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2016 Summer Solstice Music Festival

June 2016

In this Issue:

Summer Solstice Music Festival | June 20-28, 2016
Introducing Allen Jacobson: Managing Director
ECMS 2016/17 Season

ECMS Summer Chamber Music Festival

The final touches are being put on the Festival — a post-concert reception on Opening Night, young musicians preparing a pre-concert event on closing night, and volunteers organizing to provide rides, Front of House services and ticket sales at the concert doors.

This is a gentle reminder to our members, subscribers, partners and friends that our annual Summer Solstice Music Festival begins on June 20 and continues until the 28th.

What better way to celebrate this time of year than with some truly memorable concerts presented by remarkable international and local artists?

Convocation Hall, All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral and the Yellowhead Brewery are the venues for this year’s concerts. Each venue provides for a very special and unique concert setting. The Yellowhead Brewery will be perfect for “rubbing elbows” with the performers … something you’ve always wanted to do.

From Mozart, Haydn and Ravel, A Night at the Opera with both vocal and instrumental performances, to Matt Haimovitz’s pioneering cello excursions — these nine days really offer a chance to explore the great diversity of chamber music. ESO’s concertmaster Robert Uchida and ESO friends will present a program of “intimate works.”

Festival Information

View concert programs and information on free master classes, outreach performances. For Ticket info, visit the ECMS website and TIX on the Square.

Festival Headliners


The Legendary Fine Arts Quartet will be in residence for three concerts at Convocation Hall and All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral.

June 20, 22, 24, 2016 | 7:30 PM

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Fine Arts Quartet
Fine Arts Quartet


Charles Richard-Hamelin, Canada’s first prizewinner in the Chopin International Piano Competition, will be making his Edmonton debut.

Sunday, June 26, 2016 | 7:30 PM
All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral

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Charles Richard-Hamelin
Charles Richard-Hamelin
photo: Emily Ding


A Night at the Opera on Tuesday, June 28 features some of your favorite arias as well as instrumental works derived from opera performed by some of Edmonton’s finest concert artists. The concert is preceded by young musicians pre-concert at 6:45 PM.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | 7:30 PM Convocation Hall

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John Tessier
John Tessier


Yellowhead Brewery Concerts

The two Yellowhead Brewery Concerts at 10229 – 105 St. [map] are sure to be a big hit this year! An intimate setting where you will be right next to the musicians!

Yellowhead Brewery


Yellowhead Brewery stage


Matt Haimovitz brings his pioneering spirit to Edmonton with a solo concert at the Yellowhead Brewery. The solo cello recital is a Haimovitz trademark, both inside and outside the concert hall.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | 8 PM
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Matt Haimovitz
Matt Haimovitz
photo: Steph MacKinnon


Robert Uchida and Friends

The ESO’s concertmaster presents a program of works ideal for the intimate atmosphere of Yellowhead Brewery.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 | 8 PM
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Robert Uchida
Robert Uchida


So ... if you love classical music or are curious about why the works of Beethoven, Haydn and others have endured over the years, come to the Ninth Summer Solstice Music Festival to experience the magic of chamber music.

Introducing Allen Jacobson: Managing Director

The Board is delighted to announce the results of a search for contracted arts management services that began in April. Allen Jacobson was selected as the new Managing Director of the organization. Mr. Jacobson has over 25 years of experience as a professional musician, arts administrator/educator and artistic director in Canada and in Europe. He has worked in all aspects of the music and arts industries and has a passion for community engagement and inclusion.

Allen is thrilled to be involved in the ECMS and is looking forward to exploring new avenues of promotion and to developing deeper relationships within the Capital Region’s diverse cultural, corporate and business communities.

ECMS 2016/17 Season

You will be receiving your brochure for the next season in the mail in the coming week and we urge you to take advantage of the Early Bird rates for subscriptions. This rate will be in effect until August 1.

Tickets for specific concerts will go on sale starting August 1, although subscribers are able to purchase additional tickets to various concerts as part of their Season’s subscription.


2016-2017 Season

Brochures for the season will be available at the Summer Solstice Music Festival.


Classical River Cruise & Concert Series
Rhone, France & Barcelona, Spain
October 10 – 25, 2016  [16 days]

Classical River Cruise

Renowned impresario and raconteur George Zukerman, OC, OBC, has orchestrated a glorious music cruise along the Rhone River. This exploration of southern France and Barcelona features a rich cultural program sure to enthrall lovers of music, travel, history and fine cuisine.

Savour 3 nights in Lyon, 4 nights in Barcelona, and 7 nights aboard the luxurious river cruise ship AMADagio, with musical performances both on board and in some of the great performance halls of France and Spain.

Lyon – Annecy – Oingt – Vienne – Grignan – Avignon
Les Baux – Arles – Figueres – Barcelona

Cruise map

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