Winnipeg symphony looks for additional funding

Winnipeg symphony looks for additional funding, Iryna Chyrkova

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra hopes that the government will be able to allocate $2.6 million to repair acoustical shell.

At the moment the acoustical shell is in a disastrous state and the director has repeatedly asked for help.

"The lack of a functional shell is really desperate," Trudy Schroeder, WSO executive director, said. "We've been waiting, we've been very patient."

Schroeder even went on stage to ask for help from the audience. The woman asked every caring resident to write a letter to the local government.

Winnipeg symphony was opened in the 60s, and it has not been repaired since then.

"It actually is like a seashell that is placed behind the orchestra, and that provides a roof and walls on all sides and it helps the acoustic sound from the orchestra to sort of both be contained within the stage area — rather than sort of flowing up into the very, very tall sort of tower that's above the stage — and move it out to the audience," she said.

"For the musicians, it makes it possible for them to hear each other so they can play properly and not overplay and not hurt themselves for the audience members. It bathes them in the beautiful, glorious sound of the orchestra."

WSO former conductor also met with the officials and asked for additional funding. He said that it was almost impossible to work under existing conditions, it was like playing hockey on a glass floor. The man added that many musicians are injured during their performances.

The province responded that it is trying to negotiate repair conditions with various Winnipeg repair companies.

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