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Ryan Huang, piano

Season Concert #1
The Human Spirit

8 PM | Saturday, October 1, 2022
Pre-Concert talk: 7:15pm

Vivian Fung (Canadian) – Prayer (2020)
Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, S.124
Ryan Huang, piano
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

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Notes about this performance

Vivian Fung’s Prayer speaks to the reliance of faith – from the profound faith in humanity, faith in love, and faith that we will persevere in times of crisis, peril, struggles, and losses. Young virtuoso Ryan Huang showcases the new generation in a dazzling performance of Liszt’s brilliant work. Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony is a journey of darkness to light and symbolizes our struggles, determination, and resolve.

Aaron Schwebel, violin

Season Concert #2
Beethoven & Enigma

8 PM | Saturday, November 5, 2022
Pre-Concert talk: 7:15pm

Larysa Kuzmenko (Canadian) – Fantasy on a Theme of Beethoven (2020)
Beethoven – Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Aaron Schwebel, violin
Elgar – Enigma Variations, Op. 36

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Notes about this performance

Ukrainian-Canadian composer Larysa Kuzmenko composed her Fantasy of a Theme of Beethoven for the Calgary Philharmonic, a short, ingenious theme and variations based on his First Symphony. Concertmaster of the National Ballet, the dynamic Aaron Schwebel infuses the adored Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with joy and optimism, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations are a collection of portraits and tributes to his friends and family and serves as a celebration of community spirit.

Season Concert #3
Stories of the Season

8 PM | Saturday, December 17, 2022
Pre-Concert talk: 7:15pm

Rimsky-KorsakovChristmas Eve Suite
Andrew Balfour (Cree) – Pyotr’s Dream (2019)
BizetFarandole from L’Arlesienne
Waldteufel – Les Patineurs, Op. 183
Victor Herbert – March of the Toys from Babes in Toyland
Tchaikovsky – Prayer from Orchestral Suite No. 4, Op. 61 Mozartiana
Sibelius – Andante Festivo
Robert WendelLittle Bolero Boy
Holcombe – Festive Sounds of Hanukkah
and other classic favourites!

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Notes about this performance

Infused with the spirit of the holidays, storytelling through different lenses, and evoking winter scenes, this varied program features the spirited and rarely performed Christmas Eve Suite by Rimsky-Korsakov and Cree composer Andrew Balfour’s Pyotr’s Dream, and guides us through some popular favourites and new twists on traditional works. Truly a program for the whole season, and something for everyone.

Graham Lord, Clarinet

Season Concert #4
A Nordic Affair

8 PM | Saturday, February 11, 2023
Pre-Concert talk: 7:15pm

Grieg – Peer Gynt: Suite No. 1, Op. 46
Nielsen – Clarinet Concerto 
Graham Lord, Clarinet
Sibelius – Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

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Notes about this performance

This Nordic program is an orchestral powerhouse. Grieg’s Peer Gynt sets the stage for storytelling through Norwegian fairy tales and timeless music. The Nielsen concerto, a staple of the woodwind repertoire, is under-performed with orchestra yet is a vividly colourful and vibrant work. Sibelius’ Second Symphony is a symphonic giant, allowing for the flow and textures of the orchestra to be explored, developed, and challenged in a largescale and grand manner.

Season Concert #5
Apotheosis of the Dance

8 PM | Saturday, April 15, 2023
Pre-Concert talk: 7:15pm

Emily Doolittle (Canadian) – …and some fireworks (2007)
Massenet – Le Cid: Ballet Music
Strauss, Jr. – Wiener Blut, Op. 354
Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

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Notes about this performance

This program is dedicated to music inspired by dance. Nova Scotia-born Emily Doolittle’s “…and some fireworks” explores inventive takes on folk jigs, airs, and reels. Le Cid is a wildly colourful yet rarely performed ballet suite, and Strauss’ Vienna Blood will allow the orchestra to shine with vivid imagery. Premiered in Vienna, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is a sparkling array of flowing textures and endless dance rhythms. Richard Wagner declared this symphony the “apotheosis of the dance.”

Rachel Mercer, cello

Season Concert #6
Grand Finale:
Elgar’s Passion & Brahms’ Splendour

8 PM | Saturday, May 27, 2023
Pre-Concert talk: 7:15pm

Elgar – Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Rachel Mercer, cello
Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

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Notes about this performance

A grand finale with two symphonic masterpieces. Elgar’s Cello Concerto is one of the most lush and romantic concerti in the repertoire. As well as being Principal Cellist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Rachel Mercer is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician and she will bring the Elgar to life with her passionate playing. Brahms Symphony No. 2 is considered the most joyous and positive of all his symphonies, and gives a clear and decisive opportunity for the orchestra to perform with great strength and musicality. A fitting finale to a tremendous season of music making.

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