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Composing a “Crippling” Emotion – The Rapture

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" [...]

By | March 17th, 2015|CPO Blog|0 Comments

A random encounter with a CPO legend

Blog post courtesy of Michael Hope, CPO Assistant Principal Bassoon The other day Matthew Heller (CPO Double Bassist)  and I played a short concert for the residents at Silvera For Seniors, Confederation Park. Matt and [...]

By | March 12th, 2015|CPO Blog|0 Comments

Cork & Canvas Spotlight: Live Painting

At our Cork & Canvas Winemaker's Dinner and Art Auction on March 14 (one of six fundraising events held in March) you'll see a live painting! Calgary artist Doug Levitt will paint our Assistant Principal [...]

By | March 4th, 2015|CPO Blog|0 Comments

Up Close and Personal with Leonard Bernstein

Blog post courtesy of Michael Hope, CPO Assistant Principal Bassoon Leonard Bernstein is revered as being one of the most successful and talented artists in North American history. Most musicians consider him to be something [...]

By | February 24th, 2015|CPO Blog|0 Comments

Cork & Canvas Spotlight: Amy Dryer

  Cork & Canvas (March 3 - 26) is the CPO's annual Art and Wine Festival. There are six great events coming up, each featuring a silent auction. Paintings, photography and artwork provided by local artists are [...]

By | February 18th, 2015|CPO Blog|0 Comments

“Big Mike” Comes to Calgary

On February 20 and 21, the champion dancers and soloists perform with the CPO in our Let's Dance! concerts. We caught up with one of the singers, Michael "Big Mike" Lynche, a Top 4 Finalist [...]

By | February 12th, 2015|CPO Blog|0 Comments

CPO Music Director Laureate Returns to the Stage

On February 13 and 14, CPO Music Director Laureate Hans Graf returns to conduct the Orchestra's Mozart and Schumann concerts, which showcase five Principal CPO soloists - Sara Hahn (Flute), Jean Landa (Oboe), Steve Amsel [...]

By | February 11th, 2015|CPO Blog|0 Comments

Schumann 3rd From The Back Row

Learn more about Schumann's Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish" from CPO Principal Trombone James Scott. Hear this piece, along with Chaminade's Flute Concerto and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon at the Orchestra's February 13 & [...]

By | January 30th, 2015|CPO Blog|0 Comments

We Want Your Input: CEO Search

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra President and CEO Ann Lewis Luppino recently announced that she will retire at the end of the 2014-15 Season. As a patron of the CPO, we invite you to take a survey [...]

By | January 21st, 2015|CPO Blog|0 Comments

Life, Death, & Tempting Fate: Mahler 6

The CPO is working through the Mahler symphonies chronologically, and this year, we're performing Mahler's Sixth Symphony. This symphony is unique in that explores Mahler's thoughts on death, and even includes a "hammer of fate." [...]

By | January 15th, 2015|CPO Blog|0 Comments