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ESO Presents Symphony For Kids - Platypus Theatre's How The Gimquat Found Her Song

Apr 1

In one of Platypus Theatre’s most beloved family concerts, audiences embark on a musical expedition across continents and through centuries to help a discouraged bird discover her unique voice. Young audiences laugh, chant and sing along with the Gimquat and her wizard guide as they explore musical styles from Gregorian chant to rap. With so much wonderful music to choose from, how can she ever find the song that’s meant for her? How the Gimquat Found Her Song is a heartwarming tale about the search for identity and a celebration of music in all of its forms.

Pre-concert Activities from 12:45-1:45pm Come early to take part in the Play & Learn activities starting at 12:45pm in the main lobby. The pre-concert events are tailored to fit the theme of the concert and are sure to enrich the afternoon for your entire family.

 

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Kobzari: A Celebration of Shevchenko

Apr 8 - Apr 9

 

Excitement is building as two of North America’s premier Ukrainian performing arts ensembles prepare to present an evening of song, music, dance and bandura. Celebrating the legacy of Ukraine’s national poet Taras Shevchenko, the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of North America and Canada’s Ukrainian Shumka Dancers will stage joint performances in Edmonton (April 8 & 9, 2017). These collaborative performances are a historic first.

In Canada, March is Taras Shevchenko Month. “Do not miss this historic North American presentation in celebration of Shevchenko!” says Andriy Hladyshevsky, President, Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko. “Together for the first time, these two cultural institutions bring over 150 years of performance history and excellence to the stage.”

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ESO Presents Masters Applause - Schubert's "Great" Symphony

Apr 8

This ambitious program presents two era-defining works: Schubert’s last completed symphony, “The Great” C Major, which ushered in the new Romantic era, in bold contrast to Bartók’s starkly modern Second Violin Concerto, featuring ESO Concertmaster Robert Uchida.

Featured Repertoire Schubert – Symphony No. 7 “The Great” Bartók – Violin Concerto No. 2 Buhr – Akasha (Sky)

Additional Activities Arrive early for Symphony Prelude, an in-depth presentation about musical works to help make the most of your concert experience, starting at 7 pm in Enmax Hall (Main Performance Chamber), free to all ticket holders.

 

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ESO Presents Robbins Lighter Classics - Fifteen Soloists

Apr 20

A dazzling array of orchestral miniatures and showstoppers will fill a night devoted to the talented members of your ESO. Fifteen musicians will step out from their orchestral desks to shine in favourite melodies from the 17th to the 21st centuries!

Featured Repertoire Rimsky-Korsakov – Flight of the Bumble Bee Vivaldi – Concerto for Two Trumpets Dinicu – Hora staccato Plus music from Cinema Paradiso, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Schindler’s List.\

 

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ESO Presents Sunday Showcase - Tchaikovsky & Chopin

Apr 23

An afternoon of musical treasures – from orchestral masterworks by Mussorgsky and Wagner to irresistible music with solo instruments and orchestra by Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev. Korean pianist Dasol Kim (“a refined artistry of incredible maturity” to his performances –  North Germany Review) makes his ESO debut playing two extroverted showpieces, and the ESO’s own Rafael Hoekman performs Tchaikovsky’s romantic variations a courtly theme.

Featured Repretoire Chopin – Andante spianato and Grande polonaise Tchaikovsky – Rococo Variations Mussorgsky – A Night on the Bare Mountain

 

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ESO Presents Symphony For Kids - Kids, Animals & Music

May 6

Dive to the depths of the ocean, soar the wide-open skies, and run wild across the plains in this spectacle of sight and sound featuring dazzling visuals projected above the orchestra. We want nature-themed videos and photos from you (our audience!) to project on the big screen during this concert. Send us your own videos or photos of pets doing outrageous things, fun encounters with animals and nature, or simply your own adventures outdoors!

