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Welcome to the 2014-2015 ESO Season

You have to admit, there’s something incredible about 50+ people working together to create something thrilling – and it’s all for you, our audience! Everything we do is to enrich the cultural life of our community.

This season we’ll welcome back some of your favourite conductors and soloists, and we’re proud, as always, to introduce young artists to Edmonton. And of course, the talented musicians of the ESO are featured as soloists throughout the year. From Mozart to Armstrong (Louis, that is), from familiar favourites to ESO premieres by Canadian and international composers, we’re here to enrich, to entertain, to inspire, and to challenge you. So whatever your reason is for coming to hear us, please keep indulging yourself – it’s going to be a spectacular ride. Peace,

William Eddins, Music Director ESO Photos by Michael Woolley unless otherwise noted.


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE

2014-2015 ESO Season SYMPHONY IN THE CITY ............................................................................. 4 AIR CANADA PRESENTS ......................................................................... 6-9 FRIDAY MASTERS ..................................................................................... 10 Symphonie Fantastique • Karen Gomyo • Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto

LANDMARK HOMES MASTERS ENCORE ................................................... 12 Paul Jacobs • Mei-Ann Chen • Gershwin’s Concerto in F

LANDMARK HOMES MASTERS APPLAUSE ............................................... 14 Conrad Tao • Jazz at the Masters • Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto

EARLY CLASSICS MIDWEEK ...................................................................... 16 Sara Davis Buechner • Mozart’s 17th Piano Concerto

ROBBINS LIGHTER CLASSICS .................................................................... 18 Quartetto Gelato • Sultans of String

ROBBINS POPS ......................................................................................... 20 Ann Hampton Callaway sings Streisand • Ella and Louis • Bond and Beyond

SUNDAY SHOWCASE ................................................................................. 22 Beethoven’s 8th Symphony • Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto

SYMPHONY FOR KIDS ............................................................................... 24 Peter and the Wolf • Platypus Theatre

LATE NIGHT WITH BILL EDDINS ................................................................. 26 Comedy • Gershwin

CHRISTMAS AT THE WINSPEAR ................................................................. 27 Handel’s Messiah

SPECIAL SOLO PERFORMANCES .............................................................. 28 Phantom of the Opera • Cameron Carpenter, organ • Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano

NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF CANADA ......................................................... 30 ESO FLEX PASS ............................................................................................. 31 ESO EDUCATION PROGRAMS ............................................................................ 32 SUPPORT YOUR ESO & WINSPEAR CENTRE ........................................................... 34 THE ESO IN YOUR COMMUNITY .......................................................................... 36 ORDERING INFORMATION & IMPORTANT DATES ..................................................... 37 SEAT MAP & PRICING ...................................................................................... 38 SEASON AT A GLANCE ..................................................................................... 39

Clayton Leung viola

(cover image: Clayton's viola) “Joseph Kun from Ottawa made my viola in 1986. I began playing the viola only five years ago, after needing a change from the violin, which is the instrument I grew up playing. My parents enrolled me in lessons at age four, and I loved it from the start. I’m the ESO’s newest member, and I’m really enjoying getting to know the city of Edmonton.” 3


Symphony In T he City

This Labour Day long weekend, ATB Financial and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra are excited to bring the community together with a series of free outdoor concerts set in the heart of downtown Edmonton. In partnership with the City of Edmonton we are welcoming the world as our city hosts the World Triathlon Grand Final in our city’s river valley, including Hawrelak Park. Symphony in the City will present something for everyone in the Capital Region: a multimedia adventure with Disney in Concert alongside monumental classical works. This event will be a chance for families to gather in a shared community experience in both Churchill Square and Kinsmen Park, to celebrate our city’s summer festival season with an explosive finale.

DON’T WORRY – SYMPHONY UNDER THE SKY AT HAWRELAK PARK WILL RETURN IN 2015!


JOIN US FOR VERY SPECIAL FREE PERFORMANCES DURING LABOUR DAY WEEKEND 2014!

Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2014 AT 8PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014 AT 8PM Robert Bernhardt, conductor Churchill Square

Bring the whole family to enjoy the ESO and a cast of four vocalists for a very special concert of Disney’s most famous movie scores ever – Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Lion King and the Oscar®-winning song "Let It Go" from Disney’s latest hit movie Frozen. Explore Walt Disney’s stories and characters through their memorable melodies with clips and storyboard art displayed on a giant screen while the ESO performs in Churchill Square. And make sure to dress up as your favourite Disney character!

Celtic Colours with The McDades SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2014 AT 8PM Robert Bernhardt, conductor Kinsmen Field

This year, the High Level Bridge will be fitted with 60,000 LED lights. We're celebrating this scenic addition to the river valley with a performance that will tie in the visual of this dynamically lit Edmonton landmark with the spectacular sounds of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Edmonton's favourite celtic-rooted family, The McDades. Join us for a one-time outdoor concert experience, capped off with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture!

Symphony in the City will be free of charge with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit EdmontonSymphony.com this summer for more information about this weekend of performances! 5


Indigo Girls

AIR CANADA PRESENTS

WITH THE ESO

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2014 AT 7:30PM Robert Bernhardt, conductor

Grammy Award-winning Indigo Girls join the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for a unique evening of folk-rock hits spanning their four-decade career.

TICKETS: Orchestra $59 • Terrace & Dress Circle $49 • Upper Circle $39 • Gallery $29 Add Indigo Girls tickets when you purchase your 2014-2015 ESO Subscription! Tickets available to the general public beginning May 21, 2014. Tickets subject to applicable service charges.

Old Friends AIR CANADA PRESENTS

TOMMY BANKS & PJ PERRY

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014 AT 7:30PM Tommy Banks, conductor

'Gentlemen of Jazz' Tommy Banks and PJ Perry have been playing together since the mid-60s. Between them they have played throughout North America, Europe and Asia in concert halls, clubs, and theatres. They'll be backed by the swingin’ Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for the first half, and after intermission, they will perform selections from their latest CD Old Friends on their own. Don’t miss an exciting evening of jazz from two Juno Award-winning soloists! TICKETS: Dress Circle $89 • Terrace $69 • Orchestra $59 • Upper Circle $49 • Gallery $39 Add Old Friends tickets when you purchase your 2014-2015 ESO Subscription! Tickets available to the general public beginning May 21, 2014. Tickets subject to applicable service charges.


Cirque de la Symphonie AIR CANADA PRESENTS

FAMILY DAY WEEKEND! SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2015 AT 2:30PM & 7PM SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2015 AT 10AM & 2:30PM Lucas Waldin, conductor

Cirque de la Symphonie returns to perform daring and extraordinary feats of artistry! Consistently an audience favourite, they synchronize the imaginative athleticism of aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists and strongmen, with the brilliance of the ESO performing well-known classical masterpieces. Don’t miss this visual and aural spectacle that will awe and delight the whole family.

