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The Cocktail Hour: Music of the Mad Men Era

FRI, APRIL 25, 2014 at 8PM

Loosen your tie, pour yourself a highball - this is the music of the Mad Men era. Steven Reineke leads the ESO and Sherwood Park's own rising Broadway star Ryan Silverman in the Top Forty of the early 1960's. A few ounces of Paul Anka, a shot of Brenda Lee and even a splash of Bacharach - all mixed into a Mad Men musical cocktail!

ESO & Winspear Overture

FRI, APRIL 25, 2014: NOON to 1PM

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Winspear Centre invite you to be our guest at a free, one-hour information session & backstage tour. Click 'More Info' for RSVP information.

The Cocktail Hour: Music of the Mad Men Era

SAT, APRIL 26, 2014 at 8PM

Loosen your tie, pour yourself a highball - this is the music of the Mad Men era. Steven Reineke leads the ESO and Sherwood Park's own rising Broadway star Ryan Silverman in the Top Forty of the early 1960's. A few ounces of Paul Anka, a shot of Brenda Lee and even a splash of Bacharach - all mixed into a Mad Men musical cocktail!

Renaissance Men

FRI, MAY 2, 2014 at 7:30PM

Christopher O'Riley returns to perform Bartók's percussive Piano Concerto No. 1, and is joined by Bill Eddins on piano for Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos. This eclectic program also features a world premiere from our Composer in Residence, Robert Rival.

Renaissance Men

SAT, MAY 3, 2014 at 8PM

Encore Series
Christopher O'Riley returns to perform Bartók's percussive Piano Concerto No. 1, and is joined by Bill Eddins on piano for Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos. This eclectic program also features a world premiere from our Composer in Residence, Robert Rival.

Choral Spectacular

SUN, MAY 11, 2014 at 2PM

Some of the greatest choral works ever written will be brought to life by the skilled voices of Kokopelli and Òran. ESO Principal Trombone John McPherson performs one of his own works, and the ESO premieres a new set of variations on Stan Rogers’ iconic Northwest Passage.

Two Orchestras Play the Russian Masters

TUE, MAY 13, 2014 at 7:30PM

Once again the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra join forces, this time to present the lush music of Russian masters, including Rachmaninoff's famous Piano Concerto No. 2 with featured guest Katherine Chi!

The Mark of Zorro

THU, MAY 15, 2014 at 8PM

In Old California, Zorro (played by Douglas Fairbanks) opposes the colonial government, avenges the wrongs of the downtrodden, and gets the girl! The film is projected above the orchestra and accompanied by the ESO and Dennis James on the Davis Concert Organ.

ESO & Winspear Overture

THURS, MAY 15, 2014: NOON to 1PM

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Winspear Centre invite you to be our guest at a free, one-hour information session & backstage tour. Click 'More Info' for RSVP information.

Acura/ELS Presents Ben Folds

WED, MAY 21, 2014 at 7:30PM

Acura/ELS Presents The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience – featuring his new piano concerto & his pop hits.

Aranjuez on the Harp

SAT, MAY 24, 2014 at 8PM

Applause Series
Hear Rodrigo's beloved Concierto de Aranjuez with colours you've never imagined as harp takes on the solo part. Making his ESO debut, Courtney Lewis conducts Schumann's uplifting Second Symphony.

ESO & Winspear Overture

TUES, MAY 27, 2014: NOON to 1PM

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Winspear Centre invite you to be our guest at a free, one-hour information session & backstage tour. Click 'More Info' for RSVP information.

Masterpieces for Guitar

WED, May 28, 2014 at 7:30PM

An exquisite pairing of guitar and orchestra perfect for a Spring evening!

The Golden Age of Film Music

FRI, MAY 30, 2014 at 8PM

There is nothing like the sound of a vintage Hollywood film score performed live in the magical acoustics of the Winspear Centre by an orchestra as dynamic as the ESO. Experience the mesmerizing power of cinematic classics like Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus, North by Northwest, Gone With the Wind and The Magnificent Seven, along with projected behind-the-scenes still images from studio archives.

