Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: Symphony Under the Sky, Dvořák and Brahms

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Robert Bernhardt, conductor of Symphony Under the Sky. Photo by D.T. Baker

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World, Op. 95, B. 178
Brahms: Violin Concerto in in D major, Op. 77

Blake Pouliot (violin)
conducted by Robert Bernhardt

Hawrelak Park
Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday night was classical music night at Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s mini festival Symphony Under the Sky, with rousing performances under the baton of Robert Bernhardt of Dvořák’s New World symphony, and with the exciting young violinist Blake Pouliot of Brahms’ Violin Concerto.

It also featured an experimental sound reinforcement system.

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

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: Simone Porter (violin) plays Prokofiev and Barber concertos

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, opus 19
Dvořák (arr. Brahms): Slavonic Dance No. 10 in E minor, Opus 72 No. 2 

Barber: Violin Concerto Op. 14

Simone Porter (violin)
conducted by Alexander Prior

May 31, 2019

For Mark Morris’ review of the marvellous performances by Simone Porter and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra of the Prokofiev first and the Barber violin concertos (a concert where the new Prior violin concerto was due to be played, but was cancelled), click here.

Summer Solstice Chamber Music Festival: Ensemble Made in Canada

Ensemble Made in Canada

Frank Bridge

Mozart: Piano Quartet No.2 in E-flat major, K.493
Frank Bridge: Phantasy Piano Quartet in F-Sharp Minor
Fauré: Piano Quartet No.1 in C minor

Ensemble Made In Canada

First Baptist Church, Edmonton
June 18, 2019


For Mark Morris’ review of the opening concert in the 2019 Summer Solstice Chamber Music festival, click here.

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: The music of Harry Potter

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Robert Bernhardt, Master Wizard of the Edmonton Special Obliviators (ESO). Photo by Cheryl McCartney







The Music of Harry Potter

June 23, 2019

Conductor: Robert Bernhardt


The  Daily Planet’s intrepid reporter went to the Winspear on Sunday afternoon, June 23, in disguise (using a Polyjuice Potion) as a music critic for the  Edmonton Journal.

Read his report on the proceedings here.

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

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)

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


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.