Friday, December 31, 2010

New Voice Scholarship at the Kiwanis Music Festival

Attention all voice teachers and students - this new scholarship was added too late to be included in the printed material for the 2011 Kiwanis Music Festival in Edmonton, so keep it in mind when you apply!


CLASS NO.- S1031
CLASS FEE- $30.00
1ST PRIZE- 150

BEAMS Music: Ningali & flEm -Travails of Two Cities

Because I can't resist reposting the eclectic messages from our friends at the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society ...

Celine Dion is sucked into a discordant wind tunnel. The pathology of the HAL 9000 computer is further tested in a Japanese video game scenario. And the partisan platitudes of Fox News pundits are skewered in a polyrhythmic environment. 

These suspensions of disbelief comprise part of a set list devised by experimental duo Ningali & flEm. The event also marks the first time the duo has played together since backing up Toronto-based poet Stephen Humphrey in his outfit The Pillaging Mouth more than 15 years ago. 

Hailing from Spruce Grove, AB, Ningali (aka Tricia Boer) left Edmonton in the mid-‘90s for the west coast to pursue a career in music and film. Currently based in Vancouver, she’s played bass with a number of metal and pop acts including Shrines, Tractor and Val Killmore, while her occupation as a sound technician has resulted in several TV and movie stints, working alongside the likes of Ben Affleck, Wesley Snipes, Peter O’Toole, Joshua Jackson, Leonard Nimoy, Cybil Sheppard and a myriad of Playboy starlets. 

Meanwhile, Edmonton native flEm (aka Gene Kosowan) has performed original electroacoustic compositions solo, usually as part of events curated by the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society, and in such experimental acts as Du Plafond, Ukrainian For Butterfly, and Condoleezza Rice Paddies, whose track “Modulate This” emerged in 2008 onto the BEAMS CD Unsound Vol. 2. 

Our esteemed prez and licorice stick dynamo Don Ross plans to have Benny Goodman turn over in his grave when the Rossmeister blends his clarinet disciplines with his electroacoustic wizardry in the opening slot for Ningali & flEm to show us how it's really done. 

Ningali & flEm 
with Don Ross
9pm - ish
Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus
8120 101 St 
Monday January 3, 2011
Price: a measley $5

Monday, December 27, 2010

Concert Listings Dec 27 - Jan 2

Saturday January 1, 2011, 2:30 pm Enmax Hall, Winspear Centre Salute to Vienna

Sunday January 2, 2011 3pm Edmonton Recital Society, Jason Cutmore, piano. Holy Trinity Anglican Church, admission by donation.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

We're on Twitter! "Tweet" us @ClassicalMusEd

Follow Classical Music in Edmonton on Twitter!  Check out all the CME updates on Twitter and on Facebook!  See you in cyberspace!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"Art's Birthday" and BEAMS

Arts birthday is going to be celebrated in Edmonton on Janaury 14, 2011 at the Bohemia Cyber Cafe.

All profits will divided among the artists and BEAMS (Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society).

If you would like to play contact philip jagger at

You can have as long as you want and the theme is ahead of time.  There will also be a hair fashion show to accompany the performers.

Or if you would like to contribute audio or video to the time capsule contact philip as well.

Are you 8 to 16 years old and love to sing? Auditions for Kokopelli in January

Need a Great New Year's Resolution?

At this time of year, we're often looking for a new path to follow or a new hobby to pursue, something that might challenge us and add a bit of fun to our lives. Both our two younger choirs, Shumayela and Kikimasu, welcome interested singers aged 8 to 16 to consider auditioning in January to join us for the rest of the season. These choirs are firmly grounded in the Kokopelli philosophy of sharing and joy in music, with an emphasis on a thorough grounding in musicianship and a commitment to creating an atmosphere that celebrates and welcomes young singers of many stripes -- a particularly important thing for those young people in those 'tween' and teen years.

Interested singers (or their parents!) may contact the choirs' directors to set up an audition.

Kikimasu (rehearses Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. on the south side of Edmonton, singers aged 8 to 12) - directed by Ms. Carmen So (

Shumayela (rehearses Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. on the south side of Edmonton, singers aged 12 to 16) - directed by Ms. Kim Denis (

Our two older ensembles, Kokopelli and Òran, are presently not seeking new altos or sopranos but interested tenors and basses may apply for an audition in the New Year:

Kokopelli (rehearses Mondays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4:15 to 6:30 p.m. at McDougall United Church, singers aged 16-23) - directed by Mr. Scott Leithead (

Òran (rehearses Thursdays from 7:15 to 10:00 p.m. at Edmonton Moravian Church, singers aged 20-40) - directed by Ms. Kathleen Skinner and Mr. Scott Leithead (

Christmas at the Legislature

Concerts, Choirs, and Merriment at the Legislature Building in Edmonton for a full schedule, click here:

Give Tix on the Square for Christmas!

Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert

Salute to Vienna

Enjoy a brilliant cast of over 75 musicians, European singers and dancers, in an uplifting, live performance of favourite Strauss Waltzes, Polkas and Operetta excerpts!

The Strauss Symphony of Canada
András Deák, conductor (Budapest)
Renée Schüttengruber, soprano (Vienna)
Wolfgang Gratschmaier, tenor (Vienna)
Dancers from Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine

Special Edmonton Opera offer valid until December 26, 2010: Only for Edmonton Opera subscribers, Salute to Vienna concert is offering 15% off! Use code word: GALLERY
Winspear Centre (780) 428-1414 or (800) 563-5081

Monday, December 20, 2010

January Concerts

FREE Monday Noon Music UofA every Monday at noon in Convocation Hall.   A different program each week, the Monday Noon Music series features everything from western classical to world music. This quick 45-minute concert leaves you just enough time to get back to class or the office before the noon hour’s even over. Don't forget your lunch!

Saturday January 1, 2011, 2:30 pm Enmax Hall, Winspear Centre Salute to Vienna

Sunday January 2, 2011 3pm Edmonton Recital Society, Jason Cutmore, piano. Holy Trinity Anglican Church, admission by donation.

Friday January 7, 2011 (Time?) Tonus Vivus - Boulez is Alive -Aventa (contemporary music ensemble) Muttart Hall, Alberta College.

Saturday January 8, 2011, 8pm Edmonton Symphony OrchestraEnmax Hall, Winspear Centre. Gregory Vajda, conductor, Dubravka Tomšič, piano. Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2, Dvořák: Symphony No. 6, Coulthard: Canadian Fantasy.

Sunday January 9, 2011 3pm Royal Canadian College of Organists concert series. Gregor Simon (Germany). First Presbyterian Church. Contact Tix on the Square or Arnold Rumond 780-454-3882.

Sunday, January 9, 2011 Northern Alberta Concerto Competition (NACC) Final Round (strings, woodwinds and brass), Muttart Hall, Alberta College, open to public, tickets $10 at the door. Contact the Alberta Registered Music Teachers' Association (ARMTA) for more information.

Sunday January 16, 2011 3pm Robertson-Wesley United ChurchAlberta Baroque Society. Brilliant Baroque: Robin Doyon, Trumpet.Music: Torelli Concerto for Trumpet in D Major, Corelli Concerto Grosso in B Flat Major, Hertel Concerto for Trumpet in D Major, Telemann Tafelmusik Suite III 

Friday January 21 to Saturday January 29, 2011 The Music Man.MacEwan Theatre with performers from the St. Albert Children's Theatre. Book, music and lyrics by Meredith Wilson, John L. Haar Theatre. Contact Tix on the Square for showtimes.

Friday January 21, 2011, 9:30 pm Edmonton Symphony OrchestraEnmax Hall, Winspear Centre. Late Night Percussion: William Eddins, conductor, Colin Currie, percussion. Calgary composer Allan Gordon Bell’s Symphonies of Hidden Fire, Rough Music – a percussion concerto by H.K. Gruber and music by Steve Reich, Per Nørgărd, and Matthias Schmitt.

Saturday January 22, 2011, 8pm Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.Enmax Hall, Winspear Centre. William Eddins, conductor , Colin Currie, percussion. H.K. Gruber: Rough Music: Concerto for Percussion, Stravinsky: The Fairy’s Kiss: Divertimento, Beethoven: Symphony No. 4.

Sunday January 23, 2011 11am Edmonton Opera Brunch: The Abduction from the Seraglio Alberta Ballroom, Crowne Plaza, Chateau Lacombe.

Sunday January 23, 2011 3pm UofA music - MACH 4, Bill Street, saxophone, with friends. Convocation Hall.

Monday January 24, 2011 8pm UofA Department of Music Gala Fundraise, Winspear Centre.

Wednesday January 26, 2011, 7:30 pm Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Enmax Hall, Winspear Centre William Eddins, conductor, Andrew Wan, violin, Charles Pilon, viola. Mozart: Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola, Rossini: Semiramide: Overture, Weber: Oberon: Overture.

Friday January 28, 2011 7pm UofA music - Contempo New Music Ensemble, Convocation Hall.