TICKETS: Dress Circle $69 • Orchestra & Terrace $59 • Upper Circle $49 • Gallery $39 ALL YOUTH TICKETS (aged 3 to 17): $29 Add Cirque de la Symphonie tickets when you purchase your 2014-2015 ESO Subscription! Tickets available to the general public beginning May 21, 2014. Tickets subject to applicable service charges.

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Sounds of the Sixties FEBRUARY 18 - 20, 2015

For three days in February we celebrate a pivotal decade in the history of pop music. Pick your favourite flavour or run the gamut from the Beach Boys to the Beatles.

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Add Sounds of the Sixties tickets when you purchase your 2014-2015 ESO Subscription! Tickets available to the general public beginning May 21, 2014. Tickets subject to applicable service charges.

An Age of Innocence A 60s JUKEBOX with JEANS 'N CLASSICS

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015 AT 7:30PM Robert Bernhardt, conductor

Join us for a nostalgic evening capturing the musical innocence and naïveté of the early 1960s when the jukebox ruled and the freshness and excitement of the music defined pop radio. Jeans ’n Classics brings a full band to perform retro hits with the ESO like It’s My Party, Walk Like a Man, Be My Baby, and more.


Feeling Groovy

WITH JIM WITTER

THE MUSIC OF SIMON & GARFUNKEL

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2015 AT 7:30PM Robert Bernhardt, conductor

Jim Witter and his band will take you on a trip down memory lane performing classic Simon & Garfunkel songs like Mrs. Robinson, The Boxer, Cecilia and more, all backed by the lush sound of the full Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Live and Let Die THE MUSIC OF PAUL MCCARTNEY

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 AT 7:30PM Robert Bernhardt, conductor

Back by popular demand, Tony Kishman’s four piece band joins the ESO for a spectacular symphonic tribute to the music of Paul McCartney. Drawing from the Beatles, Wings and his solo catalogue, this program includes Live and Let Die, Band on the Run, Let it Be and many more of Sir Paul's hits.

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Friday Masters SPONSORED BY LEXUS OF EDMONTON

Masterful performances of spectacular music. "The ESO was on the hunt for a new harp, when a harp colleague of mine happened to find and put aside an excellent instrument for us in Chicago. A company there had produced 27 identical harps intended for cruise ships. My friend felt daunted by the task of testing each of them, so she asked the president directly whether one of them stood out. And he just kind of whispered to her, ‘number four.’ Sure enough, there must have been a perfect storm of ingredients in that harp, because it really was outstanding! Luckily, I was able to fly down and bring it back to Edmonton." -Nora Bumanis


SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE Friday, October 3, 2014 at 7:30pm

TCHAIKOVSKY’S FIRST PIANO CONCERTO Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7:30pm

Berlioz’s monumental masterpiece never fails to astonish and delight, its blazing romanticism providing the ideal contrast to Grieg’s beloved concerto. Piano soloist Conrad Tao's colourful overture was inspired by the separation of heaven and earth in Chinese mythology.

A talented young pianist joins the ESO to perform a romantic masterwork that has transfixed audiences for generations. Marjan Mozetich’s hypnotic trilogy for strings is deeply moving, and you’ll be enchanted by the crisp sonorities and melodic inventiveness of Sibelius’ symphony.

TAO Pángu GRIEG Piano Concerto BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

MOZETICH SIBELIUS TCHAIKOVSKY

SYMPHONIC POETRY Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:30pm

THE MIRACULOUS MANDARIN Friday, April 10, 2015 at 7:30pm

Jean-Philippe Tremblay, conductor Conrad Tao, piano

William Eddins, conductor Bonaventura Bottone, tenor

Prepare for an evocative evening of orchestral tone poetry with Tchaikovsky’s rarely-heard showpiece based on Shakespearian drama, a lyrical song cycle by Vaughan Williams, a mesmerizing tone poem by Sir Paul McCartney, and a work by Edmonton’s own John Estacio. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS On Wenlock Edge McCARTNEY Spiral ESTACIO   Triptych TCHAIKOVSKY The Tempest

VIOLIN & CELLO Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:30pm William Eddins, conductor Karen Gomyo, violin Christian Poltéra, cello

A concert of diverse delights! Explore the two sides of Miklos Rózsa – from a dazzling Hollywood film score to a daring virtuoso concert work – alongside Shostakovich’s impish Ninth Symphony and selections from a charming children’s ballet co-composed by Ravel, Milhaud, Ibert and others. VARIOUS SHOSTAKOVICH RÓZSA RÓZSA

L'éventail de Jeanne (excerpts) Symphony No. 9 El Cid: Overture and Prelude Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Cello

Daniel Hege, conductor Behzod Abduraimov, piano

Postcards from the sky Symphony No. 3 Piano Concerto No. 1

William Eddins, conductor Michele Capalbo, soprano Richard Eaton Singers

Bartók’s pantomime ballet The Miraculous Mandarin was promptly banned after its first performance in 1926. Come and see what you think of this controversial work, performed alongside Poulenc’s shimmering choral work, and Rachmaninoff’s profound songs for low voices with orchestra. RACHMANINOFF POULENC BARTÓK

Three Russian Songs Stabat Mater The Miraculous Mandarin

BEETHOVEN’S FOURTH PIANO CONCERTO Friday, May 29, 2015 at 7:30pm Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor Stephen Hough, piano

A master pianist joins the ESO to perform Beethoven’s gentlest concerto, in startling contrast to Nielsen’s incisive symphony. Masterworks like these require palate cleansers: the brief, reflective works of Sibelius and Morawetz complete the menu. MORAWETZ BEETHOVEN SIBELIUS NIELSEN

Passacaglia on a Bach Chorale Piano Concerto No. 4 Andante Festivo Symphony No. 5

There's still time to discuss the concert over drinks afterwards, so bring a friend or three and stay after the show for Afterthoughts, a casual post-concert chat with the evening's featured conductors and soloists.

Nora Bumanis harp

See page 38 for ticket prices & seating guide.

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Landmark Homes

Masters Encore Innovative programs of dynamic orchestral music. “I started to play the oboe at age 15. I was living in Poland at the time, and switched to a high school with a strong music program to pursue the flute. My music director, whose daughter happened to play the oboe, decided that I was also better suited for the oboe. So, I suppose the instrument kind of chose me! My oboe is only a few months old, and I purchased it while on a trip to London last summer. For woodwind players, it’s not simply the woodwork that needs to be taken into account, rather, the entire mechanism as a whole–including the keys–are really important factors.” -Lidia Khaner


THE GLORY OF THE ORGAN Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8pm

BEETHOVEN’S SEVENTH SYMPHONY Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 8pm

Our season starts with musical grandeur as the ESO performs Guilmant’s triumphant symphony featuring a Grammy award-winning organist. There’s something for everyone, with Malcolm Forsyth’s cinematic tourde-force, and an elegant classical serenade.

