Adopt a Player Program

Adopt a Player Program

Edmonton, AB – On Sunday April 30th, students from nine Edmonton elementary schools will take to the Winspear Centre stage to perform their original compositions, created through the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s Adopt-A-Player Program, now in its 20th year.

This annual Sharing Concert is the culmination of three months of collaboration between an “adopted” ESO player, music teachers, and grade 4-6 students. Over time, students and mentors explore the joys of creating and performing their own musical work. Participation in the program is free of charge, and encourages interdisciplinary learning, skill development, and creativity. “Each school was selected in January and classes have been hard at work to compose their own original compositions. Through teamwork, cooperation, discussion, sharing and trial and error, a creative piece emerges,” added Director of Musical Creativity Alison Kenny-Gardhouse.

This year's schools include:
Belgravia School
Caernarvon School
St. Lucy Elementary School
Malcolm Tweddle School
Progressive Academy
École Rio Terrace Schule School
École Bishop Savaryn School
Bannerman School
St. Basil Elementary/ Junior High School

We invite all media to document this event. An opportunity to conduct interviews with program participants will be available after the concert.
Please RSVP to Konstantine Kurelias by Thursday, April 27.

12:15pm – Front doors open and media welcome to arrive.
1:00pm – 1:50pm – Sharing Concert in Enmax Hall.
1:50pm – 2:30pm – Interview opportunities Teaching Artist, Lucas Waldin; Associate Director of Musical Creativity, Alyssa Paterson; and Adopt-A-Player participants.
4:00pm – Refreshments and additional interview opportunities.

About the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra | Francis Winspear Centre for Music:
In its 65th year, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra has taken its place as one of Canada’s foremost orchestral ensembles. Its current roster includes 56 musicians from Canada and around the world performing a wide-ranging repertoire from the great classical masterworks to pops and family concerts. The orchestra is the resident artistic ensemble, the “home team,” of the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, among the best acoustic concert halls in North America.

Media Contact:
Catherine Bangel
For Francis Winspear Centre for Music | Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
c: 780-263-1358