Holst’s The Planets: Astrology at the Symphony

By | June 9th, 2017|Musician Blog|

If you're out enjoying the city this weekend (like for instance, at one of the CPO performances of The Planets this Friday and Saturday night!), make sure to check out the full moon. [...]

It’s Beethoven Week “dun-dun-dun-DAH!”

By | May 9th, 2017|CPO Blog|

Although immortalized for the searing opening of his Fifth Symphony (“dun-dun-dun-DAH!”) and legendary brusque personality, Beethoven, this giant among composers, had a softer side, which the Calgary Philharmonic unearths this week at its Rush [...]

Warning: Earworms!

By | May 3rd, 2017|Musician Blog|

In 1954 the New York Herald Tribune ran a survey of its readers, asking them to name the compositions they found the most boring. The ‘Symphony in D Minor’ by César Franck came in at [...]

WCHS Fundraising Concert

By | March 20th, 2017|CPO Blog|

On Thursday, March 16, we partnered with Western Canada High School to bring our Orchestra to their school for a fundraising concert to ensure the continuation of the artist residency program. For the [...]

2017 Concerto Competition

By | March 10th, 2017|CPO Blog|

Congratulations to Angela Ryu, the winner of the 2017 Annual Concerto Competition! Last night, music students from the University of Calgary and Mount Royal Conservatory performed as soloists with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, [...]

The Road to the True North – Episode 1

By | February 27th, 2017|CPO Blog|

The upcoming 2017/2018 Season features the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s extraordinary new commission for Canada’s 150th celebration. The True North is a choreographed Canadian symphony with a world premiere performance taking place on Saturday, 28 October, [...]

Education Concerts Spark Musical Passions in Students

By | February 23rd, 2017|CPO Blog|

Utilizing themes and scores from all periods of music history, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra education concerts provide entertainment for children and chaperones alike. Performers hold multiple concerts each year designed to educate children ranging in [...]

BARTÓK: Violin Concerto No. 1

By | February 17th, 2017|Musician Blog|

We are calling the Brahms Requiem concert, "The Perfect Post-Valentine Date." The reason is because some of the performed pieces have twisted love stories attached to them. The main piece being performed February [...]

Heartstrings month

By | February 16th, 2017|CPO Blog|

February is Heartstrings Month at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Each year, your Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra donates over 600 free concert tickets to dozens of charities. In total, we have donated 6,366 tickets to [...]

Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony

By | January 20th, 2017|CPO Blog|

The Calgary Philharmonic's Classics Masterworks program on January 20/21 includes a performance of Dmitry Shostakovich's 9th Symphony. The symphony has many remarkable moments, including a significant, subtle, expressive bassoon solo that interrupts brash moments from [...]