Listen... the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is playing

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Never mind the why and wherefore

Edmonton Opera's production of HMS Pinafore or The Lass That Loved A Sailor is featured on CBC's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera this weekend - Saturday afternoon, in fact. 1:00 PM, to be exact, except for Atlantic time and Newfoundland, of course.

(Yes, that'll be the ESO you hear providing the orchestral accompaniment.)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Music and Lyrics

This is a bit technical, but cognitive daily has an article about the links between music and learning language.

Perhaps I can start learning French this Sunday...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Boldly going...

Under the category "Guest Artists in the News", George Takei obtained a wedding license yesterday. He is, of course, famous for playing Sulu in "Star Trek: The Original Series" and will be appearing with the ESO in January 2009 for our Sci-Fi spectacular.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Concert gratuit


Since I've now nearly exhausted my knowledge of the French language, I'll switch to English. Melayne, you went to France - any help?

This Sunday afternoon (June 22) at 2PM the ESO is presenting a free concert celebrating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec City. This is a chance to celebrate and experience Québec's history without paying a fuel surcharge, so come on down! (Not to say you shouldn't visit Québec City this year - it should be a blast.)

The concert is FREE (did I mention it was free?) because of support from the Department of Canadian Heritage and National Bank Financial, so we'd like to acknowledge their support. We're also suggesting that you check out The Works after the concert, so conveniently located on our front doorstep, Churchill Square.

And speaking of The Works... guess what everyone, it's summer and the festivals have started! If you'd like to report on your festival experiences this summer, I'd be happy to feature them here on this blog. As you probably know, the ESO caps off the festival season with Symphony Under the Sky, and we're going to let people liveblog right from Hawrelak Park! Keep it in mind - more details will come later.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Rajaton sings ABBA

Rajaton performs the music of ABBA with the ESO on June 10 at 7:30 PM. Here's a little preview:

I'm glad they sang some of their regular repertoire for the video - although it will be exclusively ABBA tomorrow, their own material is amazing and well worth a listen.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Raking it in

From mental_floss, via radio station KUSC, the 10 richest classical composers (adjusted for inflation):

1. George Gershwin
2. Johann Strauss II
3. Giuseppe Verdi
4. Gioachino Rossini
5. George Frideric Handel
6. Joseph Haydn
7. Sergei Rachmaninoff
8. Giacomo Puccini
9. Niccolò Paganini
10. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky