Monday, 15 November 2010 10:59
Gifted Edmonton-born cellist David Eggert makes his ESO debut
Saint-Saëns’ First Cello Concerto
A fiery young talent making waves on the international music scene joins your Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Music Director William Eddins as featured soloist in the upcoming Sunday Showcase series concert at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music. Cellist David Eggert brings his inventive approach and imaginative musical interpretation to the stage as he performs Camille Saint-Saëns’ unconventional First Cello Concerto. The ESO’s own Principal Bass Trombone Christopher Taylor will dazzle listeners with the golden tone of a ballade for an instrument rarely given a solo spotlight.
Winner of the prestigious Eckhardt-Gramatté Prize in 2006, David Eggert will make his ESO debut by taking his place in the dramatic foreground of the tremendously demanding work by Saint-Saëns. Despite the orchestra offering a shimmering backdrop to the virtuosic paces of the soloist, their “call and answer” interplay of countermelodies supports a joint dramatic drive through an atypical concerto form. Chris Taylor is featured in Eric Ewazen's Ballade for Bass Trombone, a work of energetic vitality yet balanced with floating melodies in which a sense of poetry is implied.
The ESO continues the program with Fauré's Pavane, which originated as a stately Renaissance dance and exudes a language more of elegance than of emphasis. A reflective idea of serenity juxtaposed by a feeling of persistent restlessness and sudden key shifts can be heard in Russo's FrateVento, while the glorious and sudden outbursts of bending curves of the Northern Lights are translated into unique auditory effects in John Estacio's Borealis. The orchestra concludes the afternoon program with two vivacious showpieces by Emmanuel Chabrier, Fête Polonaise and Danse slav, both from his opera Le roi malgré lui.
Pre-concert, learn more about the performance at Showcase Prelude – 1:15pm in the Founders Room (Second Level) with D.T. Baker. Please note that the post-concert Coffee Shop will not take place for this particular Sunday afternoon, but will resume January 30th.
Ticket prices for this performance range from $20 – $65 (agency fees apply). Call the Winspear Centre Box Office at (780) 428-1414, 1-800-563-5081, or purchase online
The next performance of the Sunday Showcase series takes place on January 30th, 2011
. Swiss pianist Gilles Vonsattel makes his ESO debut with Edvard Grieg’s flourishing Piano Concerto
Thank you to our Emerging Artists Partner RBC Foundation, and our series media sponsors CKUA Radio Network and Edmonton’s Child Magazine.