Beethoven thought his Seventh Symphony one of his finest works; the musicians who performed its premiere thought he must have been drunk when he composed it. Listen and judge for yourself, and welcome back the concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony to his hometown to perform an arresting concerto.

William Eddins, conductor Paul Jacobs, organ

MOZART Serenade No. 9 “Posthorn” FORSYTH Morning GUILMANT Organ Symphony No. 2

SCHUBERT’S FOURTH SYMPHONY Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 8pm Mei-Ann Chen, conductor Robert Uchida, ESO violin

Travel around the world and back in time, from the striking symphony by a 19-year-old Schubert to a vivid depiction of a Chicago skyscraper by Edmonton’s Vivian Fung. The remarkable works of Sheng and Huang are brief counterpoints to a lush concerto performed by the ESO’s concertmaster. SCHUBERT Symphony No. 4 “Tragic” BARBER Violin Concerto HUANG Two Pieces in Sabei Folk Style SHENG Black Swan (after Brahms) FUNG Aqua

BRAHMS’ SECOND SYMPHONY Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 8pm Alexander Prior, conductor Susan Hoeppner, flute

Four contrasting operatic interludes – from joyously extroverted to sublimely tender – plus a dizzying, dazzling concerto and a towering masterpiece are the ingredients to enrich the senses, engage the mind, and warm the soul. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV IBERT BRAHMS

Christmas Eve: Suite Flute Concerto Symphony No. 2

Lidia Khaner

José-Luis Gomez, conductor Andrew Wan, violin

RIVAL Whirlwind BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 BEETHOVEN Romance for Violin No. 1 SAINT-SAËNS Violin Concerto No. 3

THE MIRACULOUS MANDARIN Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8pm William Eddins, conductor Michele Capalbo, soprano Richard Eaton Singers

Bartók’s pantomime ballet The Miraculous Mandarin was promptly banned after its first performance in 1926. Come and see what you think of this controversial work, performed alongside Poulenc’s shimmering choral setting, and Rachmaninoff’s profound songs for low voices with orchestra. RACHMANINOFF POULENC BARTÓK

Three Russian Songs Stabat Mater The Miraculous Mandarin

EDDINS PLAYS GERSHWIN Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 8pm William Eddins, conductor & piano Lucas Waldin, conductor

The dream sequences for Weill’s Broadway hit are brash, cheeky, and utterly irresistible, while Gershwin’s rambunctious concerto is a snapshot of 1930s New York City. A world away, Martinu’s nostalgic symphony is a touching reminiscence of the composer’s Czech homeland. WEILL MARTINU GERSHWIN

Lady in the Dark: Symphonic Nocturne Symphony No. 2 Concerto in F

Arrive early for our Symphony Preludes, an in-depth presentation about musical works to help make the most of your concert experience, starting at 7:15 pm in the Upper Circle lobby, free to all ticket holders.

oboe

See page 38 for ticket prices & seating guide.

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Landmark Homes

Masters Applause Magnificent masterpieces performed by brilliant musicians. “After searching for an instrument for a year and a half, I finally found my violin in Amsterdam. It was made in Naples in 1820, and it’s nearly perfectly preserved. I was lucky, because this violin previously belonged to an amateur musician in Germany, and therefore it didn’t get played very much for nearly fifty years. I first became interested in playing the violin after seeing Itzhak Perlman perform on Sesame Street. I was three-and-a-half, and I pestered my parents to enroll me in lessons, which they did when I turned four.” -Robert Uchida


SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 8pm Jean-Philippe Tremblay, conductor Conrad Tao, piano

Berlioz’s monumental masterpiece never fails to astonish and delight, its blazing romanticism providing the ideal contrast to Grieg’s beloved concerto. Piano soloist Conrad Tao's colourful overture was inspired by the separation of heaven and earth in Chinese mythology. TAO Pángu GRIEG Piano Concerto BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

SYMPHONIC POETRY Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8pm William Eddins, conductor Bonaventura Bottone, tenor

Prepare for an evocative evening of orchestral tone poetry with Tchaikovsky’s rarely-heard showpiece based on Shakespearian drama, a lyrical song cycle by Vaughan Williams, a mesmerizing tone poem by Sir Paul McCartney, and a work by Edmonton’s own John Estacio. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS On Wenlock Edge McCARTNEY Spiral ESTACIO   Triptych TCHAIKOVSKY The Tempest

THE EDDINS EFFECT Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8pm William Eddins, conductor Denise Djokic, cello

You won’t want to miss this concert! Antheil was music’s original “bad boy”, and Gruber is the heir to that mischievous mantle. Their infectious music, combined with Gulda’s tongue-in-cheek concerto and Schoenberg’s romantically inspired rhapsody, add up to the sort of program that only Bill Eddins would dare concoct. SCHOENBERG GULDA GRUBER ANTHEIL

Transfigured Night Cello Concerto Manhattan Broadcasts A Jazz Symphony

Robert Uchida

VIOLIN & CELLO Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 8pm William Eddins, conductor Karen Gomyo, violin Christian Poltéra, cello

A concert of diverse delights! Explore the two sides of Miklos Rózsa – from a dazzling Hollywood film score to a daring virtuoso concert work - alongside Shostakovich’s impish Ninth Symphony and selections from a charming children’s ballet co-composed by Ravel, Milhaud, Ibert and others. VARIOUS SHOSTAKOVICH RÓZSA RÓZSA

L'éventail de Jeanne (excerpts) Symphony No. 9 El Cid: Overture and Prelude Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Cello

TCHAIKOVSKY’S FIRST PIANO CONCERTO Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8pm Daniel Hege, conductor Behzod Abduraimov, piano

A talented young pianist joins the ESO to perform a romantic masterwork that has transfixed audiences for generations. Marjan Mozetich’s hypnotic trilogy for strings is deeply moving, and you’ll be enchanted by the crisp sonorities and melodic inventiveness of Sibelius’ symphony. MOZETICH Postcards from the sky SIBELIUS Symphony No. 3 TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN’S FOURTH PIANO CONCERTO Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 8pm Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor Stephen Hough, piano

A master pianist joins the ESO to perform Beethoven’s gentlest concerto, in startling contrast to Nielsen’s incisive symphony. Masterworks like these require palate cleansers: the brief, reflective works of Sibelius and Morawetz complete the menu. MORAWETZ BEETHOVEN SIBELIUS NIELSEN

Passacaglia on a Bach Chorale Piano Concerto No. 4 Andante Festivo Symphony No. 5

Arrive early for our Symphony Preludes, an in-depth presentation about musical works to help make the most of your concert experience, starting at 7:15 pm in the Upper Circle lobby, free to all ticket holders.

concertmaster

See page 38 for ticket prices & seating guide.

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Early Classics Midweek

Best-loved baroque and classical works come to life for midweek inspiration.

