The OM Alfresco with Naomi Woo

This summer, the Orchestre Métropolitain will be out and about and connecting with audiences more than ever! Under the baton of conductor and artistic partner Naomi Woo, the orchestra presents a series of free concerts where the bucolic atmosphere, the friendly ambiance and the family spirit make for unique and unforgettable moments, as much for music lovers as for the more curious.

Naomi Woo, Conductor & Artistic Partner

Naomi Woo is a prominent young Canadian conductor and pianist, recognized by CBC Radio, ARTV, and Flare magazine as a rising star on the Canadian classical music scene.

The current Assistant Conductor and Community Ambassador of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Naomi is frequently in demand as a guest conductor across Canada and is a finalist for the position of Artistic and Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de l’Estuaire. In 2021-2022, she made debut appearances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Regina Symphony Orchestra and Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and will also conduct rehearsals of the Orchestre Métropolitain, having been chosen by Yannick Nezet-Seguin for the orchestra’s inaugural conducting academy.

​Alongside her work as a conductor, Naomi maintains an active career as a pianist. She has appeared twice with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as a soloist, in Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos and conducting from the keyboard in Marianna Martinez’ Keyboard Concerto in A Major.

Naomi holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She has also studied mathematics, philosophy, and music at Yale College, the Yale School of Music, and Université de Montréal. Her formative training before university took place at the Vancouver Academy of Music. She acknowledges generous support over the years from the Manitoba Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Help Musicians UK, and the BC Arts Council.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Ballade for orchestra in A minor
Jean Coulthard, Kalamalka (Lake of Many Colours)
Dvořák, Symphony No. 7 in D minor
Márquez, Danzón No. 2

Pre-Concert Experience –  7 pm to 7:15pm
Savoy’s Steel Drums (Atelier de Tambours métalliques), an ensemble of some 15 amateur musicians, under the direction of Martin Albino. LaSalle-based organization promoting metal drum instruction to people of all ages.

Wednesday, July 12th at 8:00pm
Parc Marie-Claire-Kirkland-Casgrain, Lasalle
Free. No reservation required.

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