FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rufus Wainwright’s ... IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rufus Wainwright’s Unmistakable Sound Fuses with WSO Winnipeg, MB – March 2, 2016 – Innovative music maverick Rufus Wainwright, who continues to make incredible accomplishments in the

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rufus Wainwrights Unmistakable Sound Fuses with WSO

    Winnipeg, MB March 2, 2016 Innovative music maverick Rufus Wainwright, who continues to make incredible accomplishments in the realms of singing, songwriting, composing, and acting, will meld his unmistakable voice, piano-playing, original songs, and unique flare with the 67 musicians of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) for three shows, March 11-13, at the Centennial Concert Hall. Affectionately referred to by Elton John as the greatest songwriter on the planet and praised by the New York Times for his genuine originality, GRAMMY-nominee Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. He is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and the brother of Martha Wainwright, but Rufus has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance and film.

    Rufus has released seven studio albums and two live albums to date, including his acclaimed GRAMMY nominated Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall!, which captured his celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007. Rufus has received Juno Awards for Best Alternative Album in 1999 and 2002 for Rufus Wainwright and Poses, respectively, and nominations for his albums Want Two (2005) and Release the Stars (2008). He was nominated for Songwriter of the Year in 2008 for his Release the Stars album. Wainwrights much acclaimed first opera, titled Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009. The opera made its London debut at Sadlers Wells in April 2010, and its North American debut in Toronto at the Luminato Festival in June 2010.

    Musically Rufus has collaborated with many artists including, most recently, Robbie Williams, co-writing and dueting on the title track of Robbies Swing Both Ways album. Rufus has also worked with Elton John, Paul Simon, Antony, David Byrne, Joni Mitchell, Robert Wilson, Lou Reed, the Pet Shop Boys, Guy Chambers and Boy George among others.

    For his WSO takeover, Rufus will perform hits such as Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk, Going to a Town, April Fools and Vibrate, plus Mascagnis Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo and Jean Renoir and Georges van Parys Complainte de la Butte.

    Air Canada Pops Series Friday, Mar 11 - 8:00 p.m. The Best of Rufus Wainwright Saturday, Mar 12 - 8:00 p.m. Centennial Concert Hall Sunday, Mar 13 - 2:00 p.m. Rufus Wainwright, singer-songwriter Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor Pop Series Sponsor:

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    MUSICIANS IN THE MAKING Pre-concert performance on the Piano Nobile. Friday, 7:15 p.m. Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts Cello Ensemble Saturday, 7:15 p.m. St. Germain Music Studio Sunday, 1:15 p.m. Manitoba Chapter of Canadian Music Competition:

    Provincial Competitors Tickets start at $25 and are available through the WSO Box Office: 204.949.3999 or wso.ca or Ticketmaster: 1.855.985.ARTS and Ticketmaster.ca

    THE BEST OF RUFUS WAINWRIGHT MEDIA CALL: Friday, March 11, 2016 1:00 pm 1:30 pm Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street Media to arrive at back stage entrance Lily Street. Please RSVP to the media call by emailing spanas@wso.mb.ca

    About WSO: The WSO is integral to Winnipeg's rich cultural life, delighting more than 100,000 audience members each year with innovative programming and musical excellence. The WSO presents educational programs for more than 40,000 students annually and tours to communities across Manitoba.

    -30- MEDIA: For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

    Sarah Panas, Marketing & Communications Coordinator p. (204) 949-3970 e: spanas@wso.mb.ca