Edmonton Symphony Orchestra announces 2022/23 season
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) is proud to announce its 2022/23 season, offering exhilarating live musical programming and the first with Artistic Advisor Michael Stern. Subscriptions are on sale now.
ESO returns to the Winspear Center stage and once again welcomes a diverse roster of guest soloists and conductors, including many familiar faces and audience favourites. Music Director Emeritus Bill Eddins, Bob Bernhardt, Lucas Waldin and Jean Marie Zeitouni return to lead the ESO in electrifying programs, while exceptionally talented new artists are introduced to Edmonton, including Roman Rabinovich (ESO debut), conductor Earl Lee, violinist Timothy Chooi, and pianist Katherine Chi. Resident conductor Cosette Justo Valdés will lead the orchestra in several exciting programs, including Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony, The Mambo Kings: Hot Latin Nights! and several Symphony for Kids concerts.
The 2022/23 season includes 12 programs from the Classical Series featuring favorites from the Classical canon, such as Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Piano Concerto No. 2 by Rachmaninoff and the glorious Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy” by Beethoven. “The Robbins Pops series once again lays claim to its fabulous arrangements, and the glitz and glamor that go with it. Expect a musical journey that will take you everywhere from 1960s London to Hollywood to South America. South and Beyond The popular Pairings series offers shorter programs and free food and drink with every ticket The Symphony for Kids series offers children and families the ideal introduction to orchestral music.
This season, ESO welcomes Michael Stern as Artistic Advisor. Stern currently holds three music director positions: with the Kansas City Symphony, where he will complete his 19-year tenure at the end of the 2023-24 season; with the National Repertory Orchestra, a summer music festival in Breckenridge, CO, which for 43 years has provided an intensive and unique scholarship program for budding young musicians, and with the newly renamed Orchestra Lumos (formerly the Stamford Symphony ). And, after a 22-year tenure as founding Artistic Director of the Iris Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee, he now serves the newly revamped Iris Collective as Artistic Advisor. He appeared as a guest conductor at ESO in 2015 and 2019 and became a favorite with audiences and orchestra alike. A re-engagement scheduled for November 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic.
“This is an exciting time for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra as we look to the future and renewal after this prolonged disruption around the world. With brilliant guest soloists, esteemed conductors and the virtuosity from our very own ESO musicians, the upcoming season has something for everyone. I invite you to enjoy a fascinating range of essential music, old and new, treasured masterpieces and new I’m thrilled to be a part of great music in Edmonton, along with the exceptional artistry of ESO, where we all need great music in our lives more than ever,” says Stern.
“We have shared music with the community creatively over the past two years in every way at our disposal – it has at times been interesting, challenging and rewarding in equal measure. It is very exciting to announce to a full season again. We look forward to working with Michael Stern to guide us on our journey as we seek a new musical director for the orchestra after five outstanding years with conductor Alex Prior on the Winspear.” added ESO and Winspear Center President and CEO Annemarie Petrov.
Season features include:
Symphony under the sky | September 3 and 4
Symphony Under The Sky returns to Hawrelak Park for its 25th anniversary with beloved bandleader Bob Bernhard. The festival features two programs, one featuring Hollywood favorites and the other a mix of the best of ESO’s classical and pop repertoire.
Stern conducts Grieg & Stravinsky: Magical Musical Tales | November 4 -6
ESO Artistic Advisor Michael Stern conducts the orchestra with Grieg, Ravel and Stravinsky. Yellowknife composer Carmen Braden has transformed her original string quartet The Raven Conspiracy into an orchestral gem. Plus, hear the magic of the keyboard as Calgary pianist Roman Rabinovich makes his ESO debut.
Classical Mystery Tour: The Best of The Beatles | October 27 and 29
Guest conductor Martin Hermann leads the ESO as they amp up iconic tunes exactly as they were originally performed, including Penny Lane with piccolo trumpet and Yesterday with guitar and string quartet.
thrill of a lifetime: a special concert for the future | April 15 and 16
The players of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra experience the thrill of sitting side by side with the ESO, to perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, conducted by ESO Music Director Emeritus, William Eddins.
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony: An Ode to Joy | May 4 and 6
Led by ESO Artistic Advisor Michael Stern, this program also features thoughtful and reflective pieces from two of today’s celebrated female composers, Canadian Vivian Fung and American Jessie Montgomery.
Full details of the 2022/23 season and subscription options at www.winspearcentre.com.