Storymusic Creations at the New Calgary Central Public Library
Jun
15
3:00 PM15:00

Storymusic Creations at the New Calgary Central Public Library

Can’t wait for this! We’ll be presenting our new production: Grounder’s Grand Adventure, with Dohnanyi’s Serenade for string trio. It’s a brand new story about a Richardson’s ground squirrel who sets out to find his place in the world. The Serenade is lively, quirky, and lush— a fantastic piece of music for violin, viola and cello. Diane Lane, Olena Kilchyk and Samantha Whelan Kotkas join me (Liza Scriggins) for another mashup of stories and music, sure to enchant listeners of all ages. As always, we’ll follow the concert with an instrument petting zoo and a chance to meet the musicians.

We are most grateful for the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, who has so generously awarded us grants the last two seasons as well as this 2018-2019 season. Huge thanks also for the support of the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program, who not only funds many of our concerts, but also encourages us to run pre-concert sessions, so  kids can connect with the music more in-depth.

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The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra - Education Concert for Schools
Apr
4
to Apr 10

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra - Education Concert for Schools

  • Jack Singer Concert Hall (map)
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Samantha Whelan Kotkas will be narrating Bruce Adolphe’s Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for three of their educational concerts. Travel back in time to before smart phones, before zippers, before umbrellas, before spoons...even before humans! Let’s travel back to the Cretaceous period, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Our T-rex Sue is a musical tribute – composed by Bruce Adolphe – to the largest set of complete dinosaur bones ever found, and, very appropriately, a trombone plays the lead role! Featuring the music of Bruce Adolphe.

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Alberta Music Heritage Project Finale Telling Our Stories
Feb
8
2:00 PM14:00

Alberta Music Heritage Project Finale Telling Our Stories

  • United Active Living - Garrison Green (map)
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During a four week period in January/February a handful of residents from United Active Living will team with music and drama students from Bishop Carroll High School. Under the direction of Samantha Whelan Kotkas, Aaron Young, Joyce Doolittle and Jill LaForty. They will bring to life stories about the special place music played in their lives during their younger years. Last year’s project produced several very moving skits. Come see and hear the fruit of their collaboration in this project finale. Refreshments will be served after the presentation.

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Tough Turkey in the Big City: A Feathered Tale
Feb
3
1:00 PM13:00

Tough Turkey in the Big City: A Feathered Tale

  • Univeristy of Calgary Rozsa Centre (map)
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BIG-HEARTED STORY OF A PLUCKY BIRD WITH A BOLD IDEA

Talmon Hertz Legacy Series
February 3, 2019 – 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.

PERFORMERS

Bruce Adolphe, composer
Louise Gikow, author
Dean Bareham, Puppeteer
Claude Lapalme, conductor
Samantha Whelan Kotkas, narrator
and an ensemble of some of Calgary finest musicians

ABOUT TOUGH TURKEY

What happens when a turkey from the sticks meets a Park Avenue pigeon? With the feel of an old-time radio show, Tough Turkey in the Big City follows the comic blunders of Tom Turkey, who leaves the farm to try his luck in the big city. There’s a close call with a menacing chef, a tussle at the Turkey Club, a brief romance with a pigeon, and a happy mix-up at the Thanksgiving Day parade. The story is brought to live by some of Calgary’s finest musicians and the puppet wizardry of Green Fools Theatre Company.

Recommended for children aged 5 to 12 but created with the entire family in mind.

ACTIVITIES

Come early to visit the craft room and other activities one hour before each show.

Stay after for a free cookie reception.

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The Red Carpet Series - Storymusic Creations
Feb
1
12:00 PM12:00

The Red Carpet Series - Storymusic Creations

The Red Carpet Series is presenting a concert and lunch. Storymusic Creations is a storytelling concert for all ages. It includes “Elk’s Wintry Day,” set to the Petite Suite by Jolivet, as well as “Salmon and Dipper’s Wondrous Journey,” set to the Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Debussy, with Samantha Whelan Kotkas (narrator), Liza Scriggins (viola), Lucie Jones (flute) and Gianetta Baril (harp). This event is FREE and open to the public. Stay for the following optional luncheon for only $7.

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Altius - Christmas Crackers
Nov
25
4:00 PM16:00

Altius - Christmas Crackers

Ring in some festive cheer with Calgary's only semi-professional brass choir. Altius Brass presents a concert of enjoyable, fun and creative arrangements of Christmas Classics. Fun for the whole family!

Adults $15
Students & Seniors $12

Tickets available at the door.

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Handel:  Coronation Anthems
Nov
18
7:30 PM19:30

Handel: Coronation Anthems

Join the award-winning Chronos Vocal Ensemble as it kicks off the 2018-19 season with G.F. Handel's Coronation Anthems and other sacred masterworks of the Baroque era. We'll be joined by Jeremy Spurgeon at the organ, and a Baroque orchestra featuring musicians from across Alberta.

Visit chronosvocalensemble.com to arrange either individual concert tickets or season subscriptions that will offer you great savings on a season of incredible live choral music!

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Southern Alberta Jubilee
Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

Southern Alberta Jubilee

A Canmore Fairy Tale

Come join Albertan musician and storyteller, Samantha Whelan Kotkas, as she weaves an interactive musical tale about the Rocky Mountains.  Samantha will be telling her beloved classic ‘rocky mountain fairy tale’ story; “A Canmore Fairy Tale”.  There will be singing, drumming, dancing, trumpet playing and more. You will all be invited to listen and participate as we create together.  

As a Teaching Musician for the National Arts Centre of Canada she has performed her trumpet for over 3000 students a year since 2005. In September 2010, Samantha was appointed the position of education advisor for the Calgary Pro Musica society, one of the leading chamber music presenters in Canada. Her high energy and fun filled performances have made her a crowd favorite for small and large audiences alike.

 

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