DECEMBER 7 to 9 Adding humorous lyrics to an eclectic sound has been this Canadian band’s signature for the last two decades. Expect the hits and some holiday songs at these concerts presented by WSO. Dec 7 & 8 at 8 pm. Dec 9 at 2 pm. Tickets $30-$107. Call 1-855-985-5000 or visit here. Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St.
NOVEMBER 24, 27 & 30 Passions play out in a deadly manner in Rigoletto, Verdi’s musical masterpiece based on Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo. A Manitoba Opera production, this Italian composition’s deeply moving arias are set in a 16th-century court. A dark story of murder and vengeance unfolds as the daughter of a jester ignites a romantic spark in the heart of a womanizing duke. Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St, call 204-944-8824 or visit here for tickets.
August 12 – Self-taught pianist and composer, Yanni, serenades. Centennial Concert Hall.
May 28. With 16 released albums and countless fans, you’ll end the night singing Bad to the Bone in stereo at this George Thorogood & the Destroyers show. 7:30 pm. Call 1-855-985-5000 for tickets, Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St, 204-956-2792.
Joan Marcus (CATS)
MAR 30 & 31 Snappy numbers and endearing characters have made Cats a longtime hit on Broadway and beyond. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical returns to Winnipeg with feline favourites Grizabella and Old Deuteronomy. Elaborate lighting and costumes set the stage for emotion-filled songs. Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St, 1-855-985-5000 for tickets.
Shauna Rollston photo by Rolland Proulx
JAN 28-FEB 3 Icelandic composers are the focus at the 21st Annual International New Music Festival. Seven evenings of new works by contemporary composers are performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Highlights include performances by cellist Shauna Rollston (pictured) and Montreal dance company La La La Human Steps. Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St, 204-949-3999 for tickets.
Dec 9-11 Singer and daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft, Lorna Luft teams up with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for an evening of holiday joy. A Judy Garland Christmas: Songs My Mother Taught Me promises fabulous music, video scenes of Lorna and Judy together and Christmas cheer. Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St, 204-949-3999 for tickets.
William Shatner performs at Centennial Concert Hall.
Oct 25 Canadian film and television icon William Shatner sings and shares his career and life story on How Time Flies tour. Show starts at 7:30 pm. Call for ticket prices. Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St, 780‑3333 or click here for tickets.
National Ballet Photo Credit: Artists of the Ballet in Emergence. Photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann.
Oct 4 An exciting evening of mixed repertoire enchants audiences with the National Ballet’s 60th Anniversary Tour. Tickets: $38-$102. Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St, 780-3333 or click here for tickets.
Paul McCartney photo courtesy of Winnipeg Symphony Orcestra.
Sep 30-Oct 2 The beloved songs of the Beatles and Paul McCartney’s own solo catalogue captivate in Live and Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney. As part of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Pops series, this concert also features a four-piece band. Expect to hear favourites such as Hey Jude, Penny Lane, Yesterday, Uncle Albert and many more. Centennial Concert Hall, 949-3999 or click here for tickets.
AUGUST 24 – SEPTEMBER 4 During WICKED, a parallel story to The Wizard of Oz told from the perspective of the witches, we meet Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the future Good Witch of the North, before Dorothy’s arrival in Oz. The smash hit musical follows the relationship of the two friends: one misunderstood and victimized and one beautiful and ambitious. Watch as they rival for the same love-interest, and adjust to life under the Wizard’s corrupt government. Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St, 780-3333.
AUGUST 14 Talented comedian and musician captivates audiences and performs hits such as “Baby did a bad, bad thing.” Show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets $59-$86. Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St, 1-204-949-3999.