Calgary Phil Media


Dear friends,

I hope you were able to join us on 31 March for the online reveal of our 2020/2021 Season of concerts and the wonderful performance by our Principal Oboist, Alex Klein. If you missed it, you can watch the video at calgaryphil.com — and take a look at our new website at the same time.

Today we have more good news. I’m happy to let you know that musicians and administrative staff have been offered the opportunity to return to work (at home) on reduced hours. As promised, the organization has been working hard to find an alternative plan ever since making the difficult decision to issue layoff notices two weeks ago. Moving forward, musicians and staff will work 3/4 of their regular hours per week, allowing them to earn more than the amount they would on EI during this difficult time. As soon as concerts resume, they will return to their previous working hours.

I also want to thank you for all your support in recent weeks — from offering words of encouragement, to returning the value of tickets from cancelled concerts and making other donations large and small, to the Board of Directors and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation Trustees spending hours helping administration navigate the challenges. We appreciate it!

Of course, one of the best ways you can support us is to come and join us for a performance at the Jack Singer Concert Hall when things are back to normal. We look forward to seeing you then, but in the meantime, be sure to enjoy the performances in our Live-Stream Library featuring our own musicians as well as guest artists like Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Measha Brueggergosman, Paul Brandt, and others.

Stay safe,

Paul Dornian


In accordance with the directives issued by Alberta Health Services, and effective immediately, all Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra concerts are cancelled, at least up to and including 16 May 2020. We’re closely monitoring the situation as it evolves and will provide regular updates.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert and Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert are postponed — we’ll keep you posted, so hold on to your tickets. If you require a refund for these concerts, please contact Ticketmaster directly.

For all other concerts up to and including 16 May 2020, ticket holders have the following options (if possible, please let us know your preference by 30 April 2020):

 1. Donation. Many of you have expressed your support and asked what you can do for us. Thank you. If you’re able, one way to help is to donate the value of your tickets to the Calgary Philharmonic in lieu of a refund. We’re committed to issuing charitable receipts no later than 31 December 2020 and will make every effort to do so before that date.

2. Exchange. You can choose to exchange tickets for any cancelled concerts this Season to any other upcoming performance. We are waiving all upgrade and exchange fees.

3. Credit. You can request a credit for the value of your tickets. This will be honoured through to 31 October 2020.

4. Refund. You can receive a refund for tickets to any cancelled performance in the 2019/2020 Season.

To choose your option, please email our Box Office at info@calgaryphil.com. We’re experiencing a high volume of calls and emails, but we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

This is a challenging time for the Calgary Philharmonic, but we’re a strong organization and, with your support, we’ll get through it. We look forward to welcoming you back to the concert hall once everything is back to normal. In the meantime, thank you for your patience, understanding, and support.



MARCH 2019

CPO Review: Brahms Double Concerto with Cohen and Choi — Calgary Herald


Review: CPO and soloist a perfect pairing for romantic interlude — Calgary Herald

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra conducts Soul Legends concert — The Gauntlet




Review: Verdi Requiem best the city may have ever heard — Calgary Herald

High Performance Rodeo announced its 2019 lineup —  CBC News

Review  In rare occurrence, a female conductor leads all Spanish concert with CPO — Calgary Herald


Review: CPO Discovery Series highlights young talent — Calgary Herald

Letters: Calgarians luck to have world-class arts — Calgary Herald

For more information, please contact:

Maureen McNamee
Communications Manager