Friday, 14 January 2011 14:48
Last Updated on Friday, 06 May 2011 10:09
International percussionist and the ESO premiere Rough Music
Late Night Percussion
Concerto for Percussion
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Music Director William Eddins welcome the return of charismatic Scottish percussionist Colin Currie for two striking nights of music at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music. The elite percussionist demonstrates his stature in the classical music scene through his extraordinary ability to create a sense of musical exaltation in both the Late Night with Bill Eddins and Landmark Classic Masters series this month.
H.K Gruber's impressive Rough Music – Concerto for Percussion, liberates the percussion from its common subordinate tasks through the emancipation of rhythm and resourcefulness. Colin Currie will perform this athletic and thrilling work, showcasing its expressive sound elements – tuned and untuned, aggressive and moderating – that marshal together to create a concentration of forces that find their allies in the orchestra.
The ESO performs music of the satirical rocker and influential composer Frank Zappa on March 15th, 2011
, but Late Night audiences will get a sneak peak of the composer’s ability to break down barriers between rock, jazz, and classical music. Special guest percussionist Ed Mann, said to be the most recorded musician in Zappa’s catalog, is joined by Colin Currie to perform G-Spot Tornado
. The Late Night Percussion program will also feature music by Steve Reich, Per Nørgărd, Matthias Schmitt, and Allan Gordon Bell.
On Saturday night, Igor Stravinsky’s Le baiser de la fée (“The Fairy’s Kiss”) makes its ESO premiere – a work based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen using melodies from music of his compatriot, Tchaikovsky. Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, though often overshadowed by the revolutionary “Eroica” Third Symphony and the epochal Fifth, is a wonderfully rich and balanced score, placid and serene.
Late Night Percussion will be performed without intermission. Following the performance, mingle in our lobby while sipping on a cocktail and listening to live music. Arrive early on Saturday for Symphony Prelude with D.T. Baker – 7:15pm in the Upper Circle (Third Level) Lobby – to learn more about the repertoire of music that will be performed by the orchestra.
Ticket prices for Late Night Percussion range from $20 - $40; Concerto for Percussion tickets range in price from $20 – $71 (agency fees apply). Call the Winspear Centre Box Office at (780) 428-1414, toll-free 1-800-563-5081, or purchase online
The next Late Night with Bill Eddins concert takes place on June 3rd, 2011
. The ESO performs stylistically innovative music of the 20th century, including Prokofiev’s bright and heroic Fifth Symphony
and Honneger’s avant-garde Pacific 231
. Bill Eddins appears at guest pianist in Bernstein’s Second Symphony “Age of Anxiety”
in the next Masters series of concerts, February 25th & 26th, 2011
Thank you to our Late Night with Bill Eddins series sponsor Lexus of Edmonton, Landmark Classic Masters series sponsor Landmark Classic Homes, and media sponsor CKUA Radio Network.