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Paul Shaffer will perform with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will host music great Paul Shaffer.

Key Takeaways:

  • This weekend, Paul Shaffer, a Canadian native, will perform with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO).
  • During the show, Valerie Simpson, a Motown veteran, will perform “It’s Raining Men,” a song written by Shaffer, alongside Shaffer.
  • Shaffer, who worked as the musical director and sidekick for David Letterman for 33 years, will also share experiences from his five-decade career.

Paul Shaffer, a native of Canada, will perform with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) this weekend.

Shaffer will perform with the Orchestra on Friday and Saturday, taking the audience on a musical trip that begins with him studying classical piano in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ont. and ends with his passion for the Beatles.

Shaffer, who spent 33 years as David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick, will also share memories from his five-decade career, which he credits to the WSO.

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“This is the very first symphony I’ve ever seen performed live,” Shaffer explained. “When the Winnipeg Symphony came to Thunder Bay in 1962, I was approximately 12-years-old, and it left an imprint on me that I will never forget.” So to be able to play with the symphony all these years later is incredibly remarkable.”

Shaffer stated that they will perform all of his favorite songs that have ever featured an orchestra, which includes a variety of genres ranging from rock to R&B.

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will host music great Paul Shaffer.
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will host music great Paul Shaffer. Image from CBC News

“I do a little Beatles, a little Barry White, a little (Rolling) Stones, and it’s just all my favorite stuff with a fantastic orchestra,” says the performer.

Valerie Simpson, a Motown veteran, will perform “It’s Raining Men,” a song penned by Shaffer, alongside Shaffer during the performance.

The performances will be kept at the Centennial Concert Hall with online tickets.

Source: CTV News

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