Robert Bernhardt, conductor
Bob Bernhardt brings a unique perspective and ability each time he is on the podium, and in every genre. He is currently Principal Pops Conductor with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera (where he was Music Director for 19 seasons) and is in his 17th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra (and in his 32nd consecutive season there). Formerly, he was Principal Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic, Music Director and Conductor of the Tucson Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of Kentucky Opera, Music Director and Conductor of the Amarillo Symphony, and Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.
The 2012-13 season marked Mr. Bernhardt’s 20th anniversary with the Boston Pops, which he first conducted at John Williams’ invitation in 1992. Along with Boston, he has been a frequent guest conductor of the Baltimore Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Tucson Symphony, the Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Pacific Symphony. He has been a guest conductor with many others. A lover of opera, he conducted productions with Kentucky Opera for 18 consecutive seasons, and for 19 seasons with his own company in Chattanooga, as well as many guest conducting engagements with the Nashville Opera. He received his Masters degree with Honors from the University of Southern California’s School of Music, studying primarily with Daniel Lewis. He received his Bachelors-Fine Arts degree from Union College in Schenectady, NY, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa cum laude, and an Academic All-American Baseball Player. He lives with his wife, Nora, in Signal Mountain, Tennessee.
Since making his ESO debut in May 2006, Bob Bernhardt has become a favourite with the orchestra and its audiences. 2013 marks his eighth consecutive appearance as conductor of Symphony Under the Sky, and he frequently conducts performances in ESO subscription series concerts and specials. His next ESO appearance will be at the Robbins Lighter Classics season debut on October 10, 2013.
Mela Dailey, soprano
As the winner of competitions sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs, Metropolitan Opera, New York University, Gerda Lissner Foundation, Downbeat
magazine, and Connecticut Opera Guild, and finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Mid-South Region, American Traditions Competition, International Opera Singer Competition, and Career Bridges Grant Awards with the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, Inc., Mela Dailey has command of both her instrument and the stage. Ms. Dailey has received recognition in a wide variety of musical genres including opera, oratorio, art song, musical theatre, vocal jazz, gospel, country, and popular music. Ms. Dailey made her professional debut at Carnegie Hall in 2003 with the Grammy nominated Conspirare Company of Voices directed by Craig Hella Johnson. She has been a recipient of the New York University Talent Scholarship for achievement in musical theatre, a winner of the Second Annual University of Texas Opera Gala Aria Competition, and was selected as a New Young Artist with the Victoria Bach Festival.
In the fall of 2011, Ms. Dailey performed and recorded a Samuel Barber choral program with Conspirare for Harmonia Mundi. 2012 begins with a Conspirare Mid-Western Tour, solo debut with the Spokane Symphony, a Florida chamber music tour, and solos in Debussy's La damoiselle élue
and Poulenc's Gloria
in a return to the Georgetown Festival. Previous operatic performances include the roles of Ines in Il Trovatore
, Countess Ceprano (and covering Gilda) in Rigoletto
, and Ida (also covering Adele) in Die Fledermaus
with Austin Lyric Opera, Adina in L'Élisir d'amore
and Musetta in La Bohème
with the Opera Company of Brooklyn, the title role of Semele at the Staunton Music Festival (VA), and Frasquita in Carmen
with the Amarillo Opera. With the Austin Symphony, she sang the role of Sophie in the Act III Trio and Finale from Der Rosenkavalier
. She has also appeared in concert with the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra of Klagenfurt, Austria and was Artist-in-Residence with the Amarillo Opera.
Strathcona Department of Theatre
The Strathcona Department of Theatre is proud to offer a pre-professional training program for high school aged performers. Our goal is to provide students with the skills they will need to move on to competitive college programs as well as amateur theatre experiences. We offer challenging and engaging courses for actors at various levels of development. Under the Artsitic Direction of Linette Smith and Stephen Delano, classes are designed to encourage students to create imaginative and compelling characters, to regard their voices and bodies as creative instruments, to expose them to theatrical literature, and to instill in them a sense of respect and professionalism for this art form that will stay with them throughout their lives. Students have been a part of many award winning Strathcona productions and continue to be a part of theatre programs while studying at the University of Alberta, The National Theatre School, New York University, Sheridan , and Ryerson.
The company last appeared with the ESO at Symphony Under the Sky 2012.
Park your vehicle for only $5 at the U of A’s Stadium Car Park (116 St & 89 Ave), and ride ETS buses for free directly to Hawrelak Park! Parking is very limited at Hawrelak Park and not guaranteed. Free, supervised bike racks will also be available at Hawrelak Park, courtesy of the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ Society.
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On-site Box Office
Please note: advance sales will be to the full capacity of Hawrelak Park Amphitheatre. Tickets may not be available at the door! The on-site Box Office Tent is cash only. There will be an ATM machine on site. The on-site Box Office at Hawrelak Park opens two hours prior to each performance for sales and ticket pick-up. If you would like to pick up your tickets prior to the festival, please visit the Winspear Centre box office by 3pm on Friday, August 30th.
Admission & Seating
The gates to the Heritage Amphitheatre open one hour prior to each performance. Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed in grass seating area. Lawn chairs may be placed on the audience-left side of the amphitheatre, and the audience-right side is reserved for blankets.
Food & Drink
Food vendors will be located in the Heritage Amphitheatre and the Winspear Concession stand will offer snacks, hot and cold drinks, wine & beer. You may bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages, but all alcohol must be purchased inside the amphitheatre. S'WICH food truck will be at Hawrelak Park on Saturday and Sunday afternoon between performances.
Symphony Under the Sky Online
If at all possible, all performances will remain at Hawrelak Park
. In case of inclement weather, festival concerts may take place at the Winspear Centre. The decision to change venues will be made 3 hours prior to the performance. Venue change information will be posted on this website and our Twitter feed
, and noted in a recorded message at 780-428-1414 and 1-800-563-5081.
Festival Suppliers and Supporters
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Thank you to the City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council for their ongoing support of Symphony Under the Sky.
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