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Attending Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Rehearsals 2019-20 Season

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By ABC Informática (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Orchestra of the 18th Century

Enjoy glorious live music and a behind-the-scenes look at the 

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO).

The interactions between the conductor, the members of the orchestra, and the audience add to the fun!

This is the best deal in town. For only $15.00 you can experience the enjoyment of a wonderful concert by world class musicians from the best seats in the house.

The CPO designates a number of concert rehearsals throughout the year to which they invite an audience of senior and student groups.

As a participant in “Attending CPO Rehearsals”, you can expect to:

  • Enjoy a variety of concerts offered in Calgary’s excellent musical venue by Calgary’s best orchestral musicians, guest artists and conductors.
  • Develop a heightened appreciation of classical and orchestral works and their composers.
  • Pay a fraction of the price of attending an evening concert.
  • Choose to sit wherever you want in the concert hall.
  • Enjoy the interaction between conductor and musicians in a working rehearsal.
  • Have opportunities to socialize with other CALL members at intermission and after at an informal lunch nearby.

As a member of the CALL Attending CPO Rehearsalsgroup, arrive at the Jack Singer Hall in Arts Commons at 9:30 am, identify yourself as a CALL member and pay the $15.00 concert fee directly to CPO staff.  Register on the CALL CPO clipboard at the payment table. Look for Bill, the group facilitator, there or at the intermission. Afterwards, If there is enough interest, members can join Bill for lunch and conversation at the café in Arts Commons.

The concert rehearsals are all on Fridays. They promptly start at 10:00 am and finish at 12:30 pm, usually with a short intermission.


The 2019-2020 Senior Open Rehearsals calendar consists of the following NINE concerts:

27 September 2019
Rush Hour: Greatest Opera Hits
Conductor: Jayce Ogren
Guest Artists: Anne-Marie MacIntosh, soprano; Charles Sy, tenor; Calgary Phil. Chorus

4 October 2019
Modern Master
Conductor: Rune Bergmann
Guest Artist: Arabella Steinbacher, violin

18 October 2019
Electra Rising: Forsyth Cello Concerto
Conductor: Hans Graf
Guest Artist: Amanda Forsyth, cello

17 January 2020
Lunar New Year Celebration
Conductor: Junping Qian
Guest Artist: Angela Xiang Yu, violin

14 February 2020
Beethoven 1: Immortal Beloved
Conductor: Rune Bergmann
Guest Artists: Clayton Stephenson, piano; Yesong Sophie Lee, violin

28 February 2020
Rush Hour: Off the Beaten Path
Conductor: Karl Hirzer
Guest Artist: Laurent Grillet-Kim, viola

6 March 2020
Beethoven 3: Heroic
Conductor: Rune Bergmann
Guest Artist: Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

3 April 2020
Rush Hour: Best of Mozart
Conductor: Sarah Ioannides
Guest Artist: Diana Cohen, violin

29 May 2020
Beethoven 4: Bold
Conductor: Rune Bergmann
Guest Artist: Katherine Chi, piano

Facilitator: W. (Bill) Barclay

Registering for the group is not required.

*Before you participate in the group, you must be a member of CALL.


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*To participate in most programs, you must be a member.  Exceptions are listed as Open to the Public


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