Culture Days

Join us for music performances, dance presentations and workshops, in a variety of traditional styles. Get a look behind the scenes with tours of your beautiful Winspear Centre for Music. Come for the events of your choice, or enjoy the entire two days of family friendly activities.

Alberta Culture Days is about discovering, experiencing and celebrating our unique blend of people and passions, and the importance of culture to a healthy and vibrant province.

All Culture Days Events are Free and Open to the Public

Friday, September 28

Farhad Khosravi Ensemble

11:15am – 12:15pm
Lobby – Main Floor


To kick of our Culture Days Weekend, Edmonton Music Award nominee, composer, and performer Farhad Khosravi will perform his debut album titled "Sleeping in Sorrow" on santur (Persian dulcimer) accompanied by vocalist Roya Yazdanmehr, ESO violinist Neda Yamach, cellist Amy Nicholson, and Daniel Stadnicki on percussion. The album is about the struggles and challenges that the victims of child labour go through. The majority of the album is originally composed and arranged in the genre of Persian classical and world music with an inclination towards contemporary Persian music.

http://www.farhadkhosravi.com/

Winspear Completion Project Presentation

12:15pm – 12:30pm
Lobby – Main Floor

Winspear completion exterior view

Bi-Lingual Winspear Tour (Jeffory)

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Start @ Lobby – Main Floor (Donor Wall)

Join us for engaging backstage tours of Edmonton’s distinguished concert hall. Learn the fascinating details embedded in its walls, and hear the majesty of the Davis Concert Organ – the largest of its kind in Canada. In order to ensure an educational and enjoyable experience for all, our tours are designed for audiences of all ages. Friday afternoon’s tour will be presented in Canada’s two official languages.

Mozart & Bruckner

8:00pm – 10:00pm
Concert Hall


Mozart’s final concerto, Bruckner’s final symphony—works inspired by the unexpected and the divine. James Campbell, our clarinet soloist is from Leduc—a dear friend of the ESO.

https://www.winspearcentre.com/tickets/events/eso/2018/mozart-and-bruckner/

Saturday, September 29

Building Tour After Completion Presentation

10:00am – 10:15am
Lobby – Main Floor

Winspear completion exterior view

EPL Story Time

10:00am – 11:00am
Concert Hall – Main Floor

EPL Story Time

Edmonton Public Library story time presentation, located in the Beautiful Winspear Concert Hall space. Enter through the hall doors on the left, in the main floor lobby.

Long & McQuade Instrument Petting Zoo

10:00am – 12:30pm
2nd Floor Lobby

Long & McQuade Instrument Petting Zoo

Experienced staff from Long & McQuade and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will provide guidance as guests try out a variety of musical instruments – from the trumpet to the electric guitar and everything in between. No previous musical experience is necessary – whether you're 9 or 99, let's make some music!

La Girandole: Traditional Francophone Dance Workshop

11:00am – 12:00pm
Lobby – Main Floor

Join L’Association La Girandole D’Edmonton for a traditional francophone dance workshop complete with a caller/dancer and live violinist accompaniment! To finish it off, there will be a short 10 minute professional dance duo presentation.

https://www.lagirandole.com/

Dance With Preet: Bhangra Dance

12:15pm – 1:00pm
Lobby – Main Floor

Bhangra Dance

Enjoy and learn some bhangra dance moves to reveal at your next party, wedding, or just at home. This upbeat, festive, Punjabi dance will get you moving.

Davis Concert Organ Tour

1:00pm – 1:30pm
Start @ Lobby – Main Floor (Donor Wall)

Davis Concert Organ

Get a close-up view of the Davis Concert Organ. Launched at a sold-out gala performance on September 14, 2002, the beautiful creation in wood and metal was built by Orgues Létourneau Limitée of St. Hyacinthe, Québec. It features 96 stops, 122 ranks, and 6,551 pipes – a stunning aural as well as visual delight.

https://www.winspearcentre.com/about/about-winspear/davis-concert-organ/

'Fall Sound Carpet' Celebration

1:00pm – 3:00pm
Founders Room

Create a beautiful sound carpet to celebrate the sounds of fall using an array of instruments and found sounds. A new sound carpet is created every 15 minutes.

1:00 | 1:15 | 1:30 | 1:45 | 2:00 | 2:15 | 2:30 | 2:45

Edmonton School of Ballet Performance & Workshop

1:30pm – 2:00pm
Lobby – Main Floor

Edmonton School of Ballet

Come see the students of the Edmonton School of Ballet dance presentation and join in on the fun for a quick creative dance workshop to get your limbs moving!

http://esbdance.com/

Ballet Edmonton

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Lobby – Main Floor

Experience a Ballet Edmonton Pas de Deux performance up close, and stay afterwards for an all-ages barre class workshop.

https://balletedmonton.ca/

Mozart & Bruckner

8:00pm – 10:00pm
Concert Hall


Mozart’s final concerto, Bruckner’s final symphony—works inspired by the unexpected and the divine. James Campbell, our clarinet soloist is from Leduc—a dear friend of the ESO.

https://www.winspearcentre.com/tickets/events/eso/2018/mozart-and-bruckner/

Full Schedule

Friday, September 28

Time Event Location
11:15am – 12:15pm Farhad Khosravi Ensemble
(includes members of the ESO)
Lobby – Main Floor (Donor Wall)
12:15pm – 12:30pm Building Completion Presentation Lobby – Main Floor (Donor Wall)
12:30pm – 1:30pm Bi-Lingual Building Tour Start @ Lobby – Main Floor (Donor Wall)
7:30pm – 10:00pm Mozart & Bruckner Concert Hall

Saturday, September 29

Time Event Location
10:00am – 10:15am Building Completion Presentation Lobby – Main Floor
10:15am – 11:00am Family Building Tour Start @ Lobby – Main Floor (Donor Wall)
10:00am – 11:00am EPL Story Time Concert Hall – Main Floor
10:00am – 12:30pm Long & McQuade Instrument Zoo 2nd Floor Lobby
11:00am – 12:00pm La Girandole: Traditional Francophone Dance
Performance and Workshop
Lobby – Main Floor
12:15pm – 1:00pm Dance with Preet: Bhangra Dance
Performance & Workshop
Lobby – Main Floor
1:00pm – 1:30pm Davis Concert Organ Tour Start @ Lobby – Main Floor (Donor Wall)
1:00pm – 3:00pm ‘Fall Sound Carpet’ Celebration 2nd Floor Lobby – Founders Room
1:30pm – 2:00pm Edmonton School of Ballet: Performance
& Dance Workshop
Lobby – Main Floor
2:00pm – 3:00pm Ballet Edmonton: Pas de Deux Performance
& Barre Dance Workshop
Lobby – Main Floor
8:00pm – 10:00pm Mozart & Bruckner Concert Hall