The Golden Age of Film Music

SAT, MAY 31, 2014 at 8PM

There is nothing like the sound of a vintage Hollywood film score performed live in the magical acoustics of the Winspear Centre by an orchestra as dynamic as the ESO. Experience the mesmerizing power of cinematic classics like Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus, North by Northwest, Gone With the Wind and The Magnificent Seven, along with projected behind-the-scenes still images from studio archives.

Late Night Bernstein

FRI, JUNE 6, 2014 at 9:30PM

We celebrate the music of one of the most acclaimed American composers and conductors, Leonard Bernstein, in a program that includes music from Candide, On the Town and West Side Story.

American Songs

SAT, JUNE 7, 2014 at 8PM

Encore Series
Two celebrated American orchestral song cycles receive their ESO debuts in a night brimming with orchestral excitement and colour.

ESO & Winspear Overture

WED, JUNE 11, 2014: NOON to 1PM

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Winspear Centre invite you to be our guest at a free, one-hour information session & backstage tour. Click 'More Info' for RSVP information.

National Youth Orchestra of Canada

WED, AUGUST 6, 2014 at 8PM
FREE PERFORMANCE

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.

Disney in Concert

FRI, AUGUST 29, 2014 at 8PM
FREE PERFORMANCE at 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!

Disney in Concert

SAT, AUGUST 30, 2014 at 8PM
FREE PERFORMANCE at 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

SUN, AUGUST 31, 2014 at 8PM
FREE PERFORMANCE at Kinsmen Park

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!

The Glory of the Organ

SAT, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 at 8PM

Encore Series
"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 tour-de-force Morning, and an elegant classical serenade from Mozart.

On the Air!

FRI, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 at 8PM

Music of the Fabulous Forties
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.

On the Air!

SAT, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 at 8PM

Music of the Fabulous Forties
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.

Peter and the Wolf

SAT, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 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!

Symphonie Fantastique

FRI, OCTOBER 3, 2014 at 7:30PM

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

Symphonie Fantastique

SAT, OCTOBER 4, 2014 at 8PM

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

Mozart and His Admirers

WED, OCTOBER 8, 2014 at 7:30PM

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.

Quartetto Gelato with the ESO

THU, OCTOBER 16, 2014 at 8PM

Love Songs & Gypsy Rhapsodies
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!

The Way We Were

FRI, OCTOBER 31, 2014 at 8PM

Ann Hampton Callaway Sings Streisand
Singer, composer, lyricist, pianist and Tony-nominated 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.

The Phantom of the Opera

FRI, OCTOBER 31, 2014 at 11:30PM

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.

The Way We Were

SAT, NOVEMBER 1, 2014 at 8PM

Ann Hampton Callaway Sings Streisand
Singer, composer, lyricist, pianist and Tony-nominated 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.

Indigo Girls with the ESO

MON, NOVEMBER 3, 2014 at 7:30PM

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

Old Friends: Tommy Banks & PJ Perry

TUE, NOVEMBER 11, 2014 at 7:30PM

'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!

Symphonic Poetry

FRI, NOVEMBER 14, 2014 at 7:30PM

Prepare for an evocative evening of orchestral tone poetry with Tchaikovsky’s rarely-heard showpiece based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, a lyrical song cycle by Vaughan Williams, a mesmerizing tone poem by Sir Paul McCartney, and a work by Edmonton’s own John Estacio.

Symphonic Poetry

SAT, NOVEMBER 15, 2014 at 8PM

Applause Series
Prepare for an evocative evening of orchestral tone poetry with Tchaikovsky’s rarely-heard showpiece based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, a lyrical song cycle by Vaughan Williams, a mesmerizing tone poem by Sir Paul McCartney, and a work by Edmonton’s own John Estacio.

