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The Thelma Johannes O'Neill Memorial Concert

The Thelma Johannes O'Neill Memorial Concert

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Join the Edmonton Youth Orchestra for their Thelma Johannes Memorial Concert on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at the Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square.

Back for their first in-person concert in over two years, the Edmonton Youth Orchestra are pleased to present the Thelma Johannes Memorial Concert. Conducted by veteran Michael Massey, the Edmonton Youth Orchestra will be joined by the vocal winner of the 39th Northern Alberta Concerto Competition, and the two string winners of the 40th Northern Alberta Concerto Competition.

Founded in 1952, the Edmonton Youth Orchestra Association supports 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, annually providing ~150 young musicians from Edmonton and Northern Alberta the opportunity to develop their orchestral skills, increase their knowledge and appreciation of music, and to enrich the cultural life of the community through concerts and benefit performances.

Michael Massey has been conductor of the EYO since 1977. He has inspired thousands of young musicians through the Edmonton Youth Orchestra program and countless others through musical performance. In 2016, for his long service to the Province, he was awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence - the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen. In 2017 he received the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from the City of St. Albert’s “Mayor's Celebration of the Arts.” In 2019 Michael became the Honorary Patron of the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival and in 2020 received the Alberta Music Education Foundation Recognition Award.

Elina Yuma was born in 2007 and has been playing the violin for 10 years. She participates in the local music festival regularly and has received numerous scholarships. She also received 2nd place at the Canadian Music Competition National Finals in 2019. Elina was part of the Young Artist Program in Ottawa and the Sounding Point Academy program in Los Angeles, as well as the Valhalla Summer Music program in B.C. She has been the concertmaster of the Edmonton Intermediate Youth Orchestra and a student at the Mount Royal University Music Academy in Calgary for the last three years. She has had masterclasses and lessons with world renowned violinists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Jessica Linnebach, Ivan Zenaty, Gerardo Ribeiro, Tong Wei Dong, Ian Swesen, Martin Beaver and Axel Strauss. Elina enjoys chamber music and was one of 40 young musicians across Canada who made a chamber recording aired on CBC NEWS in 2020 which inspired many others. Currently, Elina studies violin with Robert Uchida. Besides music, Elina enjoys horseback riding, badminton, figure skating, and art.

Sointu Aalto is a cellist, composer, and high school student currently based in Amiskwaciywaskahikan, Treaty 6 territory, who is interested in the connections between mathematics, science, art, and social change. Her original music has been presented by MATA Jr Festival/Bergamot Quartet, New Music Edmonton, Continuum Contemporary Music, Alkali Collective, Jams Quartet, and others. She plays cello with the Jams Quartet, River City Chamber Orchestra, Edmonton Youth Orchestra, as well as performing as a soloist.

Glynnis McCrostie is in her fourth year at the University of Alberta taking Radiation Therapy. She has been studying classical voice as a lyric soprano/coloratura for eight years, the last five with Elizabeth Raycroft. In 2019, she sang the role of Queen of the Night in the University of Alberta Opera Workshop’s production of The Magic Flute, as well as finishing first in the ARMTA provincial voice competition and representing Alberta at the CFMTA national’s competition. Glynnis has also competed in the Edmonton Kiwanis Festival and was twice nominated to represent Edmonton in provincial finals. Glynnis hopes to continue to sing and balance her passion for music and healthcare moving forward.

Intermediate Orchestra
Symphony No. 88 / Haydn
  1. Adagio - Allegro

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op. 6 / Paganini
  1. Allegro maestoso
Soloist: Elina Yuma

Suite Pastoral / Chabrier
  2. Danse Villageoise

Senior Orchestra
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra / Lutoslawski
  1. Introduction
  2. Four Episodes
  3. Cantilena
  4. Finale
Soloist: Sointu Aalto

Je veux vivre (Romeo and Juliette) / Gounod
Caro Nome (Rigoletto) / Verdi
Soloist: Glynnis McCrostie

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95: From the New World / Dvorak
  1. Adagio – Allegro molto
  2. Largo
  3. Molto vivace
  4. Allegro con fuoco

This performance has general admission seating. The main floor of the Winspear Centre will be reserved for patrons who are comfortable with no physical distancing between seats. The Dress Circle and Upper Circle levels will be reserved for those who wish to be more distanced.

The Edmonton Youth Orchestra is following the Winspear Centre’s Health and Safety Protocols. Masks are strongly encouraged for all guests ages 2 and up.

Prices include ticketing fee
Adult: $16.50
Senior (60+): $11.25
Student (3+): $11.25
Child (2 and Under): Free
Please note that families with children aged 2 and under will only be permitted on the Dress Circle level.

No physical or electronic tickets will be provided. You will need to have your order confirmation ready at the door.

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