Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy

November 23rd
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: Adult: 28.94 | Student/Senior: $23.94 incl. fees

Edmonton Senior Youth Orchestra Presents:

Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with special guests:

Roger Admiral, piano and three Augustana choral ensembles under the leadership of Dr. John Wiebe (The Augustana Choir, Sangkor, and Mannskor).

Conductor:  Michael Massey

The Edmonton Youth Orchestra Association, founded in 1952, 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, 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 has inspired thousands of young musicians through the Edmonton Youth Orchestra program and countless others through musical performance. Michael is an accomplished and versatile musician: he is a pianist, a conductor, an orchestrator, a composer, and a teacher — but most of all, he is a mentor and role model for young musicians. In 2002 Michael was inducted into Edmonton’s Cultural Hall of Fame as an Artist-Builder and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. 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.

December 2022 Michael Massey was appointed to the Order of Canada for his “consummate dedication to youth orchestras and for his transformational mentorship of generations of Canadian musicians”. Roger Admiral performs music from the 17th to the 21st century, and teaches piano at University of Alberta, Augustana Campus. Performances include György Ligeti’s Piano Concerto with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the piano works of Iannis Xenakis for Vancouver New Music, Matthew Ricketts Meloscuro with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and collaborations on recitals for Curto-Circuito de Música Contemporaneous Brazil, Festival of Contemporary Polish Music (Wrocław), New Music Concerts (Toronto), Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, Carnegie / Weill Hall, and Donaueschinger Musiktage.

Dr. John Wiebe is an award-winning conductor, pianist, educator, adjudicator and clinician based in Edmonton, Alberta, where he is the Director of Music and Choral Activities at the University of Alberta- Augustana campus, and for 21 years was the Artistic & Executive Director of the Edmonton Youth & Children’s Choirs. John has studied at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Alberta, with Frieder Bernius from Stuttgart, Germany, and in Vienna, Austria. Choirs under his dynamic leadership have recorded six CD’s, performed coast-to-coast across Canada and around the world (Europe, Russia, South America and China), and have received awards for their performances locally, nationally and at the Langollen Music Festival and the World Choir Games. John is a regular clinician and adjudicator across the country, is a Past-President of Choral Canada and likes to keep in shape for his music schedule by travelling with his family, running, and playing hockey.

Augustana Choral Program: The Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta, located in Camrose, AB, is the proud home of four unique choral ensembles, three of which are composed of students and community members from as far away as Edberg and Edmonton. Through the exploration of music from a variety of times and places, these choirs work to develop a broad sense of cultural awareness and cultivate an appreciation for the richness of the choral art. In addition, strong emphasis is placed on the development of the vocal instrument and gaining an understanding of foundational musical concepts. Three of these choirs will participate in this concert: Sangkor (pronounced sahng-kohr), is the Norwegian word for “song choir”. This group explores the depth and beauty of the vast treble-choir tradition. Mannskor draws from the bountiful lower-voice choral tradition to find comradery, joy, and often some silliness, in the rehearsal and performance process.

Both of these ensembles are non-auditioned and open to students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the community. The Augustana Choir is the auditioned chamber choir on the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta. This choir performs a diverse range of a cappella choral music, from Renaissance to the latest in contemporary choral compositions. In keeping with the liberal-arts tradition of the Augustana campus, singers in the choir come from all disciplines and departments, creating a rich milieu for musical exploration and growth. TAC is led by Dr. John Wiebe, Director of Music at the Augustana Campus. The choir tours annually across Alberta and Western Canada, with regular international tours, including Austria and Hungary in May of 2023. TAC has performed at provincial and national choral conferences and in fall 2024 released its latest CD recording, Distracted by Beauty.

In addition to Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy the program for this concert will also include, Edvard Grieg’s Morning Mood, Geoffrey Ridout’s Fall Fair, Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land as well as other works.