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Edmonton Youth Orchestra 2019/2020 Season

Edmonton Youth Orchestra 2019/2020 Season

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Edmonton Youth Orchestra presents their 2019/20 season featuring three concerts at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, 4 Winston Churchill Square

Sunday, November 17th @ 2:00 PM
Sunday, February 23 @ 2:00 PM
Sunday, May 3 @ 2:00 PM

Edmonton Youth Orchestra Concert
Featuring 39th Annual Concerto Competition Winners (Piano)
Sunday, February 23 at 2pm
Francis Winspear Centre for Music

Conductor: Michael Massey
Conducting Intern: Mitchel Rees

Intermediate Orchestra
Royal Fireworks Overture / Handel
Music for a young prince / Ridout
1. Dreams
2. From the Caboose
Jazz Legato / Anderson
Jazz Pizzicato / Anderson
Saraband / Anderson
Piano Concerto in D Major / Haydn
1. Vivace Soloist: Joanna Hao


Senior Orchestra
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op. 11 / Chopin Soloist: Jason Liang
Pines of Rome / Respighi

The Edmonton Youth Orchestra Association, founded in 1952, supports both the nationally renowned Edmonton Senior Orchestra, and the Edmonton Intermediate Orchestra. It is widely regarded as one of the finest youth orchestra programs in Canada and gives 150 young musicians from Edmonton and Northern Alberta, the opportunity to develop their orchestral skills, to increase their knowledge and appreciation of music, and to enrich the cultural life of the community through concerts and benefit performances. Edmonton Youth Orchestra members are all motivated students who share a love of music.

Michael Massey has been conductor of the EYO since 1977. He is Pianist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and is widely respected as a conductor, soloist, teacher and accompanist. In 2002, for his contribution to the cultural life of Edmonton, he was inducted into the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame, as an Artist Builder, and also received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. In October 2016, in recognition of his long service to the Alberta music community, Michael was inducted into the ‘Alberta Order of Excellence”, the highest honor the Province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen. In 2017 he was the recipient of the St. Albert Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award.

Mitchel Rees is a music teacher with Edmonton Public Schools and is also finishing his Bachelor of Music at the University of Alberta this year in Double Bass. An avid performer, he plays with many groups in the University and in the city. As a band conductor and an orchestral musician, he wishes to combine his experiences to add another layer to his musical journey. When he isn’t teaching or playing, he enjoys working on and repairing instruments (mostly his own) and is an avid weightlifter.


Joanna Hao: A thirteen-year-old student of Grandview Heights, Joanna Hao has been studying piano for 7 years and currently studies with Mr. Wolfram Linnebach. She achieved First Class Honours with Distinction and the highest mark for RCM grade 5 piano in 2015, RCM grade 9 piano in 2017. In 2018, she received First Class Honours with Distinction for RCM grade 10 piano. Joanna also has been a regular participant in the annual Kiwanis Music Festival since 2012, has won numerous gold certificates and was awarded the Alberta Ukrainian Commemorative Society piano scholarship in 2018. Throughout her musical studies, Joanna has developed her background in music and aspires to share her knowledge with others who share her interest in music. In addition, Joanna enjoys an eclectic variety of other interests such as volleyball, skiing, reading, art, and social sciences.

Jason Liang is a pianist who has endeavored in spreading his love of music. His teachers have included Mikolai Warszynski and Wolfram Linnebach. Jason is a recipient of the Edmonton Kiwanis festival, CMC, and recently, the Northern Alberta Concerto Competition. In addition, he has attended many major art and music festivals, including Alberta's Pianofest in 2017 and 2019. His hobbies include swimming, music composition, and of course, playing music. Whenever he feels down however, he is either hanging out with his friends, or playing music; otherwise, he is a pretty "chill" guy.

Tickets are $15 for Adults, and $10 for Students/Seniors(60+), plus applicable fees.
This event is using a guest list; no physical or electronic tickets provided.
Please Note: Children under age 3 are free, but must be seated in the Viewing Room on the Dress Circle and will not be permitted in the Main Chamber.

Date & Times

  • Sun 11/17/2019 2:00 PM
  • Sun 2/23/2020 2:00 PM
  • Sun 5/3/2020 2:00 PM