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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Reason #34 for a carbon fibre cello

The CBC reports on extreme cello.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Definitely not too late for a concert preview

We're just over 5 weeks away from another installment of Sobeys Symphony Under the Sky! SSUTS (as it will herein be known on this blog) marks the end of our summer here at the ESO, and the start of the new season, so we're trying to avoid thinking about it just too much; nevertheless, each week I'll give a little preview of one of the concerts.

The festival runs labour day weekend, from Friday, August 29 to Monday, September 1. The first one I'm going to preview is in fact the Sunday night show, Classical Mystery Tour. It's the music of the Beatles, with orchestral transcriptions right from the albums - need I say more? I needn't, but I will anyways. Last time these guys performed with the ESO in June 2007, they got a huge response from the audience, and the ticket sales for the upcoming concert reflect that - in other words, if you want a reserved seat under the tent at Hawrelak, buy right now! If you want to sit on the grass... it's still a good idea to buy right now!

Ron Spigelman at Sticks and Drones recently blogged about conducting the same show in Syracuse, and had great things to say. You should also check out the Classical Mystery Tour website, which has a list of songs you're likely to hear... but do you really need more convincing?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

It's never too early for a concert preview...

James Ehnes has an upcoming CD/DVD release featuring performances on the instruments of the Fulton Collection. You can check out a video preview on Youtube here. In the clip he's playing Wieniawski's Etude-Caprice Op. 18 No. 4, and as it happens, he'll be performing a different Wieniawski piece in June 2009 with the ESO. Here's Chuanyun Li performing the piece Ehnes will be playing with us... and now you've got an idea of what next June's concert will be like!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Hockey Night In Canada Theme

The search is on for the CBC's new Hockey Night in Canada theme. Former ESO Composer in Residence John Estacio has joined the mass of submissions in hopes to become engrained in hockey fan's minds for years to come. Take a listen and let us know what you think!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

So that's why...

Via CBC, a CT scan for a Stradivarius violin has revealed a possible reason behind its sound.