April 4: Evelyn Hart; WSO's new home; General Strike leaders sentenced.

April 4, 1956 - Evelyn Hart is born in Toronto. She came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s school in 1973, joined the company in 1976 and spent nearly three decades as its prima ballerina.  

In 1983 she became an Officer of the Order of Canada, elevated to Companion in 1992. In 1990 she was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

April 4, 1920 - Most of the leaders of the 1919 General Strike are sentenced. Ivens, Pritchard, Queen, Armstrong and Johns were found guilty and sentenced to a year in Headingley. Bray received 6 months. A. A. Heaps was acquitted.

Above: Opening night ad (April 3, 1968, Winnipeg Free Press)
Below: Opening night photo (Winnipeg Tribune Archives)

April 4, 1968 - The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra hold their first concert at their new home, the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall. Victor Feldbrill was the Musical Director and Conductor. (Also see their CBC Music channel.)

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