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

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.

**This performance has sold out**

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.