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University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra: Saint-Saëns ((Le carnaval des animaux), Stravinsky (Firebird)
April 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm MDT$20
The University Symphony Orchestra closes the 2018-2019 MainStage concert season with CARNAVAL
Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Edmonton, AB — The University of Alberta’s Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Petar Dundjerski, closes the MainStage concert season on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. with an evening of light classical favourites at the Winspear Centre.
The concert features special guest pianists, Jacques C. Després and Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp, performing with the orchestra on two pianos in Camille Saint-Saëns’ fun and witty piece, Le Carnaval des Animaux. Other repertoire that will be showcased include Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite and Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major. The latter piece welcomes guest clarinetist and 2018 Department of Music Concerto Competition winner, Cristian Kasinski.
The University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Petar Dundjerski, was established in 1945 as a student orchestra. Decades of stellar performances, memorable collaborations, and fearless directors have seen the ensemble grow into Edmonton’s premier community orchestra. The ensemble presents up to six concerts a year and often participates in choral and operatic presentations.
A professor of music at the University of Alberta since 2005, pianist Jacques C. Després has concertized for four decades across three continents through his recordings, performances as a soloist with orchestras, solo recitals and collaborative work. An intelligent, refined, highly sensitive and disciplined artist, Després’ performances and recordings are praised by critics who cite his “crystal-clear pianism,” and his abilities “to bring humanity, integrity and an enormous expressive range to the pieces.”
Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp has been lauded for her “enormous pianistic culture and exuberant expressive possession” and “breathtaking suppleness.” Her artistry across a wide range of genres and styles has earned her recognition around the world. Besides winning numerous national and international prizes and scholarships, Viktoria is the first and only performer who has won the highest Canadian graduate scholarship, the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. She currently teaches piano, vocal and instrumental chamber music, and piano literature at the University of Alberta.
Concert tickets are $20 Adult and $10 Student & Senior. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door (cash only) or online at ualberta.ca/artshows.