This concert will feature visuals projected above the orchestra and we want your help. Send us your pictures or videos to project on the big screen during the concert. Pets doing outrageous things, fun encounters with animals and nature, or simply your own adventures outdoors can be emailed to us at: communications@winspearcentre.com 

Pre-concert Activities from 12:45-1:45pm Come early to take part in the Play & Learn activities starting at 12:45pm in the main lobby. The pre-concert events are tailored to fit the theme of the concert and are sure to enrich the afternoon for your entire family.

 

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ESO Presents Friday Masters - Tchaikovsky & Sibelius

May 12

Alexander Prior has electrified ESO audiences with his interpretations of northern European composers.Stirring and evocative symphonies by Jean Sibelius and Rued Langgaard, paired with Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Violin Concerto featuring the ESO debut of the sensational young Simone Porter, promise another exciting experience.

Featured Repertoire Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto Sibelius – Symphony No. 7 Langgaard – Symphony No. 4 “Fall of the Leaf”

Additional Activities Join us for Afterthoughts, a casual post-concert conversation in the main lobby with our guest artists.

 

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ESO Presents Early Classics Midweek - Immortal Beethoven

May 17

An electrifying evening of music from the titan from Bonn. This all-Beethoven night includes the “Triple” Concerto, featuring soloists from the ranks of the ESO, and the radiant Eighth Symphony – a work of optimism and humour by a man who revolutionized music.

 

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ESO Presents Masters Applause - Metropolis

May 27

A program of cityscapes by cosmopolitan composers and a night of sophistication and big-city swagger, as Bill Eddins is joined by superb Canadian soloists. From movie scores to a Prokofiev concerto, this is a night of uptown masterpieces.

Featured Repertoire Bernstein – On the Waterfront: Suite Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 3 Ives – Central Park in the Dark Herrmann – Taxi Driver Carpenter – Skyscrapers

Additional Activities Arrive early for Symphony Prelude, an in-depth presentation about musical works to help make the most of your concert experience, starting at 6:45 pm in Enmax Hall (Main Performance Chamber), free to all ticket holders.

 

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ESO Presents Robbins Lighter Classics - Orchestra On Parade

Jun 1

There’s a reason why symphony orchestras have been a mainstay of music for centuries. The range, the power, and the palette of sound attained by an orchestra cannot be matched. In this stirring and unforgettable night, the ESO will be put on display with timeless classics, Broadway tunes, music from the movies, and more. A night not to be missed by any fan of the orchestra.

Featured Repertoire Strauss – Thunder and Lightning Polka Debussy – Clair de lune Weill – Mack the Knife Highlights from West Side Story, Star Trek, E.T., Swan Lake

 

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ESO Presents Sunday Showcase - Mozart's "Turkish" Concerto

Jun 11

No orchestral colour will be left unexplored in this exciting matinée concert, as two works featuring the majestic Davis Concert Organ contrast with lively showcases for violin and oboe. Taiwanese violinist Yu-Chien (Benny) Tseng won the highest prize in the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition. Allan Gilliland’s whimsical Oboe Concerto is an expression of movement from the Baroque to the 21st Century.

Featured Repretoire Saint-Saëns – “Organ” Symphony Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 5 “Turkish”

 

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ESO Presents Friday Masters - Carmine Burana

Jun 16

Carl Orff’s cantata was intended to be an exploration of medieval poetry, but has become one of the iconic works for chorus and orchestra. It makes a suitably powerful conclusion to the 2016/2017 Masters series and is joined by works from two of the ESO’s former Composers in Residence, including a brand new Trumpet Concerto by John Estacio.

Featured Repertoire Orff – Carmina Burana Estacio – Trumpet Concerto Rival – Northwest Passage Variations

Additional Activities Arrive early for Symphony Prelude, an in-depth presentation about musical works to help make the most of your concert experience, starting at 7 pm in Enmax Hall (Main Performance Chamber), free to all ticket holders.

 

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