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Monday, June 7, 2010

Marc-André Hamelin plays Shostakovich in the ESO’s 2009-2010 season finale

Classic Landmarks Masters

Marc-André Hamelin plays Shostakovich

in the ESO’s 2009-2010 season finale

Friday, June 11th – 7:30 pm

Saturday, June 12th – 8:00 pm

Edmonton, AB Your Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) concludes its 2009-2010 performance season with Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin displaying his phenomenal technical capacity that places him well above most pianists on the international scene. Music Director William Eddins and Resident Conductor Lucas Waldin lead the orchestra and featured soloist, ESO Principal Trumpet Robin Doyon, through works of rhythmic vitality by Shostakovich, Richard Strauss, Debussy, Gilliland, and Ridout.

"One of the most adventurous and certainly the most courageous pianists of recent times." ~ International Piano Quarterly

Having made his name by boldly exploring unfamiliar terrain for the keyboard, and playing rare, adventurous repertoire, Marc-André Hamelin has turned his attention to established masterworks from the classical and romantic periods. His remarkable interpretation of compositions, along with his unique blend of musicianship and virtuosity, brings forth a sense of freedom and originality in his performances. Mr. Hamelin and Robin Doyon take centre stage for Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings – one of the last works in which the composer felt he had artistic free rein. The combination of energetically brisk piano passages, fanfare-like calls by the trumpet, and urgency of the strings, create a madcap cascade of colourful figures.

Richard Strauss’ light and exuberant Burleske for Piano and Orchestra will also feature Mr. Hamelin. Given the term “burleske” translates as “farce”, this popular work thrives from a sly humour that lurks beneath an elegant layer of orchestral colour. The three symphonic sketches of Debussy’s La Mer, offer glimmering sound complexes and a rich depiction of the ocean, and can be considered one of his most admired works. Former ESO Composer in Residence Allan Gilliland’s Shadows and Light - a 2000 ESO Commission, plus Godfrey Ridout’s high-spirited Fall Fair – a CBC commission for a United Nations concert in New York, complete the program.

Stay after Friday’s concert for Afterthoughts, our popular and casual post-concert discussion in the Main Lobby with Bill Eddins, Marc-André Hamelin, Robin Doyon, Lucas Waldin, and Allan Gilliland. Arrive early on Saturday forSymphony Prelude with D.T. Baker – 7:15 pm in the Upper Circle (Third Level) Lobby – to gain detailed insight into the program of music that will be heard.

Marc-André Hamelin plays Shostakovich will be recorded for broadcast on CBC’s In Concert, with host Bill Richardson. In Concert can be heard every Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on CBC Radio Two, 90.9 FM in Edmonton. The air-date will be announced on our website, EdmontonSymphony.com, once confirmed.

Ticket prices for this performance range from $20 – $69 (agency fees apply). Tickets are available through theWinspear Centre Box Office at (780) 428-1414, toll-free 1-800-563-5081, or purchase online at EdmontonSymphony.com.

These are the final performances of the Classic Landmarks Masters series and of the ESO’s 09-10 season. Bill Eddins welcomes one of Canada’s most gifted violinists, Corey Cerovsek, in our 2010-11 Masters series opener,Mozart’s “Turkish” Concerto, on September 25th, 2010.

Thank you to our title sponsor Classic Landmarks Master Builder, performance sponsors Lexus of Edmonton andJoyce McDonald Memorial Fund, series sponsor CKUA Radio Network, and season sponsors CBC and theEdmonton Journal.

Sponsorship inquiries can be directed to Marc Carnes, Director of Community Relations, at (780) 401-2518.

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, marking its 58th season in 2009-2010, has taken its place as one of Canada's foremost orchestral ensembles. Its current roster includes 56 musicians from Canada and around the world, performing a wide-ranging repertoire from the great classical masterworks to pops and children's concerts. The presence of the orchestra and its enrichment of the community's quality of life are key elements in the stature and profile of Edmonton on the national and international scene.

