The typical response to “What is the Winona Symphony Orchestra?” is—a professional ensemble of musicians led by a Music Director performing the greatest music ever written in the past 400 years. The WSO is also you—people in the orchestra and the community whose lives we touch including:
David Leung (WSO Concert Master and SMU music faculty): “I started playing the violin at the age of six and I have played in an orchestra since that time. I always enjoy playing for people, especially with my fellow colleagues in the orchestra. Whether it is a formal symphony concert or an outreach concert in the community, to me, a performance is always electrifying and exciting. There is no substitute for live music! In orchestra concerts, you are surrounded by wonderful yet very different sounds from a variety of instruments. The repertoire is also amazing: a Haydn Symphony is filled with humor while a Strauss tone poem always tells a great tale. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture can take you to the epic battlefield while a Beethoven symphony’s slow movement shows you a little glimpse of Heaven!”
Betsy Neil (Winona Area Public Schools teacher): “Music has always been an integral part of my life. Although I currently enjoy performing a variety of styles, I find symphonic music the most satisfying with its rich harmonies, phrasing, rhythms and counter melodies. I believe performing in a symphony orchestra concert provides me the best seat in the house!”
Jeff Van Fossen (President, CodaBow International): “Through my work at CodaBow, I have the privilege of visiting orchestra programs worldwide. The more I travel, the more I appreciate our own Winona Symphony Orchestra. In my opinion, a vibrant local orchestra is evidence of a vibrant local community. The Winona Symphony Orchestra is indeed a jewel in Winona’s crown and we’re blessed to have it. Let it be incumbent upon all of us to support this wonderful organization.”
Today we ask you to support your Winona Symphony Orchestra. Your gift will help us continue to touch, inspire and shape the lives of the people in our community.
Please visit our Support Page to learn how to make a tax-deductible gift.