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February 16, 2006
  Music Interview: Catch Disco FeverPDF files may take a moment to load

Keeping a straight face day in and day out with no leisure or relaxation time can be an arduous task. A little fun is a must and even the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra knows when to loosen those bowties and get funky with their hip selves. From time to time, the CPO feel compelled to crawl out of the finely etched groove of classical music and slip into the bizarre realm of pop music. On Friday, February 24th, the CPO catches Disco Fever.


September 09, 2004
  CPO lives!!!PDF files may take a moment to load

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Annual General Meeting. Vaulted ceilings and chandeliers. A sea of middle aged and senior men and women in expensive black suits jackets. Grey hair. A young reporter, feeling more than slightly out of place. Feeling out of place, at least until the 2004-2005 season programme is announced which includes Abba, Academy Awards, Motown, swing music? Suddenly, the age barrier disappears and the room is timeless, a crowd joined together with one thing in common: people, together to enjoy the beauty of music.


December 04, 2003
  Philharmonic joyPDF files may take a moment to load

Two years ago, I planned a terribly romantic date at some downtown outdoor event. Sadly, activities of that type fall short on the romance factor when it's-30 degrees, the event is canceled and you end up in a Subway scalding your lips on coffee with nothing to say and nothing to do.

According to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra's Vanessa Goymour, that needn't happen again.

"Holiday Fest," she says, "is perfect for a holiday date."


October 30, 2003
  Terror takes the CPO stagePDF files may take a moment to load

"The classics should not feel like a root canal."

Victor Sawa does not fit the role of the standard conductor. In fact, he totes himself as "definitely different from 99 per cent of other conductors who convey the image that they'd rather not be there." He's bringing his uniqueness as an affable, comical and audience-focused conductor to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra this Halloween for a Spooktacular pop concert featuring music from Psycho to Batman to Bride of Frankenstein.


September 11, 2003
  Mozart returns to the mountain and Beethoven hits the bottlePDF files may take a moment to load

Seven thousand three hundred people at a sold-out show.

Not bad for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, an organization that sat in artistic limbo for months last year as it struggled to keep afloat financially. Musicians had nowhere to play while a skeleton administrative crew worked against time and the odds to prepare a plan for renewal that would encourage regeneration funding from all levels of government.

All their work has paid off.


June 10, 1999
  Verdi's fat scoundrelPDF files may take a moment to load

In 1893, shortly after the release "Falstaff",
which was to become his most celebrated comic opera, Verdi admittedly
reported that "Certain passages are so droll that the music
has often made me laugh while writing it." Over 100 years
later, the Calgary Philharmonic
helped me appreciate Verdi's claim.

Regarded by some as the pre-eminent late 19th century Italian
opera composer, Verdi completed "Falstaff" when he


June 10, 1999
  Ode to joyPDF files may take a moment to load

Few students pranced like proud and pretentious
peacocks through the Jack Singer Concert Hall last Sunday night,
but they should have. Everyone should have. Everyone deserves
to feel the deep, internal excitement aroused by Beethoven's
Ninth Symphony.

The celebrated symphony was performed by the Calgary
Philharmonic Orchestra
as part of their first Beethoven Festival.
The Ninth Symphony was the first instalment in a trilogy of evenings


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