MESSAGE FROM OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
I am proud and very excited to announce our 2020-2021 concert series!
Of course, things will be a bit different than we are used to, but exciting nevertheless. To make sure everyone stays safe, we will perform in the very large sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church. This will enable us to ensure there will be enough distance between our audience members, and also enough distance between the performers and the audience. We will not offer tickets at the door, but online sales only so that we can monitor the number of people attending and adequately direct them safely to your seats.
This is the first year that we will have a main series of 4 concerts to which we are offering a subscription.
Each concert-day will be like a mini-festival. There will be community events on every day of our feature performances. These are not included in the subscription series.
The dates are November 21, 2020, January 23, February 20 and May 1, 2021
Because travel between provinces, and especially flying is not encouraged, this year’s concerts will feature all Alberta musicians. I am so very proud that we now have a large number of Alberta musicians of the highest calibre who specialize in early music: 10 years ago we could not have imagined this to be possible!
This season, we will also launch a community competition. The focus of this competition is on lesser known works of the renaissance and baroque eras. Participants are encouraged to choose works that are not part of the standard repertoire. The first rounds of the competition will be held in both Edmonton and Calgary, and the winners will get a nice sum of money, as well as the opportunity to perform at our final concert on May 2, 2021.
We are thrilled to make the wonderful historic First Presbyterian Church our home again for our 2020-2021 season.
Finally, of course, you are all wondering about the annual May Festival. We were sad to have to cancel our 2020 festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But we WILL have a 2021 festival. Not in May though; we have moved our annual festival to take place every fall rather than in the spring. Our next festival will be November 5, 6, and 7, 2021.
I can’t wait to bring you exquisite, intimate and soul-appeasing concerts once again. I look forward to seeing you there!
Stay healthy, stay safe!
Josephine van Lier, artistic Director