WSO Partners with AWE to Bring Sights and Sounds to the Stage!

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WSO Partners with AWE to Bring Sights and Sounds to the Stage!

January 25, 2024

WSO Partners with AWE to Bring Sights and Sounds to the Stage!

Windsor, ON – This weekend the Windsor Symphony Orchestra performs spellbinding musical and artistic masterpieces. The WSO has partnered with Art Windsor-Essex (AWE) – to bring the community an enchanting orchestral event where the harmonious notes of the symphony seamlessly blend with captivating visual art, creating a multisensory experience for the audience.

This community-generated project blends images of works in AWE’s collection with composer Robert Rival’s own photos to create a video accompaniment to the performance of his Symphony No. 2, “Water”,which captures both nature’s raw force and sense of serenity. Using both traditional methods like drawing, painting, and collage, along with AI driven digital tools, this unique collaboration is a first for AWE and WSO.

“Art Windsor-Essex is excited to partner with our friends at the Windsor Symphony Orchestra to combine the power of two art forms, visual art, and music, to create an innovative and immersive experience. Audiences will see visuals that blend images from AWE’s permanent collection with artworks created by the community. A true harmony of mediums happens in this performance, and we know it will be an incredible experience!”Jennifer Matotek, AWE Executive Director

Maestro Robert Franz agrees,Collaborating with AWE allows us to bring to life works from their collection inspired by the sea that speak to the musical soundscapes created in Robert Rival’s “Water” Symphony. The visual imagery will ignite the imaginations of all of those listening to Rival’s picturesque symphony.

The WSO also performs Vaughan William’s, The Lark Ascending, featuring WSO Principal Second Violinist Émilie Paré. Earthbeat, by Juno-nominated Canadian composer Vincent Ho, reflects Canada’s history and its Indigenous peoples in musical form. Over 25 young violinists from Sunnyside Strings perform with the WSO around the theatre creating a surround sound experience.

Tepperman Masterworks:
Saturday January 27th at 7:30pm
Sunday January 28th at 2:30pm
The Capitol Theatre

Curtain Call Conversations at the Capitol Theatre

Join Maestro Franz, Émilie Paré and Robert Rival for an exclusive conversation on stage about the performance, creative process, how to prepare for a show, and so much more! Curtain Call Conversations take place on stage, directly after the concert. Patron participation is encouraged.

About AWE WaterWorks

Art Windsor-Essex is pleased to work with the WSO on presenting water themed works from our collection to accompany a special performance. This project blends images of works from AWE’s collection that have been modified with digital and traditional artistic processes, like AI animation and collage, together with the composer, Robert Rival’s, own photographs to create a unique collaboration between Art Windsor-Essex and the WSO.

The display will be on view during regular AWE hours until February 25th. Link to more information:

About the Windsor Symphony Orchestra

The WSO is an award-winning professional orchestra and local cultural icon connecting the people of Windsor and Essex County through music. Founded in 1947, the WSO supports a thriving Youth Orchestra, Community Orchestra, and volunteer Chorus. Since 2013, the WSO has performed under the direction of Music Director Maestro Robert Franz.

About Art Windsor-Essex (AWE)

Established in 1943, AWE is the largest public art gallery in Southwestern Ontario and has grown with incredible support from the Windsor-Essex community. For over 75 years, AWE has experienced great change – in leadership, our collection, and our address. With every adaptation, we keep getting better at what we do: inspiring growth through the power of art. At AWE, we share historical Canadian, Indigenous, and contemporary art with the Windsor-Essex community in inventive and creative ways. Through our activities, we spark creativity and conversations, and educate and engage. With 15,000 square feet of exhibition space, new takes on our permanent collection of nearly 4,000 artworks, and through unexpected partnerships, AWE is the creative heart of Windsor-Essex. At Art-Windsor Essex, change happens here. 

For additional information contact:
Monica Bunde
Windsor Symphony Orchestra Manager, Marketing, Communications and Sales

Laura Service
Art Windsor-Essex (AWE) Head, Development & Marketing
519-977-0013 x152 |