Listen... the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is playing

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Music of the night... and day!

It’s hard to believe the ESO concert season has been wrapped up for nearly two weeks. Though the administrative staff of the ESO is certainly enjoying a slightly slower work pace, and we’re filling up our now open evenings and weekends with summer activities, we can’t help but detect the noticeably eerie silence that has begun to resonate between the walls of the Winspear.

Be it in daytime rehearsals or evening performances, the luminous sounds of the orchestra never failed to fill up our offices and the entire building with a powerful musical energy and sense of anticipation. These days, our anticipation secretly lies in the next time that harmonious energy will propel us through the work day… our work not in the Winspear however, but rather amidst the beautiful lush scenery of Hawrelak Park!

Even though summer is just a few days old, many of us are eagerly awaiting the return of Sobeys Symphony Under the Sky, which wraps up the summer festival season here in Canada’s Festival City, Edmonton. Pretty soon, the nighttime and daytime sky high above the Heritage Amphitheatre, will be filled with the echoing sounds of strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion (as in real cannons from the Royal Canadian Artillery!) … may the geese and ducks be duly forewarned as of today!

However, until Labour Day weekend arrives, I suppose I’ll just have to make my own stimulating music… that of lifting the tuneful notes of Suzuki songs for violin off the page and into the (hopefully soundproof) basement of the Winspear. I don’t, afterall, want to de-energize any of my colleagues with my novice performance ability.

Heritage Amphitheatre, home to the ESO during
Sobeys Symphony Under the Sky

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, featuring the the guns and members of the Royal Canadian Artillery


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