Symphony Under The Sky
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Under The Sky

Symphony Under The Sky 2020 is now cancelled

A Message From Bob Bob Bernhardt, Conductor

I hope you're keeping well and safe and adjusting to this challenging time in our lives. The approaching gift of beautiful spring weather will be a boost that we all need so much!

If you watched the above video, you know that I’m writing with the disappointing news that the Symphony Under The Sky Festival for 2020, this coming Labour Day, has been cancelled.

It's hard to imagine not gathering in Hawrelak Park together to celebrate the kick-off to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s new season, and our shared love of live symphonic music played so superbly by our beloved ESO in that beautiful space. This has become a wonderful tradition for so many of us, in the audience and on stage. In the best interests of staff and patrons, and in alignment with government advisories for this summer, cancellation of the Festival feels both wise and important, as hugely disappointing as it is.

The ESO wants to assure you that your seats will be held for Symphony Under the Sky 2021. Your seats from 2019 will carry forward, though you will be able to request changes next season as usual.

The Winspear Centre is looking into all available options to see if there's a way to do something equally special to stand in for this year's Symphony Under The Sky. For now, if you've purchased a subscription to Symphony Under The Sky, you have a few options:

  • Donate your tickets back to the ESO.
  • Exchange your tickets into other concerts in the 2020/2021 season.
  • Request a refund.
  • If you have an online account, you can donate your tickets, exchange them into an ESO concert in the 2020/2021 season, or request a refund by clicking the button below.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Box Office team at

Not that anyone was counting, but this was to be my 15th season as the lucky human to conduct our Symphony Under the Sky Festival. I’ll get to celebrate next time! For Nora and me, we cherish our time in Edmonton, and delight as members of the ESO Family. We so look forward to seeing you again soon.

Please take care and stay safe.

Bob Bernhardt

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An ESO Summer tradition, Symphony Under The Sky, returns with beloved conductor Robert Bernhardt. As the kick-off to 2020/2021 season, Symphony Under the Sky reflects the diversity of the entire season and features music from various countries and era. The 2020/2021 season includes favourites from Mozart, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky, The Sounds of Hollywood, and ESO Spotlight where we will be featuring 14 ESO soloists.