A compact and comprehensive symphony experience for students.

Experience the full WSO and get into the music with a lesson plan, pre-concert chat and a Q&A at each matinee.
Suggested for Grades 6 and up

Matinee concerts bring students directly into the Classics concert experience with a compact and comprehensive symphony experience at an accessible price. Students have the opportunity to learn more about the orchestra and the work being performed through a lesson plan and at a pre-concert chat. They will then experience an introduction to the work from the conductor followed by a full performance. The experience concludes with an onstage Q&A with the conductor. All of this in 90-minutes!

We are excited to present the Student Matinee series in 2018/2019 and tickets remain affordable, starting as low as $10 per student*.

 The Rite of Spring>

The Rite of Spring

Oct 19, 2018 at 10:30 AM

WSO’s new Music Director Daniel Raiskin, and dance ensembles from Buffy Handel’s Aboriginal School of Dance and Odette Heyn-Projects bring to life the spiritual and pagan inspiration of Igor Stravinsky’s monumental ballet that caused a riot at its premiere in 1913. Over 100 musicians take the stage for this remount of the WSO’s original production.

  • Daniel Raiskin, conductor
  • Odette Heyn-Projects, Odette Heyn C.M, director and choreographer
  • Aboriginal School of Dance, Buffy Handel, Director and Choreographer

Nov 2, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor belongs to the miraculous trio of the final three symphonies of the 41 he composed just for himself without being commissioned. The 40th is one of Mozart’s most personal statements from his final years and is unlike almost anything else he wrote. Many consider it as the first truly Romantic symphony.

  • Daniel Raiskin, conductor


Rachmaninoff No. 1

Feb 8, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Alexander Mickelthwate returns to conduct Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony. Written when he was just 22, the premiere in 1897 wasn’t a success and the early failure is part of the piece’s legend. But this is the story of a major talent overflowing with ideas. We get to look inside the heart and mind of the young Rachmaninoff who became one of the most beloved composers of all time.

  • Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony

Mar 1, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Composer Felix Mendelssohn loved to travel during his short life, and a visit to Holyrood Palace in Scotland inspired his Third Symphony, the “Scottish.” It’s a work steeped in poetry and noble melody. Mendelssohn dedicated it to Queen Victoria and her consort Albert, the composer’s two new and close friends.

  • Gemma New, conductor
Selections from Holst’s The Planets

Mar 29, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Not only will you hear selections from Gustav Holst’s vivid and brilliantly inventive score (that inspired the music for Star Wars, no less), but you will see actual NASA images specially chosen by guest host astronomer José Francisco Salgado on the screen as the music unfolds. It is a truly unique way to experience one of the most colourful showpieces from the last century.

  • Julian Pellicano, conductor
  • José Francisco Salgado, narrator
  • Science & Symphony, videography
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Apr 26, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Modest Mussorgsky was one of Russia’s most famous composers and this tribute to an exhibition of paintings by his friend Victor Hartmann is truly a pictorial exhibition-in-music. Depicting a selection of the works on show, the scenes are vivid and brilliantly inventive, giving every section of the orchestra an ample opportunity to shine.

  • Daniel Raiskin, conductor
Helpful Information


90-minutes from start of pre-rehearsal chat to end of Q&A. Doors open at 10:00AM. Pre-concert chat begins promptly at 10:05AM.


Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street


Main floor only. Seats will be assigned when payment is received.


$12* per student. One chaperone for every 10 students is admitted free of charge (including teacher).

Special Offer

Bring 30 or more students to one matinee or sign up for two or more matinees and pay only $10* per student

What’s Included

Lesson Plan

A comprehensive lesson plan created for each matinee provides teachers the tools to introduce students to the repertoire. Lesson plans are prepared by highly experienced educator Cheryl Ferguson and many include theme sheets and/or excerpts.

Pre-Concert Chat

Presented by Resident Conductor Julian Pellicano, your students will receive an introduction to the repertoire and to their symphony experience.

Post-Concert Q&A with the Conductor

The conductor will return to the stage immediately following the performance to answer audience questions.

How to Order

Click here to download the Student Matinee order form. Mail or fax this completed form with payment in full (cheque or credit card information). Seats will be booked upon receipt of payment. No reservations can be made. Please include payment with your order.


Please ensure that the total amount on the Order Form is correct. Should a refund be required, credits with the WSO Box Office will be issued.

Send Completed form to
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Attn: Jeffrey Acosta
555 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1C3
E-mail: jacosta@wso.mb.ca
Fax: 204.956.4271

Want to hear the final product?

Student Group Concert Tickets

For as little as $15.00 per student you can bring a group to enjoy the full WSO concert experience. A ticket package can be tailored to groups of any size. Contact us for more information.

Backstage Tours

See where the excitement happens! With your group ticket package, we can arrange a tour** of the concert hall and the backstage area so your students can see first-hand what happens behind the scenes each concert.


Encourage your students to join Soundcheck. It’s free and open to anyone aged 15 – 30 or who is a full-time student.

Sign up online and get concert tickets for only $15.


Order, Seating and Payment Inquiries

Please email, fax, or drop off your order form at the WSO Box Office, c/o Theresa Huscroft (Group Events Representative) at (204) 949-3995 or e-mail for more information.

Program Inquiries

Brent Johnson
Education & Community Engagement Manager
Phone: (204) 949-3967
E-mail: bjohnson@wso.mb.ca

*Including taxes and box office fees.
**Subject to availability.
Includes all taxes and box office fees. Does not include Centennial Concert Hall sustaining fee.