2018-2019 Season

Sunday, October 21 @ 2:00 PM
Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, Camrose

Sunday, October 28, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
South Pointe Community Centre, Edmonton

Orchestra Borealis is excited to begin its ambitious third season with the music of Telemann, Vaughan Williams and Ponchielli. Sunday, October 21 the orchestra plays in Camrose to open the classical series at the Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre. The group returns to Edmonton to perform at South Pointe Community Centre in Edmonton on Sunday, October 28.

The concerts open with the ever-familiar ‘Dance of the Hours’ by Ponchielli followed by Telemann’s lovely viola Concerto in G – a lush 14 minute baroque piece performed by the orchestra’s own Ian Carruthers.

The orchestra’s symphonic offering is the London Symphony by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Heavily revised by the composer, this romantic work has its foundation in English folk music and is meant to be evocative of various settings in London.
The London symphony is a complex and beautiful work engaging the full breadth of the orchestra and is sure to be an audience favourite.

The Program
Ponchielli – Dance of the hours
Telemann – Concerto in G Major with Ian Carruthers, viola
Vaughan Williams – Symphony Nr 2 “London Symphony”

Sunday, February 10, 2019 @ 3:00 PM
South Pointe Community Centre, Edmonton

The Program

Tchaikovsky – Symphony 5

Bizet – L’arlesienne suite 1

Joel Toews –  Ra’ah (ראה)

On Feb 10 Orchestra Borealis will be performing their second concert of the season.
We have been taking a look at the repertoire that will be performed for our audience.

We are now looking at our last piece to be performed: Tchaikovsky ‘s Symphony No. 5
Like the Symphony No. 4, the Fifth is a cyclical symphony, with a recurring main theme.
This theme is used as a device to unify the four movements of the symphony. This motto theme, sometimes dubbed “Fate theme”, has a funereal character in the first movement, but gradually transforms into a triumphant march, which dominates the final movement

This work was composed after a fairly productive compositional period and Tchaikovsky was worried that he had exhausted his creative abilities. Thanks to his perseverance this symphony has proven Pyotr Tchaikovsky to be one of the romantic eras finest composers.

Sunday, April 28, 2019 @3:00 PM
South Pointe Community Centre, Edmonton

The Program

Debussy, La Mer

Wagner, The Flying Dutchman Overture

Prokofiev, Lieutenant Kije