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Old 03-05-2012, 09:15 PM   #1
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Default ESO in NYC - GREAT!!!

A great opportunity to listen live on Apple TV Radio : WQXR or on the WEB as the Edmonton Symphony performs live at Carnegie Hall. May 8th Tuesday - 5:30pm Edmonton time (NYC at 7:30pm). Great music over dinner to be sure. Kudos to the ESO and the legion of Edmontonian's going with the ESO to NYC to see it live!!!. I will be here...a bottle of wine and a slow paced dinner listening to my home town Symphony!! (sure wish a few restos would lave it live...I would go out and eat!!)

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http://www.wqxr.org/#!/series/spring-music-2012/
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:07 AM   #2
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A proud moment for Edmonton! A proud moment for the Arts in Edmonton!! Couldn't be more thrilled.

If you have the time in your schedule, support Edmonton's orchestra by attending their Carnegie Hall "dry run" on May 5 at the Winspear. I also was told that CKUA will be broadcasting the New York concert the day after. Either way, bravo to our orchestra!!

Edit: CKUA taped broadcast will be on Wednesday, May 9 during Mark Antonelli’s Classic Examples program (7 pm).
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:16 PM   #3
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I had no idea our symphony toured. Cool.
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:32 PM   #4
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^ no tours recently. However, the ESO embarked on an ambitious tour of Canada's north in 1994. The Northern Lights tour took them to Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Inuvik, with Edmonton native Juliette Kang as soloist. The tour included pops and educational programs as well as classical performances.

Edit: In April 2005 they performed at the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) in the "Alberta Scene" festival, playing the music of five contemporary Alberta composers: Alan Bell, John Estacio, Malcolm Forsyth, Allan Gilliland and Jeff McCune.
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:38 PM   #5
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Edmonton Symphony triumphs in dry run for Carnegie Hall

WILLIAM RANKIN
EDMONTON — Globe and Mail Update
Concert Review Published Monday, May. 07, 2012 8:25AM EDT

The Edmonton Symphony hasn’t been out of Alberta since 1994. This week it’s going to Carnegie Hall.

The ESO is the only Canadian orchestra invited to play in the second Spring for Music Festival in New York May 7 to 12. The ESO plays on Tuesday night. On Friday at Edmonton’s Winspear Centre, the ESO presented the program it will play in New York, one of two weekend dry runs for Edmonton audiences.
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:18 PM   #6
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You can hear it streamed here: http://www.wqxr.org/#!/programs/live...s/2012/may/08/

Write up in the Grope and Flail on Friday's run-through was pretty praise-worthy.
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:04 AM   #7
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Tom Cochrane with the ESO in 1989. My favorite live album (and the recording is killer too)
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:44 PM   #8
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Orchestra lands in New York ahead of show

Instruments posed logistical challenge for symphony
By Elizabeth Withey, edmontonjournal.com

NEW YORK - Jerrold Eilander’s passengers are a delicate bunch. They’re sensitive to cold and damp. They feel every bump, every jolt, require blankets and assistance boarding. Little wonder, given their age. Some are centuries old. At least one predates Mozart.
Eilander, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s operations manager, has spent months making travel arrangements for five double basses, six cellos, two trombones, one violin, one tuba, one French horn, one contrabassoon and one percussion case. The instruments had to be shipped to New York City for the ESO’s Carnegie Hall debut Tuesday at the Spring for Music festival.
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I love the logistics and numbers involved here. Having an orchestra move from point A to point B is interesting for sure!

Very exciting for the ESO!
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Air Canada signs sponsorship deal with Edmonton Symphony

Partnership resulted from Carnegie Hall debut
By Elizabeth Withey, edmontonjournal.com May 10, 2012 12:09 PM

EDMONTON - Air Canada has landed at the Winspear Centre.

The national airline has agreed to a two-year sponsorship deal with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, a direct result of the orchestra’s Carnegie Hall performance on Tuesday.

Air Canada Presents is the new name for the ESO’s series of concert specials, which next season will include Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, The Barenaked Ladies and Blue Planet Live.

The six-figure deal is the orchestra’s largest season sponsorship and will mean contests for symphony-goers as well as special decor in the Winspear on Air Canada performance nights.

“This new major series sponsorship is a direct result of the partnership that was forged for the New York trip,” ESO spokesperson Patti Stewart said Thursday. “We are obviously thrilled.”

The ESO debuted at the famous New York City concert venue on Tuesday night as part of the 2012 Spring for Music festival, a weeklong celebration of unusual classical music programming.

The New York Times reviewed the ESO’s performance, with praise for both the musicians and musical selections.
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Great news for an amazing facility and very talented group of musicians.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:44 PM   #10
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Hope we don't start having people get their seats double-booked, surly service by the "attendants", having to remain in the auditorium in their seats while technicians fix mechanical issues and having shows cancelled at the last minute due to the conductor exceeding his hours.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:44 PM   #11
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^^yep.

I'm usually the first to jump all over AC management- but this time it's to bear hug them!

Loved hearing the ESO adapt to and transcend a great variety. Cudos. NY Times even loved them:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/ar...?_r=1&ref=arts
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