Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Vivaldi The Four Seasons

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

 

Marc Chagall: detail from The Four Seasons, mosaic, 1974

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Robert Uchida (violin and leader)
Members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Winspear
May 6th, 2019

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra have continued their series of pairing music and beverages for shorter concerts with Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, in an unusual Monday concert. Billed as ‘Vivaldi and Vino’, and sponsored by The Italian Centre, it saw a very full Winspear, and an enthusiastic audience that cut across just about all the generations – the formula is clearly proving popular.

The  performance was a fine one, and you can read Mark Morris’ review for the Edmonton Journal here.

Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus: all Allan Bevan concert

All Allan Bevan choral concert

Allan Bevan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus
Concordia Symphony Orchestra
Conductors: Allan Bevan, Danielle Lisboa
Janet Smith (soprano)
Kimberley Denis (alto)
RJ Chambers (tenor)
Michael Kurschat (baritone)
Timothy J. Anderson and Dawn Sadoway (actors)

Winspear
Monday, April 15, 2019

For Mark Morris’ review in the Edmonton Journal of the concert, and of Allan Bevan’s new work, Ancient of Days, for four soloists, two actors, chorus and orchestra, and based on Blake texts, click here.

Edmonton Opera: La Traviata

Edmonton Opera

Verdi La Traviata

Jubilee

October 20th, 2018; repeated October 23rd and 26th

Laquita Mitchell as Violetta
Nanc Price photo

Violetta: Laquita Mitchell
Alfredo: Jason Bridges
Germont: James Westman

Edmonton Opera Chorus
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

conducted by Judith Tan

directed by Alain Gauthier

 

For Mark Morris’ review of the opening night of Edmonton Opera’s new production of Verdi’s La Traviata, click here.

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: Nicole Lizée, Mozart, and Bruckner

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

sketches for the unfinished fifth movement of Bruckner’s Symphony No.9
Austrian National Library, Vienna.

Nicole LizéeZeiss After Dark
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
Bruckner: Symphony No.9 in D minor (WAB 109), in the Samale/Mazzuca/Phillips/Cohrs completed edition

James Campbell (clarinet)
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Alexander Prior

For Mark Morris’s review of the ESO’s season opening concert, which included the Canadian premiere of the Samale/Mazzuca/Phillips/Cohrs completion of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, click here.

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven, Dvořák, and Saint-Saëns

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: Symphony Under the Sky

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture*

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22

Dvořák: Symphony No.8 in G minor

Ilya Yakushev (piano)

Conducted by Robert Bernhardt and Alexander Prior*

Anton Dvořák

 

For Mark Morris’ review for the Edmonton Journal of the traditional Friday classical concert in the ESO’s mini-festival, Symphony Under the Sky, click here.

Opera Nuova: The Arctic Flute and Into the Woods

Opera Nuova
Into the Woods
from left to right: Emily Ready (Cinderella), Kael Wynn (Steward), and John Carr Cook (Prince)
Nanc Price Photography

Mozart, reimagined by Michael Cavanagh: The Arctic Flute, based on The Magic Flute
June 23rd, 2018
Festival Place, Sherwood Park


Sondheim: Into the Woods
June 24th, 2018
Festival Place, Sherwood Park


Opera Nuova’s mainstage productions from its 2018 Opera and Music Theatre Festival run until Saturday June 30th. The Arctic Flute, directed by Michael Cavanagh, is not quite as expected – the Arctic element is minimal – but is done in a very entertaining vaudeville style, with strong singing-acting, and is great fun if you are not expecting something more serious. Into the Woods, directed by Brian Deedrick, is more straightforward, and will appeal to those who enjoy Sondheim’s musical or who are curious as to what it is like.

For Mark Morris’ full review in the Edmonton Journal, click here.

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: Bach (arr. Prior), Stafylakis, Miller, and Prior

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra late night concert

Alexander Prior and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Bach (arranged Alexander Prior): Fugue in G minor, from  The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, BWV 885
Harry Stafylakis: Never the Same River
Jared Miller: Palimpsest
Alexander Prior: The Banshee

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Alexander Prior

Winspear

May 11, 2017

 

For Mark Morris’ review in the Edmonton Journal of the last Friday late-night concert of the ESO’s 2017/2018 season, click here. The concert featured the world premiere of a new work by the orchestra’s Chief Conductor, Alexander Prior, as well as recent works by two Canadian composers.

Edmonton Opera: Mozart Don Giovanni

Edmonton Opera

Max Slevogt - Der Sänger Francisco d'Andrade als Don Giovanni in Mozarts Oper - Google Art Project.jpg

Portrait of Francisco D’Andrade in the title role by Max Slevogt, 1912

Mozart: Don Giovanni

Jubilee, Friday April 14, Tuesday April 17, Friday April 20

Don Giovanni:   Phillip Addis

Leporello: Erik Anstine
Donna Anna: Michelle Capalbo
Donna Elvira: Cara McLeod
Don Ottavio: John Tessier
Zerlina: Whitney-Leigh Sloan
Masetto: Tyler Fitzgerald
Commendatore: Kirk Eichelberger

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Edmonton Opera Chorus
Conductor: Christopher Larkin

Director: Oriol Tomas
Set designer: Bretta Gerecke
Costume designer: Deanna Finnman
Lighting designer: Barry Steele

 

For Mark Morris’ review in the Edmonton Journal of the Edmonton Opera production of Don Giovanni, which combines some stunning sets, costumes, and lighting, with a generally strong younger cast, click here.

Edmonton Opera: H.M.S. Pinafore

Gilbert and Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore

with new jazz arrangements by Ed Windels

 

Company of Edmonton Opera’s HMS Pinafore. Photo by Nanc Price

Jubilee Theatre
Saturday, February 3, Tuesday, February 6, Friday, February 9

Josephine: Vanessa Oude-Reimerink
Ralph Rackstraw: Adrian Kramer
Sir Joseph Porter, KCB: Glenn Nelson
Little Buttercup: Bridget Ryan

Director: Robert Herriot
Set Designer: Camellia Koo
Costumer Designer: Deanna Finnman

For Mark Morris’ review in the Edmonton Journal, click here.

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and National Arts Centre Orchestra: Estacio, Mozart, Dvořák

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra

Saturday, October 28th, 2017
Winspear

Albert Bierstadt, Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, 1868, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.

 

John Estacio: King Arthur Suite
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) 

Jessica Linnebach (violin)
Alexander Shelley (conductor)

For Mark Morris’ review in the Edmonton Journal of the joint concert of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, on tour from Ottawa, click here .