Video Remarks by

The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

 Saturday, October 24, 2020

Good evening music lovers and welcome to an unforgettable evening of Bubbles and Beethoven.

It is a privilege to join you virtually from the traditional land of the Anishinaabe and Metis people – in a province enriched by a large and vibrant indigenous community.

A Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra performance of the music of Beethoven would be memorable under any circumstances. But bringing together special guests like James Ehnes, Don Amero and Tracy Dahl, accompanists David Moroz and Jan Lisiecki, and the WSO Clearwater Quartet raises the excitement level even more.

And combining this musical celebration with a fabulous meal delivered to your homes makes this a gala we’ll be talking about when the year 2020 recedes into the mists of memory.

Putting on an event like this takes a great deal of creativity, initiative and hard work by the WSO, its staff and its volunteers. We see you. We thank you.

Ensuring that the WSO has the resources to keep its creative fires burning year after year requires a long-term commitment. The people who make this commitment believe passionately in the importance of music to a healthy city and province. And they demonstrate leadership through their generosity.

So not least among the highlights of this special gala will be the presentation of the Golden Baton Award to two outstanding Manitobans for their ongoing dedication to the WSO.

Tannis Richardson and Michael Nozick have been life-long supporters of the WSO in countless ways. They have worked diligently – often quietly behind the scenes – to ensure the WSO has the financial stability to maintain amazingly diverse seasons of performances, as well as music education and outreach. And they have provided their talents and time and resources to ensure that the music keeps flowing.

Oh how I wish that that the performers and award winners alike could feel our gratitude, and hear the applause they so richly deserve.

So I’ll get things going in advance with a big Bravo!

To the WSO and all of its supporters, thank you for your artistry, for your leadership, for your commitment to the cultural life of our city and province.

Enjoy this fantastic evening with whomever you are lucky enough to have in your bubble. I look forward to the time when we can once again gather in person to enjoy the majestic performances of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

ci.  Meegwich.