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In a world experiencing COVID chaos and war, the Calgary Philharmonic is offering a salve for the soul. It will open its 2022-23 season in September with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, a work long considered a call for peace and freedom from oppression. It sets an inspiring tone for the orchestra’s upcoming season.
“As we share the experience of live music with our communities, we aim to regain balance in our lives and restore our souls as we slowly emerge from a long pandemic,” said Calgary Phil president and CEO Marc Stevens.
Music director Rune Bergmann sees performance as a way to transport people from the everyday.
“Music brings light and colour to the world – it is the expression of our lives. Whether it’s joy or sorrow, passion or adventure, a live orchestra performance is an invitation to embark on a journey,” said
Calgary Philarmonic announced its lineup on Tuesday night and it’s chock full of 40 programs, including five world premieres, and both large-scale and intimate events in seven different venues. Works will include music from renowned composers like Ludwig van Beethoven, Gustav Mahler (Fifth Symphony), Igor Stravinsky (Firebird), Johannes Brahms (German Requiem) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Concerto for Two Pianos) as well as modern contemporaries such as John Williams, Ennio Morricone and the Beatles.
Featured artists include three-time Grammy winner saxophonist Branford Marsalis, international violinist Karen Gomyo and drag superstar Tynomi Banks as well as local stars and emerging performers.
The orchestra did have a good lineup of events this past season after two years of relative inactivity due to the pandemic. But this upcoming season is packed with performances and the musicians are as eager to retake the stage as are audiences, said Bergmann.
“The music is enhanced by seeing the musicians performing on stage and feeling the reactions of fellow concertgoers. That is what drives us to play music of all kinds for all people, and the audience is part of making the magic happen.”
Bergmann will lead several of the concerts this will and will be joined by Grammy Award-winning conductor Roberto Minczuk and associate conductor Karl Hirzer. This season will also mark Calgary Phil Chorus’s 60th anniversary and a special celebration concert is planned for April 2023.
Several family-friendly concerts are scheduled and Calgary Phil will continue its collaboration with partner agencies such as Alberta Ballet School (Firebird), Pink Flamingo (I Rise), One Yellow Rabbit (Brahms vs Radiohead) and the Calgary International Film Festival (Marvel Studios Presents Black Panther).
For more information on the 2022/2023 season and a full list of concerts, visit calgaryphil.com