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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

On June 9th, Bike to the Symphony with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra through some of Edmonton’s most scenic streets

Edmonton, AB (June 3rd, 2014) – On Friday night, dozens of cyclists will ride together through some of Edmonton’s most scenic streets to reach what’s perhaps initially regarded as an atypical destination: the Winspear Centre.
June 9th, 2014 will mark the fourth year the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) and Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ Society (EBC) have joined to present Bike to the Symphony, an event made possible this year by ATB Financial.
Christopher Chan, the EBC’s Executive Director, hopes events of this type will continue to alter preconceptions regarding biking as a transportation choice. “I love going to the symphony and I also love cycling, and I thought this event would be a great way to have a little bit of fun,” explains Chan. “I also think it demonstrates that you can bike to work or you can bike to a concert, all while wearing anything you want, and it doesn’t have to be a big deal.”
This year’s route will take participants along Whyte Avenue, across the High Level Bridge, and down 102nd avenue right to the Winspear’s doors. The ESO’s Music Director, William Eddins, will host the evening’s performance of Late Night Bernstein, a concert which celebrates the music of one of the most acclaimed American composers and conductors: Leonard Bernstein. The program will include music from Candide, On the Town, and West Side Story, amongst others, and features award-winning vocalist Mela Dailey For several ESO musicians and Winspear staff members, cycling is a main mode of transportation–even with expensive instruments in tow. As year-round rider Lucas Waldin, the ESO’s Enbridge Community Ambassador and Artist in Residence shares, biking has “always been a part of the ESO culture. This event is a wonderful opportunity not only to work with EBC, but to also raise awareness of how many people do commute. We’re able to let the city of Edmonton know how important cycling is to many of us.”
Lucas Waldin, William Eddins, and Christopher Chan will join cyclists on Friday night, and will be
available for interviews. Tickets cost $24, plus service charges, and are available by calling the
Winspear Centre box office at 1-800-563-5081, or visiting www.edmontonsymphony.com.
Additional information regarding the event can be found at www.edmontonbikes.ca/symphony.

Bike route and schedule of events:
7:30pm – Da Capo
Free espresso
8:30pm – Group ride from BikeWorks South (8001 – 102 st) to Winspear Centre
A monitored, secure bike parking area will be available.
9:30pm – Late Night with Bill Eddins
Music by Leonard Bernstein

About the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and William Eddins:
The ESO’s current roster includes 56 local and international musicians, performing repertoire ranging from classical masterworks to pops and children’s concerts. As one of Canada’s leading orchestral ensembles, it provides community enrichment to help raise Edmonton’s profile. This is the ESO’s 62nd season and the 9th year under the leadership of Music Director William Eddins. While conducting has been Eddin’s principal pursuit, he also accepts a limited number of guest appearances as a pianist, each year. He recently completed building his own recording studio at his home in Minneapolis, where he lives with his wife and two sons. To learn more, please visit www.edmontonsymphony.com

About the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ Society
The Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ Society is a non-profit organization that was established in
1980. It exists to promote cycling in Edmonton, in all of its forms. www.edmontonbikes.ca.

About Mela Dailey, soprano
As the winner of competitions sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs, Metropolitan Opera, New York University, Gerda Lissner Foundation, Downbeat magazine, and Connecticut Opera Guild, and finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Mid-South Region, American Traditions Competition, International Opera Singer Competition, and Career Bridges Grant Awards with the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, Inc., Mela Dailey has command of both her instrument and the stage. Ms. Dailey has received recognition in a wide variety of musical genres including opera, oratorio, art song, musical theatre, vocal jazz, gospel, country, and popular music. Ms. Dailey made her professional debut at Carnegie Hall in 2003 with the Grammy nominated Conspirare Company of Voices directed by Craig Hella Johnson.

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