Fall 2021 ESO
Fall 2021 • Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
This Fall marks the return of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) to the Winspear stage, as well as Chief Conductor Alexander Prior’s fifth and final season with the orchestra. We are thrilled to reconnect with you through the power of live music and shared experiences.
The Fall season will include Great Symphonies, a series full of classical favourites including some of the most iconic works from Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Haydn, and Shostakovich. The beloved Pops series returns, with popular Latin tangos and romances, as well as memorable tunes like “The Blue Danube” and Gershwin’s Swanee. Symphony For Kids concerts, designed to delight and educate younger audiences and families through a cherished tale, Peter and the Wolf. The New Music series launches, presenting concerts that reflect our time and world with music by today’s most inventive and expressive composers. And, of course, there will be some special surprises along the way.
As we open our doors again, the health and safety of our patrons, musicians, and staff remain our top priority. To learn more about our health and safety guidelines, click here.
Haydn, Bach & WagnerAlex Prior, Conductor
Robert Uchida, Violin and Leader
Eric Buchmann, Violin
How to begin anew? With music by Bach. The poignant slow movement of his concerto, featuring Concertmaster Robert Uchida and Associate Concertmaster Eric Buchmann, serves as a prelude to Wagner’s affectionate idyll, a gift to his wife and newborn child. The first of the season’s great symphonies by the man known as “Papa Haydn” is his final symphony, a masterpiece of amiable and high-spirited orchestral expression.
Beethoven, Vivaldi & ShostakovichAlex Prior, Conductor
Robert Uchida, Leader
Rafael Hoekman, Cello
Julie Hereish, Cello
Principal Cello Rafael Hoekman and Assistant Principal Cello Julie Hereish step out to play Vivaldi’s dramatic and emotionally charged concerto, music that has long fascinated cellists and thrilled audiences. Beethoven’s majestic overture, full of grand melodies and striking gestures, receives its long overdue Edmonton Symphony premiere. Shostakovich spoke of the “light and sunny mood” of his 9th symphony, a joyous work in which various instruments also seem to interrupt each other, grieve, argue, and ultimately celebrate.
Mozart & TrumpetAlex Prior, Conductor
Robert Uchida, Leader
Frédéric Payant, Trumpet
Mozart’s dazzling mastery of symphonic form reached its pinnacle with his well-known Symphony No. 40, the G minor. An early Italian sonata for strings and baroque trumpet featuring soloist Assistant Principal Trumpet Frédéric Payant and late-romantic incidental music inspired by the forbidden love of Pelléas and Mélisande provide exquisite contrast in this wide-ranging showcase of the orchestra.
Tangos, Romance, and Jealousy
Spicy Latin rhythms from around the globe evoke sunny, sultry destinations where passions flare and so does the music. With solo touches by ESO musicians, this exotic evening of popular tunes will be easy on the ears and familiar to one and all. This exotic evening is led by ESO Assistant Conductor Cosette Justo Valdés.
Rivers Wide: Swanee to sîpiy (ᓰᐱᕀ)
From the Red River to the North Saskatchewan, from the great Mississippi to the majestic Danube, rivers are the lifeblood of communities and cultures. Join your ESO as we float downstream on some of the world's most iconic waterways with music such as the Blue Danube Waltz, Shenandoah, and Gershwin's Swanee. Canada's own rivers and lakes are celebrated through a variety of traditional melodies, songs by Indigenous composers, and performances by award-winning spoken word artist Brandon Wint.
Discover music by seven living composers whose art evokes the experiences and perspectives of our time with unique orchestral soundscapes. The program includes music by Gabriela Lena Frank, Vivian Fung, Anna Clyne, Kati Agócs, Evelin Ramon, Erin Rogers, and Amelia McLeod, as well as poetry recited by Edmonton’s new Poet Laureate, Titilope Sonuga.
Peter and the Wolf
Peter and the Wolf is a wonderful tale of a child outsmarting his foe to save a friend. Based on Sergei Prokofiev's treasured musical fable, our guest storyteller will lead the legend while the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra illustrates with ESO Assistant Conductor Cosette Justo Valdés.
Peter and the Wolf concerts will feature distanced seating of 2 metres.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.