2022/2023 ESO Classics

2022/2023 ESO Classics

An intriguing mix of iconic composers and fresh new works, complete with virtuoso performances, exciting guest artists, and your favourite classical works.

This season includes 12 classical programs with favourites from the classical canon, such as Stravinsky’s Firebird, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Beethoven’s glorious Symphony No. 9.

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Formerly known as Masters Full, the Saturday Classics Full provides you the ultimate symphony experience with 12 exhilarating programs. Hear your ESO perform everything from Stravinsky’s The Firebird and Beethoven’s treasured 9th Symphony to Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. Works by women composers, including Canadians Vivian Fung and Carmen Braden, round out this lively series

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Events In This Series (7:30 PM)

Bach, Vivaldi & Fireworks: The Joy of Baroque

Conducted by Nicholas McGegan
Thursday, October 13
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Stern Conducts Grieg & Stravinsky: Magical Musical Tales

Conducted by Michael Stern
Saturday, November 5
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Trip to Vienna & Prague

Conducted by Dinis Sousa
Saturday, November 19
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Brahms' First Piano Concerto

Conducted by Yaniv Dinur
Saturday, January 21
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Spring with Copland & Schumann: Musical Awakenings

Conducted by Michael Stern
Saturday, February 11
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Elgar's Loves: Enigma Variations

Conducted by Brett Mitchell
Saturday, February 25
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Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony: Majesty & Poetry

Conducted by Cosette Justo Valdés
Saturday, March 4
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Dvořák & Shostakovich

Conducted by Kensho Watanabe
Saturday, March 18
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Thrill of a Lifetime: A Special Concert for the Future

Conducted by William Eddins & Michael Massey
Saturday, April 15
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Sara Davis Buechner Plays Rachmaninoff 2

Conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Saturday, April 29
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An Ode to Joy: Beethoven's 9th

Conducted by Michael Stern
Saturday, May 6
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Tchaikovsky & Bruch: Romantic Favourites

Conducted by Earl Lee
Saturday, June 10
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Formerly known as Masters Encore, Saturday Classics 1 includes six captivating programs. Hear your ESO perform everything from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 and Copland’s Appalachian Spring to Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade and Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony.

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Events In This Series (7:30 PM)

Bach, Vivaldi & Fireworks: The Joy of Baroque

Conducted by Nicholas McGegan
Thursday, October 13
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Stern Conducts Grieg & Stravinsky: Magical Musical Tales

Conducted by Michael Stern
Saturday, November 5
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Spring with Copland & Schumann: Musical Awakenings

Conducted by Michael Stern
Saturday, February 11
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Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony: Majesty & Poetry

Conducted by Cosette Justo Valdés
Saturday, March 4
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Thrill of a Lifetime: A Special Concert for the Future

Conducted by William Eddins & Michael Massey
Saturday, April 15
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Tchaikovsky & Bruch: Romantic Favourites

Conducted by Earl Lee
Saturday, June 10
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Formerly known as Masters Applause, Saturday Classics 2 includes six thrilling programs. Hear your ESO perform everything from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 to Beethoven’s legendary Symphony No. 9 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

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Events In This Series (7:30 PM)

Trip to Vienna & Prague

Conducted by Dinis Sousa
Saturday, November 19
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Brahms' First Piano Concerto

Conducted by Yaniv Dinur
Saturday, January 21
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Elgar's Loves: Enigma Variations

Conducted by Brett Mitchell
Saturday, February 25
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Dvořák & Shostakovich

Conducted by Kensho Watanabe
Saturday, March 18
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Sara Davis Buechner Plays Rachmaninoff 2

Conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Saturday, April 29
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An Ode to Joy: Beethoven's 9th

Conducted by Michael Stern
Saturday, May 6
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Formerly known as Friday Masters, Friday Classics includes six invigorating programs. Hear your ESO perform everything from Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite to Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music.

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Events In This Series (7:30 PM)

Bach, Vivaldi & Fireworks: The Joy of Baroque

Conducted by Nicholas McGegan
Friday, October 14
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Stern Conducts Grieg & Stravinsky: Magical Musical Tales

Conducted by Michael Stern
Friday, November 4
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Spring with Copland & Schumann: Musical Awakenings

Conducted by Michael Stern
Friday, February 10
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Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony: Majesty & Poetry

Conducted by Cosette Justo Valdés
Friday, March 3
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Sara Davis Buechner Plays Rachmaninoff 2

Conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni
Friday, April 28
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Tchaikovsky & Bruch: Romantic Favourites

Conducted by Earl Lee
Friday, June 9
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Formerly known as Traditional Classics, Thursday Classics features five extraordinary programs. Hear your ESO perform everything from Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 and Elgar’s Enigma Variations to Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony.

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Events In This Series (7:30 PM)

Trip to Vienna & Prague

Conducted by Dinis Sousa
Thursday, November 17
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Brahms' First Piano Concerto

Conducted by Yaniv Dinur
Thursday, January 19
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Elgar's Loves: Enigma Variations

Conducted by Brett Mitchell
Thursday, February 23
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Dvořák & Shostakovich

Conducted by Kensho Watanabe
Thursday, March 16
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An Ode to Joy: Beethoven's 9th

Conducted by Michael Stern
Thursday, May 4
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Formerly known as Sunday Showcase, Robbins Sunday Classics includes five inspiring programs to be enjoyed on Sunday afternoons. Hear your ESO perform everything from Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 “Spring” to Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

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Events In This Series (2:00 PM)

Stern Conducts Grieg & Stravinsky: Magical Musical Tales

Conducted by Michael Stern
Sunday, November 6
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Spring with Copland & Schumann: Musical Awakenings

Conducted by Michael Stern
Sunday, February 12
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Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony: Majesty & Poetry

Conducted by Cosette Justo Valdés
Sunday, March 5
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Thrill of a Lifetime: A Special Concert for the Future

Conducted by William Eddins & Michael Massey
Sunday, April 16
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Tchaikovsky & Bruch: Romantic Favourites

Conducted by Earl Lee
Sunday, June 11
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Formerly known as Perfect Pairings, this popular series has expanded to include four concerts this season! Ideal for the busy classical music fan, these curated concerts are short and sweet, with no intermission. Enjoy music by iconic composers such as Beethoven, Shostakovich, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky. Plus, each ticket includes a complimentary food or beverage item!

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Events In This Series (8:00 PM)

Tchaikovsky & Shakespeare

Conducted by Yaniv Dinur
Friday, January 20
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Elgar & Mystery

Conducted by Brett Mitchell
Friday, February 24
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Shostakovich & Cello

Conducted by Kensho Watanabe
Friday, March 17
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Beethoven & Joy

Conducted by Michael Stern
Friday, May 5
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