The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (led by Music Director William Eddins) has announced details of its 2015-16 season: nine concert series (presented in a range of buying formats, including special promotions for first-timer subscribers), plus festivals and an array of holiday concerts by the orchestra. The ESO does a particularly wonderful job of “mixing up” its programming and presentation styles, so audiences can appreciate more facets of the orchestra and its guest artists: an illustration being the appearance of French clarinet virtuoso Raphael Severe as part of the Masters Series (in Jean Francaix’s finger-busting concerto) and on the Late Night Series playing both composed and improvised material with Bill Eddins on another concert.
The Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières (led by Maestro Jacques Lacombe, entering his 10th season) has announced its 2015-16 season, seven mainstage concerts and a host of activities designed for younger audiences. Season highlights include performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, a concert performance of La Traviata featuring Lyne Fortin as Violetta, three appearances by the OSTR’s symphonic chorus, new orchestral arrangements by Steve Normandin of songs made famous by La Bolduc, and an all-baroque program, led by Mathieu Lussier.