Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Blog Night

edmonton symphony orchestraSo here I am at the Winspear Center blogging about the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. We have been given a private enclosed room, similar to a “crying room” for babies. We are about to hear the Jazz Masters concert series. The symphony members are starting to fill their seats and we are about to be in the dark.

I haven’t been to the Winspear in quite some time, nor the Citadel and I’m thrilled to have the pleasure to attend both this week. On Wednesday I went to the Citadel’s production of Beauty and the Beast, with my fabulous friend Melanie who was gracious enough to give me her husband’s extra ticket. That performance was magnificent.

Right now there is a fellow making some announcements. He started by telling us about “After thoughts” in the lobby after the show, and proceeded to introduce none other than, us in the blogger room. The concert maestro was just introduced, Bill Eddins. And we’re off and blogging . . .

I sit here in the dark and feel an odd connection to the ESO this week. I have only just recently gotten in touch with an old friend, Eliza, that I grew up with from about age 6 to graduation. As many people do, we lost touch but through the magic of Facebook have reconnected. Her mother and father played with a quartet in the 80’s and her father, Harlen Green, played lead flute and piccolo with the ESO. I was saddened to learn he was ill and this past week passed away. So this experience and this music is very timely and brings me back – WAY back. I feel a deep connection, through music tonight, with past times and very dear old friends. I’m grateful to have been chosen to write about it tonight.

Berstein’s West Side Story

We are currently indulging in the sweet sounds of Berstein’s West Side Story. They have definitely given it life and a jazzy feel. The music takes me away to a love story, the streets. To exciting times. The violin’s song is gentle . . . and now a change of pace, to shake it up. Fight scene, turmoil, anger. The xylophone chimes in sporadically. Heavy drums, minor keys . . . now silence and gentle again.

Flutes! This is for Harlen Green. His memory is here in this building, with these people. He lives on with his legacy.

When I go to the symphony I like to hear it, not see it. I close my eyes and let the music enter my soul. I let it take me away to wherever it leads. The piece that I remember the most is the William Tell Overture, which I heard them perform years ago.

Oddly the first row of seats are empty, as are the first few on each side. I can imagine the sound might be a bit overwhelming up that close. Perhaps not the best seats in the house in this case.

william eddinsThe maestro, conductor Bill Eddins, is very animated and clearly he loves his job. I am all about the passion. I have to follow mine, photography, and admire others that do the same. His passion comes through in the music he is leading. It is spirited, energetic, as is he. I feel as if I should be in a dusty, dirty old theatre at an off Broadway production of West Side Story. The first piece of music ends and a standing ovation erupts. The orchestra graciously receives it.

What will be next for the encore?

My Blogging The ESO live report continues on Page 2:Edmonton Symphony plays Porgy and Bess.

3 Responses to “Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Blog Night”
  1. Dave says:

    Dear Ms. Hildebrandt,

    Recently, I was interviewing for an Executive Director position with an orchestra and in my interview I brought up the subject of blogging. I had read that the San Fransico Symphony had organized a “Bloggers Night” in an attempt to spread awareness of the orchestra. I read one of the blogs and I was intrigued. I have to say that I’m not a blogging or Face Book enthusiast but I want to learn more about how these forms of communication are effecting how an audience relates to and experiences orchestral music. If you have a moment I would be interested in your thoughts on the ESO blogging experience.

    On a different topic; Your comment on not watching TV hit a nerve. For a long time I didn’t watch much TV, just too busy. But lately, I have been bemoaning the fact that there is very little worth watching, not busy enough I guess. Time to change that.

    I loved the picture of the old lady, each wrinkle spoke of a thousand experiences.


  2. Darlene says:


    Thanks for your comment. The experience blogging was great, I would do it again. Only drawback is that we were in a soundproof room away from the main concert hall (like a baby’s crying room) and the music was piped in through speakers. So we didn’t get the full on experience of the BIG symphony sound.

  3. sandrar says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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