" I actually play two clarinets in the orchestra–the A clarinet and the B-flat clarinet–which allows me to transpose pieces easily. I simply swap the mouthpiece between the set, which is something you might even notice clarinet players doing in the middle of a concert. My former clarinet teacher’s son plays in the New York Philharmonic, and he was kind enough to help me decide on the clarinet set that I’ve been playing for the past six years." -Julianne Scott


MOZART AND HIS ADMIRERS Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:30pm Shalom Bard, conductor Sara Davis Buechner, piano

Countless composers have been inspired and intimidated by Mozart, and some of them couldn’t resist the urge to celebrate their affection through their own music. The Early Classics series begins with masterpieces by Mozart himself, as well as sparkling tributes by two of his most ardent admirers that will surprise and delight. MOZART Symphony No. 39 MOZART Concert Rondo for Piano in D major MOZART Rondo for Violin in C major IBERT Homage to Mozart CHOPIN Variations on Mozart’s Là ci darem la mano

BACH, WEBER & SCHUBERT Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 7:30pm Mei-Ann Chen, conductor Julianne Scott, ESO clarinet

Sir William Walton lovingly re-orchestrated Bach’s sacred music into a ballet about the biblical parable of the ten virgins. Alongside this rare opportunity to hear a suite from the ballet are a pair of pieces from early 19th-century Vienna; be transported by a sunny and playful concerto, and Schubert’s impassioned symphony. JS BACH WEBER SCHUBERT

Julianne Scott clarinet

EDDINS CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30pm William Eddins, conductor & piano

A Beethoven symphony and a Mozart piano concerto, with Bill Eddins conducting from the keyboard – what could be more perfect for a midweek dose of inspiration? Orchestral excerpts from Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice complete this exquisite evening. GLUCK MOZART BEETHOVEN

Orfeo ed Euridice: Selections Piano Concerto No. 17 Symphony No. 4

HANDEL & HAYDN Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 7:30pm Viswa Subbaraman, conductor Lidia Khaner, oboe Jeremy Spurgeon, organ

As spring takes hold, baroque birds can be heard singing in both Handel’s delicious concerto, and Respighi’s 18th-century inspired suite. The series ends with a rarely-encountered wind concerto by Bach, a glittering symphony by Haydn, and a beloved orchestral interlude from one of Handel’s forty-two operas. HANDEL HANDEL RESPIGHI JS BACH HAYDN

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Organ Concerto No. 13 “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale” The Birds Concerto for Oboe d’amore Symphony No. 96 “The Miracle”

The Wise Virgins (Arranged by Walton) Clarinet Concerto No. 2 Symphony No. 4 "Tragic"

See page 38 for ticket prices & seating guide.

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Robbins Lighter Classics

Marvelous evenings, dynamic soloists and engaging conductors. GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY BILL & MARY JO ROBBINS

"I began playing the percussion seriously at age 18, so I had a lot of catching up to do when the ESO hired me, four years later. My dad played the violin in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the timpani player always mesmerized me. The ESO has three sets of timpanis, and two of them are made by an outstanding German maker. Their craftsmanship is impeccable. If you had to compare them to a car, I’d say they’re a high-end BMW. If you looked closely at the instrument, you’d see that it’s not just comprised of a flat piece of copper. Rather, on each drum, there are approximately 30,000 hand-hammered marks!" -Barry Nemish


QUARTETTO GELATO WITH THE ESO LOVE SONGS & GYPSY RHAPSODIES

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 8pm William Eddins, conductor Quartetto Gelato

Virtuosic showpieces, pyrotechnical solos and multi-instrument mastery – this is Quartetto Gelato. Classical in training and eclectic by design, the dazzling ensemble will explore a world of music with Dinicu’s Romanian Caravan, Modungo’s Volare and more. Tango with us from Latin America to Italy to Romania, and back again!

A TRIBUTE TO MARIO LANZA Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8pm William Eddins, conductor Bonaventura Bottone, tenor

This homage to the unforgettable American tenor and Hollywood star Mario Lanza will feature treasured arias and songs from his heyday such as Celeste Aïda, 'O sole mio, Granada, and the million-selling hit, Be My Love.

AROUND THE WORLD WITH SULTANS OF STRING Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 8pm Lucas Waldin, conductor Sultans of String

Combining a sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco guitar, Cuban rhythms, and French Gypsy-Jazz, the Sultans of String join the ESO for an exuberant evening of world music you won’t want to miss! The program will include Alhambra, Sable Island, Monti’s Revenge, Emerald Swing and Palmas Sinfonia.

PIANO BRILLIANCE Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8pm Sarah Hicks, conductor Ilya Yakushev, piano

Piano and orchestra will be on glittering display at this concert, with Mendelssohn’s Capriccio brillante, Weber’s Polonaise brillante, and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. To polish off the evening, sparkling orchestral versions of piano masterworks by Chopin and Brahms are also on the menu.

A LIGHTLY CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8pm John Morris Russell, conductor

Celebrate the season with an elegant evening featuring a lightly classical blend of Christmas carols and traditional songs in delightful orchestral arrangements.

VIOLIN SHOWSTOPPERS Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 8pm Carl Topilow, conductor Tianwa Yang, violin

Dizzying works of violin virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate are performed by their foremost champion, young violinist Tianwa Yang, on this evening's concert. Adding to this rich program, orchestral showpieces by Rossini, Dvorák, ˇ Suppé and Morawetz will also be performed.

Barry Nemish timpani

See page 38 for ticket prices & seating guide.

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Robbins Pops

The biggest hits of Hollywood, Broadway and pop music through the ages. GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY BILL & MARY JO ROBBINS

“I started playing the trombone when I was ten years old. My older brother played the trumpet, so that largely piqued my interest in music. My red trombone is called a pBone, and it’s made almost entirely out of plastic. It’s light, fairly indestructible, and plays surprisingly well. I’ve played this instrument during certain Pops shows, because it’s always fun to add a little ‘zing’ and a splash of colour.” -John McPherson


ON THE AIR!

ORCHESTRA ON PARADE!

MUSIC OF THE FABULOUS FORTIES

AN ESO SHOWCASE

Jack Everly, conductor Gwendolyn Jones, vocalist Ted Keegan, vocalist Judy McLane, vocalist

Steven Reineke, conductor

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 8pm Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8pm

The 1940s: a tumultuous decade of joys and sorrows, when Canadians jitterbugged and slow-danced to the tunes of Glenn Miller and the Dorsey Brothers, and valiant men and women in uniform won the war overseas. Take a sentimental journey through those golden days of live radio with a trio of swell singers and the Sugar Swing Dance Company.

Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8pm Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 8pm The ESO struts its stuff in a cavalcade of hits! No microphones, no amplification - just one fine orchestra. From Swan Lake and Clair de lune to Seventy-Six Trombones and West Side Story’s Mambo, this orchestral rollercoaster covers everything from Rimsky-Korsakov, to film music by John Williams (E.T.) and Michael Giacchino (Star Trek).

