If you’re in Edmonton and you don’t know who John Estacio is, you’re about to get an education, my friends. John is a music composer based out of Edmonton. He’s been a composer-in-residence at the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, he’s written operas and at least one movie score, and he’s a really incredibly nice, and interesting guy. His work will be performed in May at Carnegie Hall in New York, by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Here’s a little bit more about John, from the bio on his website:
The last decade has seen Estacio focus on operatic works. Together with librettist John Murrell, he was written three operas including Lillian Alling which premiered in October 2010 by the Vancouver Opera. Filumena, his first opera, premiered in 2003 in Calgary and Banff and went on to receive four Betty Mitchell Awards including the award for outstanding production of musical theatre work. Additional productions soon followed in Ottawa and Edmonton. Filumena was filmed for television and received its national television premiere in 2006.
Estacio is the recent recipient of the National Arts Centre Award for Composers which will result in three commissioned works for the National Arts Centre Orchestra in upcoming seasons. Other awards include an AMPIA Award for his film score for The Secret of the Nutcracker, and his frequent performances and broadcasts have earned him several SOCAN Concert Music Awards.
Here’s the episode breakdown:
0:00: Boo technology!
1:41: Introducing the Thing, the Man, John Estacio — world-famous composer
21:56: A Calgary Expo Preview, with Steven Hodges
29:46: A preview of Canada’s Worst Driver with Meredith Veats
39:50: The Unknown Studio Live show: coming to you live in June!
46:05: John and the ESO go to Carnegie Hall
58:52: The Fast Fifteen with John Estacio
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