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.
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.
...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.
- Lecture 1: Handel (1714) Water Music — Georg Ludwig of Hanover Period
- Lecture 2: Mozart (1782) The Abduction from the Harem — The Ottoman
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
Lecture 5: Beethoven (1813) Wellington’s Victory — The Defeat of France
Lecture 6: Berlioz (1830) La Marseillaise — The Restoration
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
Lecture 9: Strauss Sr. (1848) Radetzky March — The Habsburg Empire
Lecture 10: Brahms (1861) Piano Quartet in G Minor — The Kingdom of Hungary
Lecture 11: Verdi (1842): Nabucco — Italy vs. Austria
Lecture 12: Wagner (1876) The Ring — The Industrial Revolution
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
Lecture 15: Janacek (1906) Piano Sonata Lx. 1905 — The Czech National Revival
Lecture 16: Rimski-Korsakov (1907) The Golden Cockerel — War with Japan
Lecture 17: Holst (1919) Ode to Death — The Somme and the English Experience
Lecture 18: Shostakovich (1962) Symphony No. 13 — Russia Revisited
- 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.