ELLA AND LOUIS THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

THE WAY WE WERE ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY SINGS STREISAND

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8pm Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8pm Robert Bernhardt, conductor Ann Hampton Callaway, vocalist

Singer, composer, lyricist, pianist and Tonynominated actress Callaway celebrates her friend and one of the world's most enduring musicians. Callaway will craft a loving musical portrait from Barbra Streisand's five-decade career, weaving humorous anecdotes with inspiring songs like The Way We Were, Evergreen and People. From Streisand’s Broadway beginnings to her film and pop hits, don’t miss a night of unforgettable songs.

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 8pm Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8pm William Eddins, conductor Byron Stripling, trumpet and vocals Marva Hicks, vocalist

Louis Armstrong gave jazz its swing, and Ella Fitzgerald gave it its greatest voice. Together, their remarkable chemistry comes alive again with the sultry voice of Marva Hicks, the blazing brass of Byron Stripling, and the spectacular sonorities of the ESO. Songs include What a Wonderful World, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Summertime. It won’t mean a thing if you ain’t here to swing!

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS! OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY POPS

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8pm Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 8pm Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 2pm John Morris Russell, conductor Meaghan Smith, vocalist Jason Mingo, guitar

JUNO winner Meaghan Smith joins the ESO for holiday hits old and new, like Silver Bells, Christmas Time is Here, Baby It’s Cold Outside and more. It'll be a holiday extravaganza the whole family will enjoy!

Arrive early for Pops Preludes, a fun and informative introduction to that night’s music and musicians. These informal and engaging presentations start at 7:15 pm in the Upper Circle lobby and are free to all ticket holders.

John McPherson

trombone

See page 38 for ticket prices & seating guide.

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BOND AND BEYOND FIVE DECADES OF CINEMATIC HITS

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8pm Michael Krajewski, conductor Debbie Gravitte, vocalist

The music of 007 is the ESO’s accolade to all things sleek, menacing, romantic and adventurous. Music from five decades of Bond films will be featured, including Casino Royale, Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, Diamonds Are Forever, and many more.

BROADWAY DIVAS! A CELEBRATION OF LEADING LADIES

Friday, June 5, 2015 at 8pm Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 8pm Jack Everly, conductor

Is there room on stage for more than one diva? The ever-popular Jack Everly returns with leading ladies from the Broadway stage to perform their own renditions of musical theater's best-loved music. Selections from blockbuster musicals will include Les Misérables, Dreamgirls, My Fair Lady, Annie, Chicago, and more.

Like the Robbins Pops series? Check out Sounds of the Sixties performances on pages 8 & 9!


Subscriber Benefits PRIORITY SEATING

Keep your seats or receive priority reseating and upgrades to secure your optimal seating when you renew by May 16, 2014.

SAVINGS Your subscription tickets are discounted from the regular single ticket price by up to 33%!

FLEXIBLE EXCHANGES You can exchange your subscription tickets to other performances in the 2014-2015 ESO Season beginning August 19, 2014. Exchange fees are waived for all subscribers until December 2, 2014! Visit EdmontonSymphony.com for all the details on exchanging your tickets.

FRONT OF THE LINE PRIVILEGES We'll give you the opportunity to purchase tickets to most ESO special concerts, galas and series performances prior to the general public. Choose from all concerts in our subscription series beginning August 19, 2014.


Sunday Showcase SPONSORED BY RBC FOUNDATION

Rising stars on the classical scene and members of the ESO are featured in four dynamic Sunday matinées. "I play a Keith Berg horn–a Canadian, custom-made instrument. Berg used to play in the Saskatoon symphony, but decided to move to Sweden to study horn making instead. In 1989, he came back to Canada with three horns and zero reputation. Although I was taking a chance purchasing an instrument from him, it played heads and tails above what I currently owned, which was basically an assembly-line horn. Berg’s instrument had so much care put into it–the tapers were perfect, the valves were imported, the design was his own. Now, he has a worldwide reputation, and a five-year waiting list." -Gerald Onciul


GABRIELI, VIVALDI & HAYDN Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2pm William Eddins, conductor Brandon Ridenour, trumpet Heather Bergen, ESO violin Joanna Ciapka-Sangster, ESO violin Anna Kozak, ESO violin Zoë Sellers, ESO violin

Vivaldi’s unique quadruple concerto will feature four of the ESO’s finest! Brandon Ridenour, the youngestever member of the Canadian Brass, will perform a scintillating fantasy and two operatic arias on solo trumpet instead of solo voice. And nothing rounds out an Early Music concert like brassy works by Gabrieli and a Haydn symphony. MOZETICH GABRIELI GABRIELI VIVALDI VIVALDI HAYDN RIDENOUR

Steps to Ecstasy Sonata pian’e forte Canzone septimi toni II Concerto for Four Violins Arias for Trumpet Symphony No. 83 “The Hen” Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Paganini

BEETHOVEN & SIBELIUS Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2pm Tania Miller, conductor Marc Bouchkov, violin Gerald Onciul, ESO horn

Marc Bouchkov, winner of the 2013 Montreal International Music Competition, performs Sibelius’ only concerto, and long-time ESO member Gerald Onciul takes the solo spot for the First Horn Concerto of Richard Strauss. Beethoven’s most cheerful symphony completes a program conducted by Victoria Symphony Music Director Tania Miller. PLAMONDON Flight R STRAUSS Horn Concerto No. 1 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 SIBELIUS Violin Concerto

Gerald Onciul

RACHMANINOFF’S THIRD PIANO CONCERTO Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2pm* Aziz Shokhakimov, conductor Pavel Kolesnikov, piano Elizabeth Koch, ESO flute

John Estacio’s Bootlegger’s Tarantella, with its infections melodies and sonorities, has become a popular ESO “party piece”. Rutter’s inventive suite careens from neo-baroque to jazz, while Grieg’s suite will make you want to hum along. And no one should miss the opportunity to hear Pavel Kolesnikov (2012 Honens Prize Laureate) conquer the Mount Everest of piano concerti. ESTACIO GRIEG RUTTER RACHMANINOFF

Bootlegger's Tarantella Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Suite Antique Piano Concerto No. 3

*Daylight Savings Time begins on March 8, 2015.

TCHAIKOVSKY’S VIOLIN CONCERTO Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 2pm Andrew Grams, conductor Luri Lee, violin Sheila Laughton, ESO cello

Luri Lee, winner of the 2013 Shean Strings Competition, joins the ESO for Tchaikovsky’s muchloved concerto, and Brahms’ powerful variations are always a treat to hear. Add the contrast of an intimate tone poem for cello, and Allan Gilliland’s extroverted overture for organ and orchestra, for a performance that is hard to resist. GILLILAND R STRAUSS BRAHMS TCHAIKOVSKY

Always Be True Romanze for Cello Variations on a Theme by Haydn Violin Concerto

Sunday Showcase is the perfect "next step" for young audiences who've grown beyond Symphony for Kids, featuring pre-concert talks to delve into the music and post concert receptions to bring you close to the artists.

horn

See page 38 for ticket prices & seating guide.

