“The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s 2019/2020 season looks to be an inventive and exciting one,” writes Mark Morris in Thursday’s (3/14) Regina Leader-Post (Canada). “There is a sensible balance between major popular works of the repertoire, alluring works from the 20th century, a healthy selection of newer Canadian music, and in particular a wide and welcome representation of women composers. The ESO have given a theme to the season, calling it ‘Indistinguishable.’ That, of course, is the title of Nielsen’s magnificent Symphony No. 4, which chief conductor Alexander Prior will be conducting…. Other not-to-miss concerts include Prior conducting Shostakovich’s exciting Symphony No.11 ‘The Year 1905’ [and] the American composer Missy Mazzoli’s expressive River Rouge Transfiguration, inspired by Ford’s huge Detroit automobile plants.” Among works by living composers will be Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral, Grażyna Bacewicz’s Sinfonietta, Sofia Gubaidulina’s Concordanza for 10-piece ensemble, Kaija Saariaho’s Ciel d’hiver, and Anne Clyne’s This Midnight Hour. Works by Canadian composers will include Vivian Fuch’s A Child’s Dream of Toys, John Estacio’s I Lost My Talk, Alexina Louie’s Music for a Celebration, Jocelyn Morelock’s My Name is Amanda Todd, and Nicole Lizée’s La terre a des maux, the latter with a text by Algonquin-Quebecois rapper Samian.
Posted March 18, 2019