Edmonton, AB – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada and Regional Minister for Northern Alberta, highlighted the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s debut performance at Carnegie Hall in New York today as a clear indication of the strength of the Canadian arts community on the world stage.
"The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is an important part of our community and I am thrilled to join 1000 Edmontonians who have made the trip to Carnegie Hall to support the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Once again, Edmontonians have shown their incredible support for the arts in our community," said Minister Ambrose
"The level of support the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra has received for our Carnegie Hall concert is overwhelming," said Annemarie Petrov, Executive Director for the ESO & Francis Winspear Centre for Music. "We are so thrilled to be representing Canada on the world stage. This performance has become so much more than a milestone for the ESO's 60th anniversary. Our orchestra is making history by representing our city, our province and our country."
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will receive $35 000 from the Canada Council for the Arts in support of their debut performance at Carnegie Hall. Created in 1957 to foster and promote the study, enjoyment, and production of works in the arts, the Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national, arm’s-length arts funder. The Council also provides operating funding to the Orchestra as part of its support to professional artists and arts organizations.
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra has taken its place as one of Canada's foremost orchestral ensembles. Its current roster includes 56 musicians from Canada and around the world, performing a wide-ranging repertoire.
NOTE: All expenses related to the trip were covered by Minister Ambrose personally.