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Symphony for Kids

SPONSORED BY IMPERIAL OIL FOUNDATION

“The snare drum that I use is truly a one-of-a-kind. Typically, most snare drums are made with a six-ply maple shell. But, a company from Vancouver experimented, and the owner made a shell with 50 plies. That’s the drum I ended up buying, because I thought it was so cool. The result of this added thickness is a much brighter sound–which is perfect for the crisp attacks that happen in orchestral music.” -Brian Jones


Fun and educational concerts your kids will love! Bring your young ones early for interactive activities in the Winspear Centre lobby beginning at 12:45pm. PETER AND THE WOLF Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2pm

MAX’S MUSICAL ADVENTURE Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2pm

Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf has delighted audiences young and old alike, and comes to life with narration by John Ullyat, a staple of Edmonton's theatre community. Your family will be introduced to the instruments of the orchestra and hear stories and song from a variety of cultures!

Platypus Theatre debuts a brand new theatrical production co-commissioned by the ESO. Discovering an ancient scroll, young Max hears a magic spell that sends him tumbling through time. Max and the audience must unravel a mystery to undo the sorcery of a wizard and save the day!

Lucas Waldin, conductor

Lucas Waldin, conductor

SULTANS OF STRING Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2pm Lucas Waldin, conductor

Combining a sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco guitar, Cuban rhythms, and French Gypsy-Jazz, the Sultans of String join the ESO for a special family-focused performance that will take you around the world.

HEROES & VILLAINS Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 2pm Lucas Waldin, conductor

Every good story has a hero and a villain, and music has so often been used to great effect to tell us who to cheer and who to boo. From the Lone Ranger (yay!) to Darth Vader (boo!), familiar musical favourites will enchant and inspire young imaginations. Come dressed as your favourite hero or villain!

Brian Jones percussion

See page 38 for ticket prices & seating guide.

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ALL TICKETS $24!

Late Night

with Bill Eddins

PRESENTED BY MNP

COOL AND CASUAL PERFORMANCES FEATURING GREAT MUSIC AND CONVERSATION. Add Late Night with Bill Eddins performances to your subscription order today! Tickets available to the general public beginning May 21, 2014. Tickets subject to applicable service charges.

LATE NIGHT COMEDY Friday, February 6, 2015 at 9:30pm

LATE NIGHT GERSHWIN Friday, June 12, 2015 at 9:30pm

There’s nothing serious about this concert! Friederich Gulda’s riotous Cello Concerto and a cavalcade of cartoon music will animate some of television's best cartoon themes and bring to mind those carefree Saturday mornings in front of the set. Get ready for lighthearted and familiar selections from Jonny Quest, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and The Simpsons.

Bill Eddins can’t wait to play and conduct the music of one of his favourite composers. No Gershwin concert would be complete without the infamous Rhapsody in Blue, this time in its original 1924 jazz-band version, and the fabulous Concerto in F.

William Eddins, conductor Denise Djokic, cello

William Eddins, piano & conductor Lucas Waldin, conductor


Christmas at the Winspear

CELEBRATE THE SEASON AND CHERISH HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AT OUR INSPIRING PERFORMANCES SURE TO GET YOU INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. PRESENTED BY MAMMOET & CHEMCO

HANDEL’S MESSIAH Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:30p Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:30pm Ragnar Bohlin, conductor Richard Eaton Singers (Leonard Ratzlaff, Music Director)

The Richard Eaton Singers join the ESO for Handel’s glorious Messiah, led by Ragnar Bohlin, director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Don’t miss this popular annual concert event that’s become a tradition for many!

HANDEL'S MESSIAH PRICING Seating Section

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A LIGHTLY CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS!

PART OF THE ROBBINS LIGHTER CLASSICS SERIES

PART OF THE ROBBINS POPS SERIES

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8pm John Morris Russell, conductor

Celebrate the season with an elegant evening featuring a lightly classical blend of Christmas carols and traditional songs in delightful orchestral arrangements. See page 38 for ticket information.

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Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8pm Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 8pm Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 2pm John Morris Russell, conductor

JUNO winner Meaghan Smith joins the ESO for holiday hits old and new, like Silver Bells, Christmas Time is Here, Baby It’s Cold Outside and more. It'll be a holiday extravaganza the whole family will enjoy! See page 38 for ticket information.

Subscribers to the 2014-2015 ESO Season can add Handel's Messiah tickets and December 21st Robbins Pops tickets to their subscription order. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning May 21, 2014 for these two performances. Tickets for other Christmas performances will be available as part of a series subscription purchase. Individual series performances are available for purchase by ESO subscribers beginning August 19, 2014, and the general public beginning August 26, 2014.

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SOLO RECITALS AT WINSPEAR CENTRE!

ALL TICKETS $24!

T he Phantom of the Opera FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014 AT 11:30PM Dennis James, organ

ALL TICKETS $24!

The chilling and classic 1925 film starring Lon Chaney will close out your Hallowe'en revelry, with accompaniment from Dennis James, expert silent film organist.

Add The Phantom of the Opera tickets to your subscription order today! Tickets available to the general public beginning May 21, 2014. Tickets subject to applicable service charges.


Cameron Carpenter WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2015 AT 7:30PM Cameron Carpenter, organ

Called “extravagantly talented” by the New York Times, Cameron Carpenter never fails to astound audiences wherever he goes. He returns to demonstrate supreme virtuosity, using the extraordinary breadth of the mighty Davis Concert Organ, and to show off his brand new digital International Touring Organ. All Tickets $29 Add Cameron Carpenter tickets when you purchase your 2014-2015 ESO Subscription! Tickets available to the general public beginning May 21, 2014. Tickets subject to applicable service charges.

Nobuyuki Tsujii CO-PRESENTED WITH THE EDMONTON RECITAL SOCIETY

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015 AT 7:30PM Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano

Nobuyuki Tsujii made his Canadian debut with the ESO in 2011, and patron after patron described his performances as "fantastic"! Blind since birth, he was a joint Gold Medal winner at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and has earned international recognition in recent years for the excitement of his live performances. TICKETS: Dress Circle $49 • Terrace $39 • Orchestra $39 • Upper Circle $29 Add Nobuyuki Tsujii tickets when you purchase your 2014-2015 ESO Subscription! Tickets available to the general public beginning May 21, 2014. Tickets subject to applicable service charges.

