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Friday, September 25, 2009

Disney's Sonnenschein Express brings Oktoberfest celebrations to the Winspear - Oct. 6

Symphony Special
A family evening of Gemˆºtlichkeit with Sonnenschein Express

Tuesday, October 6th ’Äì 7:30 pm

Edmonton, AB ’Ķ The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) is proud to present the Canadian debut of Sonnenschein Express. A mainstay at Disney’Äôs EPCOT Theme Park, this Alpine / Oktoberfest show band joins the orchestra and conductor Bob Bernhardt at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music for one entertaining evening of folk songs, polkas, yodeling, and Schuhplattler dancing!

Whoop and whistle with these six lederhosen-wearing happy wanderers and celebrate the lively tradition of Bavarian alpine music. With the sounds of the Steirische harmonica (button accordion), singing carpenter saws, 20-foot long alphorns and more, concertgoers will be taken on a delightful trip across Germany and through the Austrian and Swiss Alps. Fueled by audience participation, Sonnenschein Express will round out the Alpine folk fair with a yodeling tutorial, foot stomping quicksteps, and clap dancing polkas that will get families singing and dancing out of their seats.

With a program that includes The Happy Wanderer, Hoi! Hoi! Hoi!, and the Ho La Di Medley, the band will also slip south of the Bavarian border by performing a selection of Viennese waltzes and marches.

Arrive early to meet Mr. Oktoberfest from the German Canadian Cultural Centre, and see a performance of The Bavarian Schuhplattlers of Edmonton in the lobby! Oom-pah your way down to the Winspear Centre Box Office for tickets. Ticket prices range from $20 ’Äì $69 (agency fees apply). All tickets for children 12 and under are $15. Purchase by phone at (780) 428-1414 or 1-800-563-5081, or online at

The next ESO Special will take place on November 11th, 2009. Beloved Canadian singer John McDermott offers a heartfelt salute to those who have bravely served their country in Lest We Forget.

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, marking its 58th season in 2009-2010, has taken its place as one of Canada's foremost orchestral ensemble. Its current roster includes 56 musicians from Canada and around the world, performing a wide-ranging repertoire from the great classical masterworks to pops and children's concerts. The presence of the orchestra and its enrichment of the community's quality of life are key elements in the stature and profile of Edmonton on the national and international scene.

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