Fierce, energetic and passionate, Maestro Rune Bergmann, a self-proclaimed ‘Viking’, continues his ceaseless quest of exploring, raiding, and trading all over the world. Maestro Bergmann’s powerful baton strikes awe (but hopefully no fear!) into the hearts of listeners everywhere. Calgarians are lucky enough to hear it live this weekend!

Tonight and tomorrow (Saturday), the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Bergmann bring Europe to us.

Conducting Brahms, Mendelssohn & Schumann with enough passion, violence (that is, big brass and percussion), and beauty, Maestro Bergmann’s rendition is rich and strong enough to please even Eric the Red, not to mention our erudite Calgary critics and audiences. This is not an adventure to miss!

Entering a “Nor’easter,” the Brahms Violin Concerto is rough, rapid, and formidable; with an unearthly beauty that virtuoso violinist Philippe Quint was born to play. He rides the waves beautifully. We’ll be with him all the way as he plays for his life now, and then maybe listen again at Maestro Bergmann’s fjord-side Cadenza Festival in gorgeous Norway this summer. (Read more about the festival here)

Following Grieg, at his best through the traditions of myth and music, we’ll set sail again. Now we follow the tale of Melusina, a fair and tragically cursed mermaid, beautiful enough to captivate anyone- including Leif Ericsson.

Fortunately, Schumann’s innovative but formally structured Symphony No. 4 will bring us home to catch the rainbow after the storm. It lands us safely back in our beautiful Jack Singer, with our feet on the ground and our hands in the air with delight for an unforgettable musical experience, reflecting Rune’s attitude to music and life,

Join us tonight or tomorrow (Saturday) and share the excitement of our Viking spirit!

Check for show times at the CPO website and see you aboard!

 Written by Andrea Brussa.


Andrea Brussa is the founder of the The Brussa Brava! Legacy Programme. This programme has sponsored over 80 guest conductors. CPO is excited to announce that the Brussa Brava! Legacy Programme is the proud sponsor of our new Music Director, Rune Bergmann for the 2017/2018 Season.

Your donation towards the Brussa Brava! Legacy Programme serves to elevate the music and the reputation of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.