A Tribute to Mario Lanza

THU, NOVEMBER 20, 2014 at 8PM

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.

Gabrieli, Vivaldi & Haydn

SUN, NOVEMBER 23, 2014 at 2PM

Vivaldi’s unique quadruple violin concerto will feature four of the ESO’s finest! Brandon Ridenour, the youngest-ever 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.

Bach, Weber & Schubert

WED, NOVEMBER 26, 2014 at 7:30PM

Sir William Walton lovingly re-orchestrated Bach’s The Wise Virgins 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 Weber's sunny and playful Clarinet Concerto No. 2, and Schubert’s impassioned Fourth Symphony.

Schubert's Fourth Symphony

SAT, NOVEMBER 29, 2014 at 8PM

Encore Series
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. Remarkable works by Sheng and Huang are brief counterpoints to Barber's lush Violin Concerto performed by the ESO’s concertmaster.

Handel's Messiah

FRI, DECEMBER 5, 2014 at 7:30PM

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

SAT, DECEMBER 6, 2014 at 7:30PM

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!

A Lightly Classical Christmas

THU, DECEMBER 18, 2014 at 8PM

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

We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

FRI, DECEMBER 19, 2014 at 8PM

Our Annual Holiday Pops
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!

We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

SAT, DECEMBER 20, 2014 at 8PM

Our Annual Holiday Pops
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!

We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

SUN, DECEMBER 21, 2014 at 2PM

Our Annual Holiday Pops
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!

Brahms' Second Symphony

SAT, JANUARY 10, 2015 at 8PM

Encore Series
Four contrasting operatic interludes – from joyously extroverted to sublimely tender – plus a dizzying, dazzling flute concerto and Brahms' towering Second Symphony are the ingredients to enrich the senses, engage the mind, and warm the soul.

Cameron Carpenter

WED, JANUARY 14, 2015 at 7:30PM

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.

Around the World with Sultans of String

THU, JANUARY 16, 2015 at 8PM

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.

Sultans of String

SAT, JANUARY 17, 2015 at 2PM

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.

Beethoven & Sibelius

SUN, JANUARY 18, 2015 at 2PM

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 cheerful Eighth Symphony completes a program conducted by Victoria Symphony Music Director Tania Miller.

Orchestra On Parade!

FRI, JANUARY 23, 2015 at 8PM

An ESO Showcase
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).

Orchestra On Parade!

SAT, JANUARY 24, 2015 at 8PM

An ESO Showcase
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).

Late Night Comedy

FRI, FEBRUARY 6, 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.

The Eddins Effect

SAT, FEBRUARY 7, 2015 at 8PM

Applause Series
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 Cello Concerto and Schoenberg’s rhapsodic Transfigured Night, add up to the sort of program that only Bill Eddins would dare concoct.

Cirque de la Symphonie

SAT, FEBRUARY 14, 2015 at 2:30PM

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.

Cirque de la Symphonie

SAT, FEBRUARY 14, 2015 at 7PM

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.

Cirque de la Symphonie

SUN, FEBRUARY 15, 2015 at 10AM

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.

Cirque de la Symphonie

SUN, FEBRUARY 15, 2015 at 2:30PM

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.

An Age of Innocence: A 60s Jukebox

WED, FEBRUARY 18, 2015 at 7:30PM

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: The Music of Simon & Garfunkel

THU, FEBRUARY 19, 2015 at 7:30PM

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

FRI, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 at 7:30PM

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.

Max's Musical Adventure

SAT, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 at 2PM

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!

Beethoven's Seventh Symphony

SAT, FEBRUARY 28, 2015 at 8PM

Encore Series
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 violin concerto by Saint-Saëns.

Piano Brilliance

THU, MARCH 5, 2015 at 8PM

Piano and orchestra will be on glittering display at this concert, with Mendelssohn’s Capriccio brilliant, Weber’s Polonaise brilliant, 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.

Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto

SUN, MARCH 8, 2015 at 2PM
Daylight Savings Time begins on March 8, 2015.

John Estacio’s Bootlegger’s Tarantella, with its infections melodies and sonorities, has become a popular ESO “party piece”. Rutter’s inventive Suite Antique careens from neo-baroque to jazz, while Grieg’s suite from Peer Gynt 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.

Violin & Cello

FRI, MARCH 13, 2015 at 7:30PM

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.

Violin & Cello

SAT, MARCH 14, 2015 at 8PM

Applause Series
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.

Eddins Conducts Beethoven

WED, MARCH 18, 2015 at 7:30PM

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.

Ella And Louis

FRI, MARCH 20, 2015 at 8PM

The Sunny Side of the Street
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!

Ella And Louis

SAT, MARCH 21, 2015 at 8PM

The Sunny Side of the Street
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!

Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto

FRI, MARCH 27, 2015 at 7:30PM

Talented young pianist Behzod Abduraimov 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’ Third Symphony.

Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto

SAT, MARCH 28, 2015 at 8PM

Applause Series
Talented young pianist Behzod Abduraimov 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’ Third Symphony.

The Miraculous Mandarin

FRI, APRIL 10, 2015 at 7:30PM

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.

The Miraculous Mandarin

SAT, APRIL 11, 2015 at 8PM

Encore Series
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.

Bond & Beyond

FRI, APRIL 24, 2015 at 8PM

Five Decades of Cinematic Hits
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.

Bond & Beyond

SAT, APRIL 25, 2015 at 8PM

Five Decades of Cinematic Hits
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.

Heroes & Villains

SAT, MAY 2, 2015 at 2PM

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!

Nobuyuki Tsujii

TUE, MAY 5, 2015 at 7:30PM

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.

Handel & Haydn

WED, MAY 13, 2015 at 7:30PM

As spring takes hold, baroque birds can be heard singing in both Handel’s delicious organ concerto, and Respighi’s 18th-century inspired suite. The series ends with a rarely-encountered wind concerto by Bach, the glittering Symphony No. 96 by Haydn, and a beloved orchestral interlude from one of Handel’s forty-two operas.

Violin Showstoppers

THU, MAY 21, 2015 at 8PM

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, Suppé and Morawetz will also be performed.

Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

SUN, MAY 24, 2015 at 2PM

Luri Lee, winner of the 2013 Shean Strings Competition, joins the ESO for Tchaikovsky’s much-loved concerto, and Brahms’ powerful Variations on a Theme by Haydn 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.

Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto

FRI, MAY 29, 2015 at 7:30PM

A master pianist joins the ESO to perform Beethoven’s gentle Fourth Concerto, in startling contrast to Nielsen’s incisive Fifth Symphony. Masterworks like these require palate cleansers: brief, reflective works of Sibelius and Morawetz complete the menu.

Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto

SAT, MAY 30, 2015 at 8PM

Applause Series
A master pianist joins the ESO to perform Beethoven’s gentle Fourth Concerto, in startling contrast to Nielsen’s incisive Fifth Symphony. Masterworks like these require palate cleansers: brief, reflective works of Sibelius and Morawetz complete the menu.

Broadway Divas!

FRI, JUNE 5, 2015 at 8PM

A Celebration of Leading Ladies
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.

Broadway Divas!

SAT, JUNE 6, 2015 at 8PM

A Celebration of Leading Ladies
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.

Late Night Gershwin

FRI, JUNE 12, 2015 at 9:30PM

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.

Eddins Plays Gershwin

SAT, JUNE 13, 2015 at 8PM

Encore Series
The dream sequences for Weill’s Broadway hit Lady int the Dark are brash, cheeky, and utterly irresistible, while Gershwin’s rambunctious Concerto in F is a snapshot of 1930s New York City. A world away, Martinu’s nostalgic Second Symphony is a touching reminiscence of the composer’s Czech homeland.

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