Saturday, January 29, 2011 8pm Edmonton Chamber Music Society -Tafelmusik (Baroque orchestra on period instruments) Convocation Hall, University of Alberta. C.P.E. Bach, Symphony for strings in B minor, Wq. 182/5, Vivaldi, Concerto for 2 oboes in D minor, RV 535, Lully, Suite from Phaëton, J.S. Bach, Concerto for oboe and violin in C minor, after BWV 1060 

Saturday January 29, 2011 6pm Cosmopolitan Music Society Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre 8426 Gateway Boulevard. Cosmo Luau- Join us for a winter getaway that doesn't take six hours to fly to! A Luau dinner, dancing and frivolity! Be sure to wear your best beach wear! Ticket Information TBA 

Sunday January 30, 2011, 2pm Edmonton Symphony OrchestraEnmax Hall, Winspear Centre. William Eddins, conductor , Gilles Vonsattel, piano (Laureate, 2009 Honens International Piano Competition) and Scott Whetham, tuba. Grieg: Piano Concerto, Vaughan Williams: Tuba Concerto, Rota: Le Molière imaginaire: Suite, Dohnányi: Symphonic Minutes.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Call for Nominations - 2011 Mayor's Celebration of the Arts

Mayor Stephen Mandel and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) are pleased to announce the 24th annual Mayor's Celebration of the Arts on Monday April 11, 2011 at the Winspear Centre for Music.

The Mayor's Celebration of the Arts is an annual event designed to acknowledge and celebrate Edmonton's arts community and partnerships between business and the arts.

Deadline for submissions is January 14, 2011.

Call for Nominations - Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards

Nominations are being accepted for Alberta's next Distinguished Artists Awards.  The Distinguished Artist Awards program gives up to three awards of $30,000 each in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts by Albertans or significant contribution to the arts in Alberta.

Nominations must be submitted to the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation by Thursday January 20th, 2011.

Nominations will be adjudicated by a panel of three non-Alberta artists with an understanding of a broad spectrum of arts disciplines.  As in previous years, the adjudication will be coordinated by the Banff Centre.  The artists chosen by the adjudication panel will receive $30,000 cash, a newly minted medal and the opportunity to spend time at The Banff Centre's Leighton Artists' Colony.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

$20 ESO Tickets for select concerts in January 2011

Perfect musical stocking stuffers from your Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
All seats $20* for select concerts in January *Plus applicable service charges

Offer valid between December 12 – 18, 2010 only

Saint-Saëns’ Second Piano Concerto
Landmark Classic Masters
Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 8:00pm

Slovenian pianist Dubravka Tomšič makes her ESO debut, joining guest conductor Gregory Vajda for the glittering Second Piano Concerto of Camille Saint-Saëns. Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony, a pivotal work of the composer’s emerging maturity, is alive with Czech dance rhythms, and Jean Coulthard’s lush Canadian Fantasy transforms three folk tunes into symphonic splendour.

Thank you to our Landmark Classic Masters series sponsor Landmark Classic Homes, and series media sponsors CBC and CKUA Radio Network.

Late Night Percussion
Late Night with Bill Eddins
Friday, January 21, 2011 at 9:30pm

Renowned percussionist Colin Currie performs the lyrical, yet urgently rhythmic Rough Music – a concerto by the impressive H.K. Gruber. Bill Eddins conducts Calgary composer Allan Gordon Bell’s bristling Symphonies of Hidden Fire along with music by Frank Zappa, Steve Reich, Per Nørgărd, and Matthias Schmitt. Following the concert, guests can stick around for live entertainment and cocktails in the main lobby.

Violin and Viola Midweek Classics
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 7:30pm

The ESO celebrates the eve of Mozart’s 255th birthday with the composer’s lush Sinfonia concertante – a work that features Edmonton-born violinist Andrew Wan and ESO Assistant Principal Viola Charles Pilon. Rossini’s dramatic operatic overture, Semiramide, and Weber’s colourful overture, Oberon, will also be performed by your ESO under the direction of Bill Eddins.

Thank you to our Midweek Classics series sponsor Espace Musique.

Grieg’s Piano Concerto
Sunday Showcase
Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 2:00pm

Swiss pianist Gilles Vonsattel, winner of several major piano competitions and laureate of Canada’s Honens Competition, makes his ESO debut performing Edvard Grieg’s only piano concerto. ESO Principal Tuba Scott Whetham plays a lighthearted heavyweight – Vaughan Williams’ surprisingly agile Tuba Concerto. Dohnányi’s Symphonic Minutes, a tuneful and skillfully orchestrated work yet groundbreaking in style, completes the program.

Thank you to our Sunday Showcase series sponsors CKUA Radio Network and Edmonton’s Child Magazine.

From December 12 - 18, 2010, all tickets for the above listed concerts are $20 (plus applicable service charges). Purchase online at or through the Winspear Centre Box Office, (780) 428-1414 or toll-free 1-800-563-5081.