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.


Masterworks Concerts - Pre-Concert Talks begin at 7:00 p.m. inside the Capitol Theatre.

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. 



adult education

WSO Music Education Series: How to Listen To & Understand Great Music


The WSO will perform four of the six Brandenburg concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach in the 2016-2017 season. Concert goers who wish to enrich their appreciation and learn about the story behind the music are invited to attend the series:  How to Listen to and Understand Great Music. These lectures will provide an overview of musical development between 1600 and 1750, with particular emphasis on the music of Bach and High Baroque. 


With the cooperation of The Teaching Company, the WSO has permission to show a series of lectures on DVD delivered by Professor Robert Greenberg, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Music and Literature. San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Greenberg’s lectures are designed to help course participants become fluent in the language of music and can transform the experience of listening for novice and long-time listeners alike.


The class size for the series is limited to 50 people. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. 

Classes take place 10 a.m. to noon at The Capitol on Mondays from October 17 through November 21. The course is free, but donations to help offset cost of course and support the WSO are appreciated. Charitable tax receipts for donation of $50.00 or more.

Pre-registration required. Register below or contact WSO box office 519-973-1238 ext 2. Registration deadline:  October 12, 2016