It was a sunny, warm evening for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s performance under the Whitecap Pavilion on the Kenora Harbourfront Saturday, June 29.
This was WSO’s music director Daniel Raiskin’s first visit to Kenora and said it reminded him of Finland, close to where he grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia. A day before the performance he took a trip out to one of the many islands on Lake of the Woods.
“This is as close as you can get to paradise, if not paradise already,” Raiskin said in his opening remarks. “This is one of Canada’s best kept secrets, please keep what you are doing and keep it this way.”
WSO’s performance was a chance for local tenors Lenard Whiting and Edward Franko to perform Eduardo Di Capua’s “O Sole Mio” and George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” which garnered large applause from the audience. The concert also featured pieces from Gioacchino Rossini, Edvard Greig, Antonin Dvorak, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky and other orchestral pieces, as well as more modern tunes like the theme from Jurassic Park and “If I Had a Million Dollars” by Canadian group the Barenaked Ladies.
The performance was organized by the Lake of the Woods Concert Group and the Kenora Concert Series will be hosting their first concert of the summer under the Whitecap Wednesday, July 3 from 7-8:30 p.m. local band North Shore performing.
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