Due to the pandemic, it's been a few years since the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has played in Kenora, but they'll return this weekend! 

On Saturday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m., WSO music director Daniel Raiskin will lead the orchestra in a free concert under the Whitecap Pavilion. 

"I always love doing these kinds of outdoor community concerts," says Raiskin. "For avid classical music lovers and symphony goers, it's a much more relaxed way to experience the orchestra. And for those that are new to classical music, it's a really fun way to introduce them to it."

Raiskin compares classical music concerts to good dinners. 

"You don't need to know anything ahead of time. There is no prep involved before going out for a great meal. You just have to bring your appetite and experience it!" says the maestro. "It's the same with classical music. Just come out and enjoy! I guarantee there will be something for everyone."

The Whitecap Pavilion concert will include music by The Beatles, John Williams and Leonard Cohen. As well as classical music hits by Brahms, Strauss and Grieg. WSO concertmaster Gwen Hoebig will be performing the beautiful and instantly recognizable Méditation from Jules Massenet's Thaïs. 

Joining the orchestra for this concert will be Kenora native mezzo-soprano Erika Rasmussen. A graduate of Brandon University's School of Music, Rasmussen has been an active performer with TrypTych Opera, including the Opera on Lake of the Woods video series, a chorus role in H.M.S. Parliament, and multiple community concerts. Rasmussen will be singing some of the biggest hits from the opera world, including excerpts from Carmen, and The Marriage of Figaro.

Saturday night's concert is completely free and open to the public.

Claudi Garcia-de la Huerta joined Thursday's Q Morning Show to tell us more.