RSVPs are now closed for this event but walk ins are welcome and will be seated in order of arrival once all registered guests have been seated.
C'mon Festival is Pay-What-You-Can At The Door (Cash Only).
After a two-year, pandemic-induced hiatus, Edmonton’s innovative classical music event, the C’mon (Chamber music old & new) Festival is excited to reconnect with its audience. Returning to the Winspear Centre this summer from July 14 - 17, the festival is pleased to continue its policy of “pay what you can.” The C’mon Festival presents Edmonton’s finest professional musicians - many from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) - in a relaxed atmosphere, performing “seriously fun classical music.”
The vibe of the C’mon Festival is casual, eclectic, full of surprises - from the great beauty and emotional intensity of Fanny Mendelssohn’s Romanze to the baroque-flavoured quirkiness of (Pulitzer Prize-winning composer) Caroline Shaw’s Boris Kerner (featuring the haunting tones of clayflower pots). The festival is thrilled to present Julia Wolfe’s Blue Dress- this Appalachian folk-flavoured music inspired a whole program for violins around this powerful piece. There’s a generous dollop of genre-blurring in master jazz artist Wynton Marsalis’ writing for the bassoon. And the fabulous Blue Danube festival finale returns!
In addition to the festival’s three main programs (July 15 and 16 at 7:30 pm, July 17 at 3pm), there will be a noon hour preview concert on July 14 with two-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion Daniel Gervais and festival favourite, violinist Alissa Cheung of the Montreal-based Bozzini Quartet. Following Saturday’s concert is an extra, late night set, showcasing improvised sounds by percussionist Mark Segger and Alissa.
Artistic director Kathryn Macintosh, also the assistant principal trombonist of the ESO, is really looking forward to this year’s festival. “The last couple of years have been a challenging time for so many people. I’m glad we can finally enjoy an in-person festival. There’s nothing like live music to help us feel rejuvenated and connected to each other, for musicians and audience alike”.
Program to include:
H. K. Gruber b. 1943 Three MOB Pieces (1968, rev. 1977)
1. Patrol: tempo di bossa nova
2. After Heine: medium beat
3. Verse: soft medium rock
Alessandro Rolla (1767-1841) Duetto op.15 no. 3
Alissa Cheung b.1985 Analogia (2012)
Kalush Orchestra arr. Claude Lapalme Stephania (2022)
Caroline Shaw b.1982 Boris Kerner (2012)
Mark Segger b.1981 One Note (2014)
Johann Strauss Jr (1825-1899) arr. Claude Lapalme The Beautiful Blue Danube
Program subject to change.
Artists:Alissa Cheung, Violin
Ewald Cheung, Violin
Ethan Filner, Viola
Nicholas Yee, Cello
Rob Spady, Clarinet
Matthew Howatt, Bassoon
Kathryn Macintosh, Trombone
Mark Segger, Percussion