Sunday, February 7 [2:00 pm]
Lougheed Centre’s Cargill Theatre
Be part of the excitement: the first appearance of a symphony orchestra in our new Centre! With over 60 instrumentalists on stage, Concordia University of Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of conductor David Hoyt, help to celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death with musical selections from Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” and Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.” And, Camrose’s own Milton Schlosser appears as guest soloist with the orchestra in Robert Schumann’s wildly popular piano concerto.
The Concordia University of Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, under the management of Dr. Joy Berg, presents three concerts annually featuring symphonies, concertos, and overtures from the traditional orchestral repertoire. The concert season showcases guest soloists as well as the full orchestra. The Orchestra’s principal conductor is David Hoyt.
The Concordia University of Edmonton Symphony Orchestra was founded in the fall of 1988 by Dr. Barry Bromley and bassoonist Don Zoell. They recognized the need for a community orchestra to encourage the participation of well-trained amateurs and former professional musicians whose commitment was to play a classical repertoire. Concordia enthusiastically supported this endeavour by promoting the orchestra’s vision and providing the rehearsal and performance facilities.
The first concert of the Concordia College Community Orchestra, as it was then known, was held on January 25, 1989. Thirty-four musicians made up the orchestral complement with John Hong-Youl Kim as concertmaster. Its debut concert, featuring Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, was warmly received. In its second concert on May 10, 1989, a young pianist, Christine Chung, performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4. Since then, concerts have featured promising young student musicians as well as players within the orchestra’s own ranks and a few professional musicians in solo performance. The orchestra continues to grow in strength, maturity and commitment; enthusiasm for its ideals has not waned. Repertoire now ranges from the Baroque to contemporary Canadian music.
Partnering with DiscoverPiano@Augustana and media sponsor CKUA radio network, the Lougheed Centre is proud to present Concordia University of Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on Sunday February 7th @2pm.
The fifth and final concert in the RE/MAX® Classical Series, tickets are on sale now – Adults $18 / Senior (60+) and Students with ID $15. To purchase tickets, visit the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre website at www.camroselive.ca or call the box office at 780-608-2922.