Edmonton Symphony Orchestra celebrates milestone year
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) celebrated their 60th anniversary by putting on a free concert March 25.
Bill Eddins, music director for Edmonton’s orchestra, was happy to be sharing the long history of Edmonton’s orchestral music with the public at no cost.
“You’re giving back to the community,” said Eddins. “And you’re giving them a sample of everything that’s going on next year.”
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s a win-win situation,” he said.
The performance consisted of several previews from the orchestra’s next season in 2012. Lucas Waldin was a guest conductor for several songs and showcased a compilation of Disney tunes, as well as a trombone-solo version of “Georgia On My Mind”.
Eddins took to playing the more orchestral music from composers such as Brahms and Tchaikovsky. His passion for music came through his movements as he conducted with a scene of delightful enthusiasm.
“It’s beautiful,” said Eddins. “I can’t justify it any other way.”
The crowd was also in agreement with Eddins. Joan, an audience member who did not want her last name published, said she and her friend have been enjoying concerts from the ESO for over 35 years.
“We like to hear it, it’s good music, and it’s well played,” she said. “I think it’s one of Edmonton’s attractions.”
The ESO has also been invited to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City in honor of its 60th season.
As for Eddins, his last six years as a music director have taught him one important lesson about music.
“Live is better, always,” he said.
The Winspear Centre will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in September.