Grades 7 - 12

As your students mature, we provide them with opportunities to experience the orchestra in a format that more closely resembles ESO subscription concerts. Rehearsals are 1.5 – 2.5 hours in length, depending on the rehearsal. Most groups plan to leave after 2 hours.

Open Dress Rehearsals

Catch a sneak-peek of the ESO at work in our Open Dress Rehearsals! Students will gain an inside view of the rehearsal process through a live blog feed broadcasted in the hall throughout the rehearsal, and through an opportunity to ask questions of composers, conductors, or other special guests. Students will be engaged in directed listening and will gain an introduction to the historical context of great contemporary and classical symphonic works. This is the ultimate experience for die-hard musicians!

Bookings will open in early September - check back then to register your class!

Cost: $9/student
One free supervisor may attend for every 10 students. Additional supervisors may attend at $9 each.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 10am
The Four Seasons
ESO Concertmaster Robert Uchida is the soloist for one of the most treasured collections in music – the four entrancing concertos that make up Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.


Friday, November 25, 2016 at 10am
Music of South America
José Luis Gomez conducts music from Latin and South America inspired by European masters. Piazzolla’s concerto salutes Vivaldi, while Villa-Lobos’ Sinfonietta is “in memory of Mozart”. Edmonton’s Andrew Wan, now the Montreal Symphony’s concertmaster, makes a welcome return.


Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10am
Hollywood in Outer Space
Boldly go where no one has gone before with some of the greatest movie scores ever written. The Edmonton Symphony will celebrate all things out of this world, performing excerpts from blockbusters such as the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises, The Rocketeer, Planet of the Apes, Alien, and Cocoon. This will be more fun than the cantina at Mos Eisley.

*Seats available have non-blogging views only.  Students will see the orchestra and the stage, but will not be able to follow along with the live-blog


Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 10am
Bach, Haydn & Schubert
This enchanting program moves us from the Baroque to the early Romantic, with Bach arranged by Mahler adding richness to gems by Marcello, Stamitz, Schubert – and Haydn’s perennial favourite Cello Concerto No. 2. Oboist Suzanne Lemieux and up and coming cellist Marie Coetze join exciting young conductor Ilyich Rivas.


Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm (NOTE evening start time)
A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch: One Singular Sensation
Marvin Hamlish had an unparalleled musical career, winning three Oscars®, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, three Golden Globes – oh yes, and a Pulitzer! From his greatest popular hit The Way We Were to his record-breaking turn with A Chorus Line, Marvin Hamlisch quite literally did it all. Jack Everly honours this musical legend – a man who truly was “One Singular Sensation.” Songs include “Nobody Does It Better,” “The Way We Were,” “What I Did for Love,” along with music from Sophie’s Choice, A Chorus Line, The Sting, Ice Castles, The Goodbye Girl, They’re Playing Our Song, and more.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10am
Immortal Beethoven
An electrifying evening of music from the titan from Bonn. This all-Beethoven night includes the “Triple” Concerto, featuring soloists from the ranks of the ESO, and the radiant Eighth Symphony – a work of optimism and humour by a man who revolutionized music.


*Seats available have non-blogging views only.  Students will see the orchestra and the stage, but will not be able to follow along with the live-blog


Payment Policy

If payment is not received by the payment deadline (one month prior to the concert date), your booking will be cancelled.

Cancellation/Alteration Policy

You are required to provide written notice of cancellation or alteration of your concert booking via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For cancellation, or any alteration that diminishes the number of seats needed, occurring within one month of the concert date, a fee of 50% of the cost of the original booking will be charged. If less than one week’s notice is given, the full cost of the booking will be charged.

No-Show Policy

Refunds will not be granted for groups who do not attend their concert. If possible, arrangements will be made for the group to attend a later concert. In extreme circumstances, partial refunds may be granted at the discretion of the ESO/FWCM.