Digital Concert Series Winter 2022


Digital Concert Series Winter 2022

The Music. The Story. The Food.

Immerse yourself in a musical adventure linking the music, the story, and the food.

Along with experiencing great music performed by the WSO, discover the story on the composers who wrote the music, and the trials and triumphs that influenced them. Find out about the foods popular in different places and earlier times. Get the recipes!

In this digital series of 7 concerts, Maestro Robert Franz, WSO Music Director,
sets the stage with the stories about the composers and the times in which they lived.   

Dr. Rob Nelson, Historian (University of Windsor) and Cook spotlights the food connected with the music; from feta tart to Manchego cheese and seafood stew to chicken and dumplings. Find out why we use tomato sauce on pizza and where true hot chocolate comes from! Music and food – a natural pairing. Complete with recipes for you to cook at home. Not in the mood to cook? The episodes stand on their own or you can enjoy the food from one of the local restaurant partners in this series.

Price: $100 (includes all 7 episodes).

Series release date: January 14, 2022
Series expires: March 31, 2022

Series Sponsor: The Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation
Video Partner: The Live Doc Project

Need help getting connected? Click here for step-by-step instructions on viewing the series on a TV, tablet, or computer.

Episode Listing

EPISODE 1: It’s Greek to Me!
Music of Gluck and Boismortier

Music inspired by Greek mythology: the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice and the love story of Daphnis and Chloe. Discover the orphic rituals and the foods associated with them; dive into the early days of veganism.

Featuring Lillian Scheirich, violin; Émilie Paré, violin; Andrew McIntosh, cello
View program

Recipe Pairing:

Homemade Feta Tart “Alevropita”

Local Restaurant Partner:

Spanakopita at
Thanasi’s Olympus Greek Restaurant
1204 Tecumseh Rd. E.
Windsor, ON, N8W 1B6

EPISODE 2: Telemann’s Tale
of Don Quixote 

Music inspired by Cervantes’ tale of Don Quixote and his chivalrous pursuits. Discover the early beginnings of tapas and enjoy the same Manchego cheese, almonds and Spanish wine that were popular with Sancho Panza. Unearth the story of a friendship between two great composers, Telemann and Zelenka.
View program

Recipe Pairing:

“Las Migas de pastor” (“shepherd’s mix”) with Manchego cheese

Local Restaurant Partner:

Manchego Cheese at
The Cheese Bar
25 Amy Croft Dr.
Unit 29-30B
St Clair Beach, ON N9K 1C7

EPISODE 3: The Birth of Comic Opera:
Music of Pergolesi

A musical time-travel to 18th century Naples, the birthplace of comic opera. Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona set down the footprint for all comic operas that followed. Enjoy a glimpse into 18th century pizza; and find out where tomato sauce comes from.

Featuring Chelsea Van Pelt, soprano; Gene Wu, baritone; Erin Armstrong, director
View program

Recipe Pairing:

Pizza Chiena

Local Restaurant Partner:

Pizza Bianca at
Nico Taverna
501 Erie St. E.
Windsor, ON, N9A 3X8

EPISODE 4: Let Them Eat Cake!
Sounds of Paris & Prague

Swashbuckling composer, Joseph Bologne – music teacher to Marie Antoinette – wowed 18th century Paris! Bologne’s work is combined with two popular duets from late operas by Mozart. Pair this program with Marie Antoinette’s favourite drink, hot chocolate; a beverage enjoyed only by the rich at that time.
View program

Recipe Pairing:

Authentic Parisian hot chocolate

Local Bakery Partner:

Croissant with Hot Chocolate at
Caffeine & Co.
238 Dalhousie St.
Amherstburg, ON, N9V 1W4

EPISODE 5: Composers of Colour:
Florence Price & Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Romantic works by two Black composers, including Florence Price – a North American composer who broke through race and gender barriers of the orchestral world. Foods with roots in Sierra Leone illustrate how food transcends borders and crosses oceans. Discover how traditional African food was brought to North America and what it looks like today.
View program

Recipe Pairing:

Okra and Seafood Stew

Local Restaurant Partner:

Jerk Chicken with Jollof Rice
Lagos Grill
433 Ouellette Ave,
Windsor, ON, N9A 4J2

EPISODE 6: Ode to Newbrunswick

An evocative salute to the four seasons in eastern Canada by Christine Donkin shares the program with music of George Walker, Gioachino Rossini, and Franz Danzi. Paired with Chicken Fricot, a popular rustic meal that makes for a great leftover!

Featuring Teajai Travis, spoken word artist
View program

Recipe Pairing:

East Coast specialty Chicken Fricot

Local Restaurant Partner:

Chicken Fricot Pot Pie at
Thyme Kitchen
100 Ouellette Ave. Unit #102,
Windsor, ON, N9A 6T3

EPISODE 7: Vienna’s Café Culture:
Mozart & Bach(s)

Experience the music and the magic of Viennese culture. Featuring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, his son, Johann Christian Bach, and Johann Christian’s pupil, Mozart. Discover the champions of pastry during the 18th century and find out which culture is still the greatest of all time for tortes, strudels, cookies and sweet breads.

Featuring Christine Vanderkooy, piano
View program

Recipe Pairing:

Amadeus Cookie

Local Bakery Partner:

Amadeus Cookie at
Windsor Cake Emporium
3244 Walker Rd.
Windsor, ON, N8W 3R8

View. Eat. Win.

Included in the purchase of this digital concert series are recipes paired with each episode.  

The WSO has also partnered with 7 local restaurants and bakeries.
Please visit our local partners to experience a similar food dish from what you will view in the episodes.

You will receive a restaurant checklist with the purchase of the digital series. Visit all 7 restaurants for a chance to win two WSO 2022/2023 season subscriptions!

Disclaimer: Deadline to enter draw to win is Sunday April 17th, 2022 at 11:59pm. One winner will be chosen randomly from completed entries.
Winner will be notified by phone and email. Season tickets are non-transferrable.
Drop off, mail-in, or email a copy of your completed checklist to: WSO Box Office, 121 University Ave. W., Windsor, ON, N9A 5P4.