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National Youth Orchestra of Canada FREE PERFORMANCE

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2014 AT 7:30PM Emmanuel Villaume, conductor The best and brightest members of Canada's youth orchestras are selected for the National Youth Orchestra each summer. See this talented and keen ensemble at this free performance as part of their national tour. Program RAVEL STRAUSS

Daphnis et ChloÊ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

Seating for this free performance is general admission by first-come, first-served.


ESO Flex Pass If you’re the kind of person who listens to everything from Mozart to Motown, the ESO Flex Pass is for you! Create your own package of concerts, dates and artists and make your own season of great performances! A pass gets you the best available ticket to any concert you choose (with a couple of exceptions). Purchase Flex Passes on their own or top up your series subscription purchase:

6 passes 8 passes 10 passes

$360 $480 $600

Flex Passes can be redeemed for best available seating at time of booking, beginning August 19, 2014 at 10am. Flex Passes can be redeemed for any available seat in any performance in the 2014-2015 ESO Season, excluding gala performances, fundraisers and recitals. Redeem early for best seating selection!

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Photo by Carmyn Joy Effa

Educational Outreach The ESO strives to be the driving inspiration and advocate for musical arts education in the community. Central to this are our efforts to provide young listeners with diverse opportunities to experience the joy of orchestral music, whether in the Winspear Centre or out in the community itself.


YONA-SISTEMA

YOUNG COMPOSERS’ PROJECT

YONA-Sistema (Youth Orchestra of Northern Alberta – Sistema) is an inclusive, communityfocused, after-school program which uses music education as a vehicle for social change in Edmonton’s under-served neighbourhoods. With generous funding support from Rotary and other sponsors and donors, this program offers the joys and benefits of music to students who otherwise would not have access to music lessons outside of school. For more information, see www.YONA-Sistema.com.

The ESO invites high school students passionate about composing to apply for the rare opportunity to receive compositional mentorship with the ESO’s Composer in Residence Robert Rival. One student will receive a $1,000 bursary towards post-secondary studies, compose a new work and hear it performed by the ESO.

EDUCATION CONCERTS Each season, the ESO presents weekday education concerts for about 30,000 children from Kindergarten to Grade 12, from Edmonton and surrounding areas. These educational programs, aligned with Alberta's curriculum and tailored to specific grade levels, offer unique, varied and interactive learning opportunities for students of all ages. Teachers receive pre-concert materials which offer suggestions for hands-on activities which will help them to connect what their students experience at the Winspear Centre with their classroom learning.

MUSICIANS IN THE MAKING Ready to reveal your talent and gain that allimportant experience of performing before a live audience? We’re looking for student soloists and small ensembles to perform 45-minute showcases in the Winspear Centre lobby prior to selected ESO performances. Participants are then invited to attend that evening’s concert for free!

UPBEAT! Schools with modest budgets can apply for grants through Upbeat! to help cover the costs of attending ESO Education concerts. With support from a generous, anonymous donor, we are able to provide a limited number of classrooms with complimentary tickets.

ADOPT-A-PLAYER Schools across Edmonton and surrounding areas have the unique opportunity to invite ESO musicians into their classrooms! Students will be visited multiple times by their Musician Mentor, who will guide them in creating an original piece of music which they will then perform on-stage at the Winspear Centre.

“My child has developed a love for music, a sense of responsibility in taking care of her violin and confidence in herself whenever she performs.”

VISIT EDMONTONSYMPHONY.COM/EDUCATION FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS.

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Photo by Carmyn Joy Effa

T hank you to all our donors! "Inspiration, beauty and confidence to dream - that's what the ESO brings to the lives of our Edmonton children and youth. We love being a part of it!" -Danielle Ayana James & Lloyd McDonald, ESO Donors


YOUR GIFT SUPPORTS…

NOTE FOR NOTE

• Over 90 brilliant performances in our 2014-2015 season! Because of your generosity we continue to have the ability to bring in extraordinary artists like violinist Karen Gomyo on March 13th & 14th, 2015 and organist Paul Jacobs on September 20th, 2014.

ESO YEAR-END MATCHING CAMPAIGN

• Music education in your community! The ESO is able to engage children, young adults, and adults through Adopt-A-Player, Musicians in the Making, Young Composers Project, Upbeat!, YONA-Sistema, musician clinics and masterclasses, Afterthoughts and Preludes, fifteen sold out education concerts per season, and four Symphony for Kids concerts.

An anonymous donor is matching 100% of any new or additional gifts to the ESO. If just 280 new donors gave $50 each, the ESO would raise $28,000. This would allow 3,200 Grade K to 3 students to attend two additional performances of our Music Education concerts. Make a gift with your renewal and get your name on a note of the orchestral score for Flight, composed by 2013’s Young Composer, Taran Plamondon. Look for your name on the score in the Winspear Centre lobby!

• A financially stable orchestra that continues to nurture Edmonton’s arts community.

NOTEWORTHY LEGACIES

The Winspear Centre and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra stand as lasting legacies due to many dedicated community leaders. We imagine a future where every member of our community has the opportunity to experience the most beautiful music – today, tomorrow, and hundreds of years from now. Whether on stage or in the audience, the true joy comes when we share music with each other. Help us make this dream a reality for generations to come. If you have already included the ESO or the Winspear Centre in your plans or you would like to know more about making a gift in your will and leaving a legacy, please contact Elaine Warick, Director of Patron Development, at 780-401-2564.

1,965 donors gave 34% of the ESO’s contributed revenue last season

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OUR PERFORMANCE HOME

GIVING BACK

The Francis Winspear Centre for Music is a world-class venue, rehearsal, library and administration space for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. This hub of creativity also serves as a venue of choice for many private and corporate functions, local community groups, arts organizations and travelling performers. The jewel of the Winspear Centre is the Davis Concert Organ, the largest concert organ in Canada.

The musicians and staff of the ESO & Winspear Centre are personally and corporately concerned with many social causes and support other charitable groups serving our community. Edmonton’s Food Bank, Kids Up Front, Ronald McDonald House, Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Christmas Bureau are just a few of the charities that directly benefit from the ESO and Winspear Centre each year.

The Winspear Centre is planning to expand in order to better serve our community! Learn more about this exciting development at WinspearCentre.com/Expansion

ESO MUSICIANS IN THE COMMUNITY Many ESO musicians teach private lessons and as part of music programs at the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan University, Alberta College and other institutions. They are also involved with many local other ensembles, from Alberta Baroque Ensemble to jazz trios. The impact on the musical vibrancy of a community by having a professional symphony orchestra is immeasurable!

GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT The ESO would like to thank the following government agencies for their support of live symphonic music in Edmonton.


Important Dates

APRIL 15, 2014

AUGUST 19, 2014

Early Bird Renewal Deadline. Renew by April 15th to be entered to win fabulous prizes. You could even win your entire subscription order!

Subscribers to the 2014-2015 ESO Season may exchange series tickets, redeem Flex Passes and purchase individual performances from subscription series beginning August 19th.

