Get the whole picture with Instrumentally Speaking, the WSO’s pre-concert talks.


These interesting and informative talks are held an hour before the start of each Masterworks, Intimate Classics, and Classics in the County series concerts.


Talk are led by WSO Music Director Maestro Franz or by WSO Associate Conductor Peter Wiebe and frequently feature musicians, guest artists, composers, and other special guests. The talks are free with your concert ticket and provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about the music about to be presented.


  • Tepperman Masterworks Concerts - Pre-Concert Talks begin at 6:30 p.m. inside the Capitol Theatre.
  • The Morris & Beverly Baker Foundation Intimate Classics Concerts - Pre-Concert Talks begin at 1:30 p.m. in Assumption Hall.
  • Classics in the County - Pre-Concert Talks begin at 6:30 p.m. at Leamington United Mennonite Church. 



Amici Musicae is a group of people who share a great interest in the arts, music in particular.  Everyone is welcome - just bring an inquisitive mind and the desire to meet new friends!  These events are free, though donations to the WSO are accepted and appreciated!  Your donations will support the WSO's education and outreach programs in our community.   


An opportunity for classical music lovers to deepen their knowledge of music begins again in March, from 1:30pm-3:30pm. With the cooperation of The Great Courses, the WSO will be hosting a series of lectures, both live and pre-recorded, on the following topics: 

Music as a Mirror of History

Music informs, delights and intensifies experience and meaning.  As a mirror of events, it can shed light and deliver understanding beyond that of almost any other medium.


Dates for Capitol Theatre Lectures

Capitol Theatre on Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

March 12

...And She Shall Have Music:  Women and Music in 19th Century England
Presentation by Dr. Kathleen McCrone,
Professor Emerita, Department of History, University of Windsor


The following lectures will be delivered by the well-known and highly appreciated Dr. Robert Greenberg on DVD.


March 19

  • Lecture 1: Handel (1714) Water Music — Georg Ludwig of Hanover Period
  • Lecture 2: Mozart (1782) The Abduction from the Harem — The Ottoman


March 26

  • Lecture 3: Hayden (1797) Mass in the Time of War — The French Revolution

  • Lecture 4: Beethoven (1810) The Farewell Sonata — Attack and Surrender of Vienna


April 2

  • Lecture 5: Beethoven (1813) Wellington’s Victory — The Defeat of France

  • Lecture 6: Berlioz (1830) La Marseillaise — The Restoration


April 9

  • Lecture 7: Chopin (1831) Etude in C Minor Op. 10 No. 12 — The Partitioning of Poland

  • Lecture 8: Glinka (1836) A Life of the Tsar — The Rurik Dynasty           


April 16

  • Lecture 9: Strauss Sr. (1848) Radetzky March — The Habsburg Empire

  • Lecture 10: Brahms (1861) Piano Quartet in G Minor — The Kingdom of Hungary


April 23

  • Lecture 11: Verdi (1842): Nabucco — Italy vs. Austria

  • Lecture 12: Wagner (1876) The Ring The Industrial Revolution


April 30

  • Lecture 13 Dvorak (1893) From the New World Symphony — The Chicago World’s Fair

  • Lecture 14: Balakirev (1898) Symphony No. 1 — The December Revolt and its Aftermath


May 7

  • Lecture 15: Janacek (1906) Piano Sonata Lx. 1905 — The Czech National Revival

  • Lecture 16: Rimski-Korsakov (1907) The Golden Cockerel — War with Japan


May 14

  • Lecture 17: Holst (1919) Ode to Death — The Somme and the English Experience

  • Lecture 18: Shostakovich (1962) Symphony No. 13 — Russia Revisited


May 21

  • Lecture 19: Copland (1946) Symphony No. 3 — The Great Depression
  • Lecture 20: Gorecki (1976) Symphony No. 3 — Horror and Rage


By donation, your contributions will go towards the WSO’s Community & Outreach Programs.
Tax receipts will be issued for all donations.