S1E1: The WSO opens its new and exciting digital series with Appalachian Spring, the music most associated with composer Aaron Copland. This work was originally commissioned by renowned ballet pioneer Martha Graham. Along with Copland’s much-loved piece, the opening episode features works by two rising stars in the field of music composition.

Indulge in Maxime Goulet’s delightful and delicious Symphonic Chocolates, a musical suite that invites the listener to pair the concert with four classic chocolates: soft and lyrical caramel, fresh and light mint, passionate dark chocolate and rhythmic and fast-paced coffee flavour. Dutch Boys in Kingsville, Ontario has created a custom box of chocolates to enjoy with the WSO’s performance of this piece. Deeply fascinated and inspired by the connections between different forms of artistic expression, Goulet also works within various realms of musical creation ranging from opera to video games.

Meet composer Jessie Montgomery through Strum, a composition which the Washington Post describes as “turbulent, wildly colourful and exploding with life.” Montgomery recently appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is the composer-in-residence with Sphinx, a Detroit-based national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Goulet and Montgomery join Maestro Franz for intimate interviews.


Episode 1 Add-On Feature:

As a special offer, the WSO has partnered with Dutch Boys chocolate in Kingsville, Ontario to create a box of custom truffles to be enjoyed with the WSO’s performance of Symphonic Chocolates in Episode 1. To order, contact Dutch Boys directly at (519) 733-2222. Chocolates must be picked up in at Dutch Boy’s retail location (2 Main St. in Kingsvillle) and we recommend contacting them 2 days prior to pick-up.


RELEASE DATE: October 3, 2020


Robert Franz, Conductor

Maxime Goulet, Composer 

Jessie Montgomery, Composer 

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Strum by Jessie Montgomery

Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland

Symphonic Chocolates by Maxime Goulet


FEATURED LOCATION: Windsor River Front & Dutch Boys Chocolate Shop, Kingsville, ON