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Friday, September 5, 2014

Symphony In the City: Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Creates Musical Magic and Memories for thousands of Edmontonians

Edmonton, AB (September 2, 2014) – The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) is still reveling in the warmth from the tremendous support and expressions of affection received from audiences throughout this weekend’s Symphony In the City. Over three days, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra presented a series of free outdoor concerts set in the heart of Edmonton’s downtown and river valley. With the support of title sponsor ATB Financial, and in partnership with the City of Edmonton, the community gathered to experience three evening performances.
“Symphony in the City was an opportunity,” says Annemarie Petrov, Executive Director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. “We took a chance, and the response was beyond our most optimistic expectations.”
Attendance figures far superseded the ESO’s initial goal of attracting thirty thousand people throughout the series of performances. The total estimated attendance for Symphony in the City is 43,500. The estimated attendance for each performance is as follows:
August 29 – 12,000 – Churchill Square
August 30 – 12,500 – Churchill Square
August 31 – 19,000 – Kinsmen Park
“The great thing about Edmonton is that we are audacious, and people here embrace all our city has to offer,” expressed Petrov. “Our community attended the World Triathlon Finals by the thousands, and many of the same people then came to listen to a symphony concert. The overwhelming response to Symphony in the City shows us that people crave high-quality musical experiences.”
“More than one person over the weekend told me that these concerts were a gift to Edmonton,” said Petrov. “But I can sincerely say that the true gift for us at the Edmonton Symphony is that, through music, we were able to bring happiness to so many people in our community.”
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is extremely grateful for the sponsorship support of ATB Financial and the City of Edmonton, along with many other supporters for investing in Symphony in the City. “We could not do this without the support and commitment from our community partners and generous sponsors who work together all year to bring quality concerts like this to all Edmontonians,” says Petrov. “I also want to thank the musicians, staff, and volunteers. There is so much planning and hard work that goes into festivals like these, and our team was nothing short of amazing.”
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On Friday and Saturday evening, “Disney in Concert – Magical Music from the Movies” attracted thousands of families and children of all ages. Set in Chuchill Square, the ESO and a cast of four vocalists put on a spectacular multi-media concert of Disney’s most recognized movie scores.
This concert attracted children of all ages from five to 95 and served as a wonderful way for to introduce children and new audiences to a symphony orchestra and symphonic music.
The ESO took over Kinsmen Park on Sunday with “Celtic Colours with the McDades” as the tempo shifted with an energetic program proving to get toes tapping and hands clapping. The audience was absolutely delighted with the historic lighting of the High Level Bridge during a live concert. This is the first time where lights of the bridge were choreographed to music in a live show. It provided an engaging display of colourful beauty to enhance the emotion of the music being played.
"We were extremely proud and happy to be involved in such a vibrant and charismatic production of our music,” says Solon McDade. “The event captured perfectly the world class creativity and performance ability that Edmonton is the home of; an Edmontonian band, an Edmontonian arranger, performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the foot of one our city's most recognizable monuments, the high level bridge in full electric beauty!"
The outdoor concert experience was capped off with Tchaikovky’s 1812 Oveture, along with the sounds of the infamous cannons and backdrop of fireworks.
“I am so pleased to have been back for my 9th season with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. This festival has provided wonderful and entertaining programs for the entire family, and highlighted exceptional guest artists, and of course and especially, the wonderful ESO” concluded Bernhardt.

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