MAY 16, 2014 Subscriber Renewal Deadline. Secure your 2014-2015 Subscription by renewing by May 16th!

MAY 21, 2014 Tickets to Air Canada Presents performances and Handel’s Messiah are available to the public beginning May 21st.

AUGUST 26, 2014 All individual performances in the 2014-2015 Season are available for purchase by the public beginning August 26th.

Ordering Tickets & Subscriptions

ONLINE

IN PERSON

EdmontonSymphony.com

Winspear Centre Box Office #4 Sir Winston Churchill Square (corner of 99 St & 102 Ave)

BY PHONE Local 780-428-1414 Toll-free 1-800-563-5081 Fax 780-425-1913

BY MAIL Winspear Centre Box Office #4 Sir Winston Churchill Square Edmonton, AB T5J 4X8

ACCESSIBILITY Wheelchair seating and elevators are available on nearly every level of the Winspear Centre and all washrooms are wheelchair accessible. Please let our Box Office staff know of your special needs when you order tickets. Assistive Listening devices are available from the Concierge Desk.

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The Glory of the Organ SATURDAY, SEPT. 20 @ 8PM (Masters Encore)

Paul Jacobs Symphonie Fantastique FRIDAY, OCT. 3 @ 7:30PM (Friday Masters) SATURDAY, OCT. 4 @ 8PM (Masters Applause)

Mozart & His Admirers WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8 @ 7:30PM (Early Classics Midweek)

Tommy Banks & PJ Perry TUESDAY, NOV. 11 @ 7:30PM (Air Canada Presents)

Symphonic Poetry FRIDAY, NOV. 14 @ 7:30PM (Friday Masters) SATURDAY, NOV. 15 @ 8PM (Masters Applause)

Handel's Messiah FRIDAY, DEC. 5 @ 7:30PM SATURDAY, DEC. 6 @ 7:30PM (Christmas at the Winspear)

A Lightly Classical Christmas THURSDAY, DEC. 18 @ 8PM (Robbins Lighter Classics)

We Wish You a Merry Christmas! FRIDAY, DEC. 19 @ 8PM SATURDAY, DEC. 20 @ 8PM SUNDAY, DEC. 21 @ 2PM (Robbins Pops)

Brahms' Second Symphony SATURDAY, JAN. 10 @ 8PM (Masters Encore)

Cameron Carpenter WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14 @ 7:30PM (Live at the Winspear)

Sultans of String THURSDAY, JAN. 15 @ 8PM (Robbins Lighter Classics)

Late Night Comedy FRIDAY, FEB. 6 @ 9:30PM (Late Night with Bill Eddins)

The Eddins Effect SATURDAY, FEB. 7 @ 8PM (Masters Applause)

Cirque de la Symphonie SATURDAY, FEB.14 @ 2:30 & 7PM SUNDAY, FEB. 15 @ 2:30 & 7PM (Air Canada Presents)

Piano Brilliance THURSDAY, MAR. 5 @ 8PM (Robbins Lighter Classics)

Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto SUNDAY, MAR. 8 @ 2PM (Sunday Showcase) Daylight Savings Time begins

Violin & Cello FRIDAY, MAR. 13 @ 7:30PM (Friday Masters) SATURDAY, MAR. 14 @ 8PM (Masters Applause)

The Miraculous Mandarin FRIDAY, APR. 10 @ 7:30PM (Friday Masters) SATURDAY, APR. 11 @ 8PM (Masters Encore)

Bond & Beyond FRIDAY, APR. 24 @ 8PM SATURDAY, APRIL 25 @ 8PM (Robbins Pops)

Heroes & Villains SATURDAY, MAY 2 @ 2PM (Symphony for Kids)

Nobuyuki Tsujii TUESDAY, MAY 5 @ 7:30PM (Live at the Winspear)

Handel & Haydn WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 @ 7:30PM (Early Classics Midweek)

Broadway Divas! FRIDAY, JUN. 5 @ 8PM SATURDAY, JUN. 6 @ 8PM (Robbins Pops)

Late Night Gershwin FRIDAY, JUN. 12 @ 9:30PM (Late Night with Bill Eddins)

Eddins plays Gershwin SATURDAY, JUN. 13 @ 8PM (Masters Encore)

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JUNE 2015 WED


ATB FINANCIAL SYMPHONY IN THE CITY AUGUST 29 – 31, 2014

Peter and the Wolf SATURDAY, SEPT. 27 @ 2PM (Symphony for Kids)

Quartetto Gelato with the ESO THURSDAY, OCT. 16 @ 8PM (Robbins Lighter Classics)

The Way We Were FRIDAY, OCT. 31 @ 8PM SATURDAY, NOV. 1 @ 8PM (Robbins Pops)

The Phantom of the Opera FRIDAY, OCT. 31 @ 11:30PM (Live at the Winspear)

Bach, Weber & Schubert WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26 @ 7:30PM (Early Classics Midweek)

Schubert's Fourth Symphony SATURDAY, NOV. 29 @ 8PM (Masters Encore)

Quartetto Gelato

A Tribute to Mario Lanza THURSDAY, NOV. 20 @ 8PM (Robbins Lighter Classics)

Gabrieli, Vivaldi & Haydn SUNDAY, NOV. 23 @ 2PM (Sunday Showcase)

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Meaghan Smith

Sultans of String SATURDAY, JAN. 17 @ 2PM (Symphony for Kids)

Beethoven & Sibelius SUNDAY, JAN. 18 @ 2PM (Sunday Showcase)

Orchestra on Parade! FRIDAY, JAN. 23 @ 8PM SATURDAY, JAN. 24 @ 8PM (Robbins Pops) Steven Reineke

Sounds of the Sixties WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18 @ 7:30PM THURSDAY, FEB. 19 @ 7:30PM FRIDAY, FEB. 20 @ 7:30PM (Air Canada Presents)

Max's Musical Adventure SATURDAY, FEB. 21 @ 2PM (Symphony for Kids)

Beethoven's Seventh Symphony SATURDAY, FEB. 28 @ 8PM (Masters Encore)

Eddins Conducts Beethoven WEDNESDAY, MAR. 18 @ 7:30PM (Early Classics Midweek)

Ella & Louis: The Sunny Side of the Street FIRDAY, MAR. 20 @ 8PM SATURDAY, MAR. 21 @ 8PM (Robbins Pops)

Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto FRIDAY, MAR. 27 @ 7:30PM (Friday Masters) SATURDAY, MAR. 28 @ 8PM (Masters Applause)

Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto SUNDAY, MAY 24 @ 2PM (Sunday Showcase)

Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto FRIDAY, MAY 29 @ 7:30PM (Friday Masters) SATURDAY, MAY 30 @ 8PM (Masters Applause)

Karen Gomyo

Violin Showstoppers THURSDAY, MAY 21 @ 8PM (Robbins Lighter Classics) Tianwa Yang

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