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FALL CONCERTS UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT + CEO PAUL DORNIAN

25 June 2020

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your support in recent months as we all adapt to a new and constantly evolving situation. We’re encouraged by the progress our community has made in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and continue to support that effort with everyone’s health and safety as our top priority.

As the province begins the reopening process, arts groups like ours are facing the reality that we won’t be able to enjoy a full house in our venues for some time. We remain committed to performing music for you, but for now we need to change the way we present it.

After careful consideration, we’ve decided to cancel the more than 35 performances we originally scheduled from September to December 2020, including regular, education, and outreach concerts, as well as open rehearsals. Instead, we are reinventing our fall performances to fit within health and safety guidelines, whether that means we present them live or online. We hope to return to regular concerts starting in January 2021.

We realize this news is as disappointing for you as it is for us, especially as the province has started reopening, but the timeline remains uncertain and we need to give our audience members, musicians, guest artists, staff, and volunteers the time they need to plan ahead. Several factors were involved in this decision: recommendations from government and public health officials; ongoing restrictions on large gatherings and non-essential travel; and potential policies and procedures at Jack Singer Concert Hall as required by Arts Commons.

In keeping with the recommendations surrounding choral performances, we are also replacing any repertoire featuring the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus at other concerts during the 2020/2021 Season, including Mozart’s Requiem (5 + 6 March 2021) and Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony (30 April + 1 May 2021). We will be finding other ways to engage and showcase our wonderful Chorus during this time. Our performances with Calgary Opera and Alberta Ballet at the Jubilee Auditorium have also been cancelled.

For subscribers who purchased tickets to any scheduled Calgary Philharmonic concerts from 11 September 2020 up to and including 16 December 2020, we will return the full value of those tickets through your choice of a refund or a credit to your account. We’ll send you an email with instructions, or you can contact us at info@calgaryphil.com or 403.571.0849 if you have any questions or need assistance. Please note that our box office hours have been reduced to Monday to Friday from 10AM to 3PM and our staff is dealing with a high volume of inquiries.

We’re working hard on new plans for the fall and will send you the details as soon as possible. We also want to assure you that as soon as the concert hall shut down in March, we started planning for a safe return that prioritizes everyone’s health and well-being. When the time is right to bring the full Orchestra back onstage and welcome a full house back into the concert hall, we will be ready. Until then, we’ll continue to find other ways to keep the music playing — stay tuned.

Take care,

Paul Dornian

INFORMATION ON COVID-19 AND CONCERTS

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all concerts from 12 March 2020 to the end of the 2019/2020 Season were postponed or cancelled. In addition, as of 25 June 2020, all concerts originally scheduled from 11 September 2020 up to and including 16  December 2020, including regular, education, and outreach concerts, as well as open rehearsals are cancelled.

We’re still working to confirm new dates for two concerts at the Jubilee Auditorium that were postponed last spring due to COVID-19: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert and Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert. Thank you for your patience. We’ll keep you posted about new dates, so hold on to your tickets. Should you require a refund, please go to Ticketmaster online, where a refund link will be visible under the order in your Ticketmaster account.

For any cancelled Calgary Philharmonic concerts, we will return the full value of tickets purchased through your choice of a full refund or a credit to your account. All those who purchased tickets to a cancelled performance have received an email or will be contacted by phone about their ticket options. Please allow 10 business days for refunds to be processed. Our Sales Team is also available by phone (403.571.0849) or email (info@calgaryphil.com) to answer any questions or offer assistance.

Thank you for your patience as we reinvent our fall performances to fit within new health and safety guidelines, whether that means we present them live or online. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter for updates.

Please note that our box office hours have been reduced to Monday to Friday from 10AM to 3PM and our staff is dealing with a high volume of inquiries. Our call centre will be closed from Wednesday 1 July through Friday 3 July.

IN THE NEWS

MAY 2020

Feature | Calgary Philharmonic takes kids on an orchestra adventure with launch of new online series — Arts Commons Blog

APRIL 2020

Canada’s classical musicians are making amazing virtual videos. Here are our favourites so far: — CBC Music

Bittersweet symphony: the best lockdown orchestras and choirs online  — The Guardian

Calgary Philharmonic Launches 65th Season — CKUA Radio (morning show broadcast)

News | Pandemic shutdowns create a ‘triple whammy’ for Western Canada’s arts community – Globe and Mail

The Scoop: Calgary Philharmonic Announces 2020-21 Season and Recalls Orchestra and Staff – Ludwig Van (Toronto)

MARCH 2020

Bernadette Peters, Joshua Bell, Buffy Sainte-Marie team up with CPO for ambitious 2020/2021 season – Calgary Herald

Calgary Philharmonic musicians record YouTube video – CBC Radio One Calgary (The Homestretch broadcast)

Calgary Philharmonic Concerts are Streaming for Free Right Now – Avenue Calgary

FEBRUARY 2020

SEPTEMBER 2019

MARCH 2019

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

FEBRUARY 2019

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

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra conducts Soul Legends concert — The Gauntlet

JANUARY 2019

DECEMBER 2018

NOVEMBER 2018

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

OCTOBER 2018

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
403.923.7357
mmcnamee@calgaryphil.com

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