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Who we are

We are a community orchestra of about 50 amateur musicians. We rehearse every Monday from September to May and give four to eight concerts each season. One of our goals is to perform for people who might not otherwise hear a live orchestral performance. The concerts we give at local hospitals and seniors' residences support this goal. Another goal is to feature local soloists by performing with them at our May concert. Over the years, we've invited quite a number of emerging musicians as our solists for this concert.

Each of our performances includes classical and popular music. The music covers a wide range: we play symphonies, operettas, Strauss waltzes, traditional and modern Christmas selections, and music from shows. Here's our brochure.

The musicians of the Edmonton Philharmonic are committed to providing enjoyable performances for audiences and musicians alike. We are musicians at play.

Musicians wanted

We're currently looking for basses, violins, and violas. Please contact our Music Director, Murray, at 780 449 6848 if you're interested in one of these openings. Or you can email Catherine at alicath@telus.net.

Auditions are usually required; we rely on the Music Director to decide who to invite to join the orchestra. We also keep a list of people who are willing to sub for short periods for regular musicians (usually winds and brass).

Please note that this is a volunteer community orchestra and all members pay an annual fee.

Listen to us

Here is some of our best music, recorded in concert. Your selection will play in your device's audio player. Recordings from earlier concerts are available on our music
archives
page.

Zigeunerweisen MP3
Composer: Henryk Wieniawski
Conductor: Murray Vaasjo
Soloist: Gabrielle Depres, violin
Performed May 25, 2014. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC), Edmonton, AB
Legende MP3
Composer: Henryk Wieniawski
Conductor: Murray Vaasjo
Soloist: Gabrielle Depres, violin

Performed May 25, 2014. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC), Edmonton, AB
Andrew Lloyd Webber Medley MP3
Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Conductor: Murray Vaasjo

Performed May 25, 2014. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC), Edmonton, AB
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 MP3
Composer: P. Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Murray Vaasjo
Soloist: Rafael Piesiur, violin

Performed May 12, 2013. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC), Edmonton, AB
A Salute to Big Bands MP3
Arranger: C. Custer
Conductor: Murray Vaasjo

Performed May 12, 2013. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC), Edmonton, AB
Video Games Live MP3
Arranger: R. Ford
Conductor: Murray Vaasjo

Performed May 12, 2013. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC), Edmonton, AB
Symphonie Espagnole in D Minor (I), MP3
Composer: Édouard Lalo
Conductor: Murray Vaasjo
Soloist: Anni Yu, violin
Performed May 13, 2012. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC), Edmonton, AB


Symphonie Espagnol in D Minor (II), MP3
Composer: Édouard Lalo
Conductor: Murray Vaasjo
Soloist: Anni Yu, violin

Performed May 13, 2012. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC), Edmonton, AB

Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, Molto Allegro, MP3
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Murray Vaasjo

Performed May 13, 2012. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC), Edmonton, AB

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, MP3
Composer: Patrick Doyle and John Williams
Conductor: Murray Vaasjo
Performed May 13, 2012. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC), Edmonton, AB

Miramichi Ballad, Peter Emberley, MP3
Composer: Kelsey Jones
Conductor: Murray Vaasjo
Performed May 13, 2012. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC), Edmonton, AB

Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra, MP3
Composer: Max Bruch
Conductor: Aaron Au
Soloist: Gabrielle Despres, violin

Performed May 15, 2011. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC), Edmonton, AB
Enigma Variations, IX. Nimrod, MP3
Composer: Edward Elgar
Conductor: Aaron Au
Performed May 15, 2011. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC), Edmonton, AB

The Muppet Medley, MP3
Arranger: Bruce Chase
Conductor: Aaron Au
Performed May 15, 2011. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC), Edmonton, AB

L’Arlesienne #2, IV. Farandole, MP3
Composer: Georges Bizet
Conductor: Murray Vaasjo
Performed May 15, 2011. Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC), Edmonton, AB

Divertimento, St Anthony Chorale, MP3
Composer: F. Joseph Haydn
Conductor: Aaron Au

Performed May 2, 2010. Convocation Hall, Edmonton, AB

Divertimento, Rondo, MP3
Composer: F. Joseph Haydn
Conductor: Aaron Au

Performed May 2, 2010. Convocation Hall, Edmonton, AB

Palladio, MP3
Composer: Karl Jenkins
Conductors: Diane Persson, Paddy Brine

Performed May 4, 2008. Convocation Hall, Edmonton, AB

News about donations

Is the tax man asking for your money?

Consider donating to the Edmonton Philharmonic Society. Every $100 that you donate to charity will reduce your tax burden by about $25. We are a registered charitable organization, and we'll send you an income tax receipt for your donation--but not a deluge of name/address stickers, calendars, or cards.

When organizations like ours receive at least $1000 in cash donations during the year, the Canadian government will contribute an additional portion.

So when you're looking at year-end tax planning, reduce your taxes and support the Edmonton Philharmonic!

Cheques can be made out to the Edmonton Philharmonic Society and mailed to

8808 160 Street, Edmonton, AB T5R 2H7

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