Greatest Classical Hits: Q&A with Adam Johnson

By | November 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|

On November 28, Associate Conductor Adam Johnson takes the stage to conduct some of the biggest blockbusters in classical music. Greatest Classical Hits covers favourites from Debussy’s "Clair de lune" to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. [...]

5 Facts for Rush Hour

By | November 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|

On Thursday, November 12th the Calgary Philharmonic presents the first Rush Hour of our 2015/2016 Season. Here are some facts you might not know about the performance: Rush Hour is short We’re presenting [...]

Calgary Phil Doubleheader

By | September 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|

By Matthew Heller, Bass "It's a great day for baseball. Let's play two!" That phrase was made famous by Ernie Banks, a Chicago Cubs infielder and apparently one of baseball's great keeners. Orchestras rarely play doubleheaders, [...]

My National Youth Orchestra Experience: The Gift of a Lifetime

By | August 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|

by Michael Hope Over the course of my career as a professional classical musician, I have been so lucky to enjoy the marvelous sense of community that comes with being part of a symphony orchestra. [...]


By | July 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s 60th Anniversary Season begins in 60 days. Our Diamond Jubliee is an opportunity to celebrate the past, present, and future of our organization. To prepare for the year to [...]

Music Director Roberto Minczuk reflects on the 60th Anniversary Season

By | July 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|

What are you excited about for the new season? Right at the opening of the Season we are continuing with our full Mahler symphony cycle. 2015/2016 will be a very special Season because [...]

Playoff Fever Hits the CPO!

By | April 14th, 2015|CPO Blog|

The Calgary Flames have made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and not only is Calgary excited, but so is the CPO! "When the Flames are playing like this I think it raises [...]

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The Trumpet and Symphony in Perfect Harmony

By | April 7th, 2015|CPO Blog|

Blog post courtesy of Adam Zinatelli, CPO Principal Trumpet The late great Russian trumpet virtuoso Timofei Dokshizer said that his greatest regrets were not being pushier to Shostakovich and Prokofiev about writing proper trumpet concertos. It's [...]

Macaron Master: Cork & Canvas High Tea

By | March 20th, 2015|CPO Blog|

Our Cork & Canvas High Tea at The Fairmont Palliser is tomorrow! To get into the spirit, we asked David Rousseau, owner of Calgary-based Ollia Macarons, what it takes to make this pastry perfect, and what [...]

Composing a “Crippling” Emotion – The Rapture

By | March 17th, 2015|CPO Blog|

What goes into composing a piece of music about an extreme onset of emotion? We asked Patrick Harlin, composer of Rapture, which receives its Canadian premiere at our March 27 and 28 Beethoven and Shostakovich concerts. The "rapture" [...]