Biographies

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin’s unique blend of musicianship and virtuosity brings forth interpretations remarkable for their freedom, originality, and prodigious mastery of the piano’s resources. Long known for his bold exploration of unfamiliar pianistic terrain, Mr. Hamelin has increasingly turned his attention to the established masterworks of the piano literature, in performances and recordings of the piano sonatas of Haydn, major works by Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, and others. 2009-2010 season highlights include dates with the Boston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Montréal, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, and recitals for the La Jolla Music Society, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, San Francisco Performances, Wigmore Hall in London, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

Other recent appearances include a series of dates at New York City’s Lincoln Center, featuring chamber concerts with Midori, and Haydn and Mozart concerti with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; an international tour and recording with the Takács Quartet; the season-opening recital of the Aspen Music Festival, and more. Mr. Hamelin has made recital appearances for the Celebrity Series of Boston, Chicago Symphony Presents, and WPAS in Washington, D.C., and has performed in concert with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Saint Louis Symphony. Mr. Hamelin has recorded more than 35 CDs for Hyperion, and has received eight Grammy nominations. He records the Strauss Burleske and Max Reger Piano Concerto with the Berlin Radio Symphony for Hyperion this season. A resident of Boston, Mr. Hamelin was presented with a lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Association, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Mr. Hamelin last appeared with the ESO in January 2008.

A native of East Angus, Québec, Robin Doyon was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in September 2008. He received his Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Classical Interpretation at the University of Montréal with Jean-Luc Gagnon. He has studied with many masters of the trumpet, including Allen Vizzutti, Jens Lindemann, and James Thompson. In 2002, he was Laureate of the National Music Festival, the Montréal Symphony Orchestra Competition, and the Radio-Canada Young Artists Competition.

Mr. Doyon has also been the recipient of numerous other prizes, including the 2007 prix avec Grande Distinction from the Montréal Conservatory of Music. He has been a member of the Grand Ballet of Canada Orchestra and is a regular performer with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Laval, Longueuil, and the Metropolitan orchestras. He also performed with the Contemporary Ensemble of Montréal and the Contemporary Music Society of Québec. Robin Doyon was also a Professor at the University of Sherbrooke.

Mr. Doyon last appeared as a soloist with the ESO in January 2010.

The 2009/10 season marks the first for Lucas Waldin as Resident Conductor for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. This mentorship position is made possible through the Canada Council for the Arts. Mr. Waldin graduated in 2006 from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Masters in Conducting. He has performed with L'Orchestre du Festival Beaulieu-Sur-Mer (Monaco), Staatstheater Cottbus (Brandenburg), and Bachakademie Stuttgart. Lucas was assistant conductor of the contemporary orchestra RED (Cleveland), director of the Cleveland Bach Consort, and a Discovery Series Conductor at the Oregon Bach Festival. In 2007, he was invited to conduct the Miami-based New World Symphony Orchestra in masterclasses given by Michael Tilson Thomas. In Lucerne in 2009, he also participated in a masterclass led by Bernard Haitink, with the Lucerne Festival Strings.

A native of Toronto, Lucas Waldin has spent summers studying in Europe, including studies at the International Music Academy in Leipzig, the Bayreuth Youth Orchestra, and the Acanthes New Music Festival in France. On this continent, he has studied under the renowned Bach conductor Helmut Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival, and has attended conducting masterclasses with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto. Mr. Waldin received a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the Cleveland Institute, studying with Joshua Smith.

Under Music Director William Eddins’ charismatic and energetic direction, the Edmonton Symphony has attained a level of musicianship and profile in the community it has rarely achieved. He has conducted performances in nearly every subscription series the ESO has presented, as well as a wide variety of special concerts and galas.

Bill’s musical life began at age five when his parents bought a Wurlitzer Grand piano at a garage sale. He attended the Eastman School of Music, graduating at age eighteen, making him the youngest graduate in the history of the institution. He also studied conducting with Daniel Lewis at the University of Southern California. Previous positions include a five-year tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland) and as Resident Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Bill Eddins continues to pursue many varied interests, both personally and professionally. While conducting has been his principal pursuit, he continues to perform on piano in Edmonton and elsewhere. He recently built a state of the art recording studio and has begun work on a series of chamber music recordings. He blogs regularly oninsidethearts.com and has done a series of podcasts called Classical Connections available at williameddins.com.

Committed to his leadership of the ESO, Mr. Eddins accepts a limited number of guest appearances elsewhere. He led a highly-acclaimed production of Porgy and Bess for Opéra de Lyon in June 2008, which he will reprise during the summer of 2010. His latest recording, of American music for Cello and Piano, has been released on the Naxos label.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Bill currently resides in Minneapolis with his wife Jen, a clarinetist, and their two boys, Raef and Riley.

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