RESURRECTION: MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 2 - Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Nov
22
to Nov 23

RESURRECTION: MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 2 - Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Jack Singer Concert Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Resurrection: Mahler Symphony No. 2

Friday, November 22, 2019, 7:30 pm MSTat:
Arts Commons - Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 - 8 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0K9
See DescriptionImportant:


Over the course of its exhilarating 90-minute run, Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony grapples with the greatest questions of existence, ultimately presenting a hopeful and humanist vision. Mahler is recognized as a significant influence during a period of musical transition. “A symphony must be like the whole world… it must embrace everything,” the great composer once said. This monumental work, written for a massive orchestra, soloists, and chorus, testifies to that unshakeable conviction.

Join us for an informative pre-concert chat in the lobby at 6:35PM

View Event →
Early Music Voices: Handel's Messiah
Dec
21
7:30 PM19:30

Early Music Voices: Handel's Messiah

Early Music Voices: Handel's Messiah

Pre-concert talk at 7pm.

A full performance of Handel's beloved Messiah returns to EMV after last year's sell-out. With guest soloists and an elite 16-voice choir made up of VoiceScapes and other professional singers. These will be joined by Rosa Barocca on period instruments, all led by Claude Lapalme. Early Music Voices is excited to offer Calgary this beautiful, traditional Christmas experience. Hear Messiah in the warm, intimate setting of Christ Church Elbow Park.

Soloists: Hannah Pagenkopf, soprano; Sara Staples, mezzo-soprano; Jerald Fast, tenor; Paul Grindlay, bass-baritone.

View Event →
Early Music Voices: VoiceScapes Sing Along Messiah
Dec
22
2:30 AM02:30

Early Music Voices: VoiceScapes Sing Along Messiah

Early Music Voices: VoiceScapes Sing Along Messiah

The Calgary tradition lives on. Auditioned young soloists along with VoiceScapes and friends will sing the arias. And you, the audience, can join the professional choir and orchestra (Rosa Barocca) to sing along with the choruses if you wish or just sit back and enjoy! All conducted by Claude Lapalme.

Raising the roof of Knox United Church while singing Messiah together at Christmas is a special community experience. It may just become part of your own family tradition once you've tried it!

Enjoy refreshments at intermission to raise money for the Calgary Food Bank.

(Ages 15 and under free with adult admission. Youth passes available at the door.)

View Event →

Vic Lewis Band Festival
Nov
1
to Nov 3

Vic Lewis Band Festival

  • Canmore Collegiate High School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Vic Lewis Band Festival is a three-day, non-competitive event for high school concert and jazz bands, with instruction delivered by an international faculty of top-tier musicians and educators. Come out and hear the bands perform!

View Event →
Music Conference Alberta - Indigenous Music in the Classroom
Oct
26
10:45 PM22:45

Music Conference Alberta - Indigenous Music in the Classroom

  • Calgary Central Public Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Indigenous Music in the Classroom | Samantha Whelan Kotkas & Walter MacDonald White Bear

Walter MacDonald White Bear, a Cree singer/songwriter/facilitator and Samantha Whelan Kotkas, a classical trumpet player/storyteller/facilitator have worked together as a cross-cultural team for the National Arts Centre of Canada since 2015. When they walk into schools together to present they embody the process of reconciliation started by the ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ founded in 2008. Their session will focus on ways to bring cross-cultural music respectfully into the classroom as a tool to enrich the curriculum. They will explore the concept of reconciliation as they model hands on music tools for you to use in your own teaching. They will also introduce you to three Indigenous Teacher Guides created for the National Arts Centre which you can start using immediately: ‘All My Relations: Celebrating Canada’s Indigenous Peoples’, ‘Nitohta: Listen to Earthsounds’ and ‘Celebrating Canada's Indigenous Peoples through Song and Dance’.

View Event →
Red Deer Symphony - We The North
Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

Red Deer Symphony - We The North

Come hear music from Russia, Finland and Norway. Though conceived in icy cold climates, don't be fooled - this music is still full of warmth. The first concert of the season will feature the newly appointed principal cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Arnold Choi, in the highly demanding and exciting Sinfonia Concertante by Prokofiev.

Full Program:
PROKOFIEV: Sinfonia Concertante
SIBELIUS: Finlandia
GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite

View Event →
Panel Discussion: NAC Music Alive Program NAC Orchestra 50th Anniversary Celebration
Sep
30
1:15 PM13:15

Panel Discussion: NAC Music Alive Program NAC Orchestra 50th Anniversary Celebration

Host Sean Rice, the NAC Orchestra’s second clarinet, leads this exploration of the Orchestra’s Music Alive Program (MAP), created to empower Canada’s rural, Indigenous, and underserved communities through music and the arts. Since its creation in 2006, the program has opened musical doors and changed the lives of more than 125,000 students and music educators. Share the personal journeys and heart-warming memories of the extraordinary teaching artists who have brought their enthusiasm and artistic gifts to students, educators, and community members across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, and Atlantic Canada.

View Event →
Noon-hour Concerts: September 30 NAC Orchestra 50th Anniversary Celebration
Sep
30
12:00 PM12:00

Noon-hour Concerts: September 30 NAC Orchestra 50th Anniversary Celebration

This exciting concert is the first in the four-part series of free noon-hour concerts commemorating the NAC Orchestra at 50. This series will celebrate musicians with connections to the NAC Orchestra’s outstanding local and national education programs. The NAC Music Alive Program (MAP) has empowered Canada’s rural, Indigenous and underserved communities through music and the arts since 2006. Three MAP teaching artists from Alberta, where MAP was born, will share the music, stories, and interactive activities that have made MAP such a powerful vehicle for growth and creativity.

View Event →
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.

View Event →
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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

View Event →
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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

View Event →
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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

View Event →
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.

View Event →
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.

View Event →
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!

View Event →
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.

 

View Event →