The recent restrictions on gatherings and venues have created new challenges for recording performances to share with you, but stay tuned — our staff is busy working on new virtual concert experiences that meet the new Alberta Health Services guidelines. Like you, our musicians are anxious for performances to resume, but in the meantime, they’re keeping busy at home, playing music and pursuing their other interests. We’re checking in with our musicians to find out what they’re up to in a series of short videos called Notes from Home.
Our series wraps up this week with Calgary Phil musician Maxwell Stein, Assistant Principal Horn. He shares the story of how he discovered he was a horn player, reveals why he owns so many beautiful Icelandic sweaters (hint: he has another amazing talent), and shows how he brings the outside world into his home.
After a brief hiatus, our video series returns with Antoine St. Onge, Principal Bassoon. He shares his interest in outdoor sports like biking and splitboarding, shows off his plant collection, talks about playing music with his partner (you might recognize her!), and tells us how his dog Couinette earned his name.
This week, we hear from Adriana Lebedovich about her musical adventures on horseback, the Orchestra record she holds (by three days!), and we get a look at a few special Easter creations that pay homage to her Ukrainian heritage.
9 March 2021
In this episode, Calgary Phil Principal Clarinet Slavko Popovic talks about his extensive CD collection, his love of opera (and those tragic solos), and the joy his family has found with the two stray cats they’ve rescued.
This week in our Notes from Home series, Matt Heller talks about how he discovered the double bass (it’s hard to miss), the importance of music to his personal well-being, his affectionate cat Tucker, and what he’s looking forward to now that the polar vortex is behind us.
Concertmaster Diana Cohen talks about making the most of her time at home — from playing solo works for violin, to spending time with her musician husband and their sweet daughter Noa (she says hi!), and the joy they all found in presenting outdoor garden concerts for Calgarians last year.
Principal Trumpet Adam Zinatelli talks about practising his music and being at home with his young family, reveals some of his favourite gadgets (including the ones that make other trumpeters jealous), and shares an excerpt from his recent arrangement for six trumpets.
Our first instalment features a virtual visit with Michael Hope, Assistant Principal Bassoon, a longtime Orchestra member who many of you already know from pre-concert chats in the lobby and performances onstage. Michael talks about music, his 101-year-old bassoon, and his passion for hockey (Go Flames Go!).