Open Dress Rehearsals

For Grades 7 - 12 | 2022/2023 Registrations Open Now

Catch a sneak peek of the ESO at work in our Open Dress Rehearsals! Students gain an inside view of the rehearsal process through a live blog feed broadcast in the hall and through a Q&A with composers, conductors, or other special guests. Students will be engaged in directed listening and gain an introduction to the historical context of great contemporary and classical symphonic works.

This is the ultimate experience for both orchestral newbies and die-hard musicians!

Program length: Approximately 1.5 – 2.5 hours

Classical Mystery Tour: The Best of the Beatles

Thursday, October 27th, 2:00 PM

You’ll get goosebumps when you hear your favourite Beatles songs impeccably performed by your Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. It's so much more than a tribute show – it's like experiencing the Fab Four for the first time. You’ll hear iconic tunes exactly as they were originally performed, including Penny Lane with piccolo trumpet, and Yesterday with guitar and string quartet. From early hits through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of The Beatles like you’ve never heard them: live with the ESO.

Grieg & Stravinsky: Magical Musical Tales

Friday, November 4th, 10:00 AM

The music of Grieg, Ravel, and Stravinsky will spark your imagination as ESO Artistic Advisor Michael Stern and the orchestra share magical, musical stories of birds and fairy tale triumph. Yellowknife composer Carmen Braden has transformed her original string quartet The Raven Conspiracy into a gem for the orchestra. Plus, hear some keyboard magic as Calgary-based pianist Roman Rabinovich makes his ESO debut.

Elgar’s Loves: Enigma Variations

Thursday, February 23rd, 10:00 AM

Elgar’s nearest and dearest inspired his Enigma Variations, which is brimming with amusing and touching portraits of friends, family, and even his faithful bulldog, Dan. British nobility and arching melodies abound in William Walton’s Viola Concerto, featuring ESO Principal Violist Keith Hamm. The program opens with Mendelssohn’s sparkling Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Saint- Saëns’ Organ Symphony: Majesty & Poetry

Friday, March 3rd, 10:00 AM

Resident Conductor Cosette Justo Valdés presents a potpourri of musical gems by Edmonton composer Jeffrey McCune, along with Debussy and Mozart, featuring the ESO’s Principal harpist Nora Bumanis and Principal bassoonist Bianca Chambul. You’ll feel perfectly prepared for the thrilling Organ Symphony of Saint-Saëns, which highlights the power of the Davis Concert Organ.

The Mambo Kings: Hot Latin Nights

Thursday, April 20th, 10:00 AM

The Mambo Kings turn up the heat as they celebrate sizzling music from Cuba, Argentina, Perú, Chile, and the U.S. (especially Puerto Rico!). From the sultry melancholy of a Piazzolla tango and the burning Afro-Cuban rhythms of Tito Puente to the playful musings of Dave Brubeck and unforgettable melodies of The Beatles, the Mambo Kings will be your guide on an orchestral Latin jazz tour of the Pan American experience.

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$10.00 / student
Includes one free supervisor ticket for every 10 student tickets purchased.
Limited number of tickets sold per dress rehearsal.

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

For cancellation, 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 the field trip. If possible, arrangements will be made for the group to attend at a later date. In extreme circumstances, partial refunds may be granted at the discretion of the ESO/FWCM.