Ave

Wednesday, November 29 & Thursday, November 30 - 7:30 pm
Life in the Key of Genius: The story of Mozart and his operas
Joint presentation with the UMSO and Opera Theatre Ensemble.
St. Andrews River Heights United Church
255 Oak St 

Wednesday, February 7 - 7:30 pm
Student Spotlight Concert
Featuring Concerto Competition co-winners Mollin Balisi, flute, and Sydney Clarke, soprano. Also featuring a new work by student composer, Tristan Zaba.
Westminster United Church
745 Westminster Ave

Wednesday, April 4 - 7:30 pm
Master and Pupil: Haydn meets Beethoven.
Featuring Minna Rose Chung, cello. New work by student composer Nolan Krell.
Westminster United Church
745 Westminster Ave



 Julian Pellicano