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Hot Event: Symphony Under the Sky

Photo courtesy of the City of Edmonton

This weekend marks the return of one of Edmonton’s favorite annual events — Symphony Under the Sky! From August 31 – September 3 outdoor performances by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) will take place in the beautiful Hawrelak Park.

There are six different performances throughout the weekend, each with a different theme:

The opening concert on Friday night features the music of Mozart, Rossini, and Tchaikovsky. World-renowned pianist Sara Davis Beuchner returns to play with the ESO for the first time since 2009. Ms. Beuchner’s impressive resume includes numerous awards, placements with the world’s top orchestras, and numerous recordings. Beuchner’s strength and passion for her craft is evident in her mesmerizing performances; you will not want to miss this opportunity to hear her play!

Sunday evening’s performance is a showcase of music from popular Broadway shows, featuring the vocal talents of Louise Pitre. Pitre has starred in several theatre performances across North America and Europe, most notably in a Broadway production of Mamma Mia! for which she was nominated for a Tony award. Pitre’s captivating voice will lead the ESO in a string of familiar Broadway hits from plays like Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, and Mamma Mia! 

The final show of this event, on Monday afternoon, combines music and dance as Broadway’s latest up-and-comer Ryan VanDenBoom accompanies a selection of symphonies with his professionally-choreographed tap-dancing skills. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture will be the final selection played at this performance to round out a weekend of fantastic music and entertainment.

From familiar classics to Hollywood hits, the music at any of the six shows is sure to delight audiences of all ages! Program descriptions and schedules for each of the six performances can be viewed here.

Shows start at 7:00 pm nightly; additional matinee performances are on Saturday and Sunday at 2 :00 pm. Parking will be limited so consider taking the free shuttle from the University Stadium Parkade; details on this service can be found here.

Tickets are required for this event; call 780-428-1414 or visit the Winspear Centre’s website to purchase weekend passes or single-event tickets.

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