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Attending Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Rehearsals

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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 between 6 to 8 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, usually at Capuccino’s.

As a member of the CALL “Attending CPO Rehearsals” group, you arrive at the Jack Singer Hall in the Arts Commons downtown at 9:30 am, identify yourself as a CALL member and pay the $15.00 concert fee directly to CPO staff.

The concert rehearsals promptly start at 10 am and finish at 12:30 pm, usually with a short intermission.

The 2018-2019 Senior Open Rehearsals calendar consists of the following 7 concerts:

Friday, 12 October 2018 / 10AM
Keyboards: Marc-Andre Hamelin + Neil Cockburn
Conductor: Rune Bergmann
Guest Artist: Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano + Neil Cockburn, organ

Friday, 2 November 2018 / 10AM
JoAnn Falletta conducts Spanish Guitar
Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
Guest Artist: Petrit Ceku, guitar

**Note -- new date for January's concert

We thank the several members of CALL who recently brought to our attention that the schedule of rehearsal concerts the CPO supplied us with last August was incorrect for the month of January. On inquiry, The CPO has confirmed this and advised us that the January concert is on Friday, January 18th, and the program is to be “Music of the Movies”. Note that the January 25th Mozart concert is therefore deleted from the seniors and students rehearsal concert schedule (the remaining concerts are as listed).

Please amend your calendars for this one change and we apologize for any inconvenience you may experience because of this oversight.

Friday, 18 January 2019 / 10AM
Music of the Movies
Conductor: Sarah Hicks
Guest Artists: Laura Brandt, soprano

Thursday, 14 February 2019 / 10AM
Rush Hour: Romance
Conductor: Karl Hirzer
Guest Artists: Yi-Jia Suzanne Hou, violin

Friday, 15 March 2019 / 10AM
Brahms Double with Cohen + Choi
Conductor: Rune Bergmann
Guest Artists: Diana Cohen, violin + Arnold Choi, cello

Friday, 3 May 2019 / 10AM
Controversial Classics
Conductor: Rune Bergmann
Guest Artists: Lara St. John, violin

Friday, 31 May 2019 / 10AM
Prokofiev & Mahler with Jefim Bronfman
Conductor: Rune Bergmann
Guest Artists: Yefim Bronfman, piano + Anne Marie MacIntosh, soprano

Facilitator:  W. (Bill) Barclay

Registering for the group this year is not required.  *Before you participate in the group, you must be a member of CALL. 


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

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