“It’s so thrilling”: ESO makes return to live performances at the Winspear

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This concert also features as a guest Edmonton’s Historian Laureate, Métis multi-disciplinary artist Amber Paquette.

The third October concert (repeated every day, Sunday, Oct. 25 through Oct. 31, various times) sees the return of the ESO’s Chief Conductor, Alexander Prior. It’s an all-Italian concert, ranging from Respighi’s ever-popular Ancient Airs and Dances, through orchestral arrangements of Puccini, to that unforgettable classic, Nino Rota’s music for the Godfather movie series.

Prior is excited to be back in the hall. “As you may know, many musicians of the ESO have over the summer been tirelessly performing out-of-doors around Edmonton, spreading the joy of music. But now it’s so thrilling to be returning to our beautiful Winspear. Although we can’t yet stage the full orchestra, it’s wonderful to see a larger ensemble back in the hall.”

The ESO, recognizing that COVID circumstances could change rapidly, are announcing the schedule month by month, and will soon release the November plans.

Meanwhile, the orchestra and the Winspear have introduced a new membership scheme especially for this concert season, to make tickets easier to get hold of, and to give the organization some continuity in box office earnings.

Membership allows concert-goers to reserve up to four tickets per concert, for a maximum of 15 seats (Gold Membership) or 10 seats (Silver Membership) each month before single tickets are available.

The ESO has also started a series of Zoom online Music Appreciation courses, with the orchestra’s resident musicologist, D.T. Baker, and its assistant conductor, Cosette Justo Valdés. Each course has eight 75-minute classes and costs $99.

The Music of Latin America starts on Oct. 19, and The Story of the Orchestra on Nov. 10.

But right now the story of the orchestra is quite simple. It’s back!

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