Following a safe and successful return to performances this fall, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is launching an exciting lineup of in-person and virtual winter concerts starting in December and featuring popular holiday traditions, internationally renowned guest artists, world premieres of new works, community collaborations, and more. The organization will also continue its cautious approach to reopening, gradually increasing capacity to around half of the Jack Singer Concert Hall from January 2022.
âI was delighted to be back in Calgary this fall to reconnect with our wonderful musicians and audiences,â said Music Director Rune Bergmann. “We have enjoyed a safe and successful return to live performances and I look forward to building on that with this exciting winter concert lineup that will blow your mind.”
The winter series kicks off in December with a trio of holiday performances, starting with a beloved Christmas tradition, George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, on December 4-5. This concert also marks the return of the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus for its first live performance since March. 2020. Building on the popularity of last year’s virtual holiday concert, the Calgary Phil presents Holidays at Home – seasonal favorites that people can enjoy online from the comfort of their own homes. The concert will begin on December 18 and will remain available for viewing for 30 days. The festivities end with the New Year’s Eve concert Salute to Vienna on January 1, a joyous celebration featuring the music of Johann strauss with singers, dancers and large orchestra.
On January 15 and 16, the Calgary Phil presents a must-see concert of 2022: virtuoso pianist Yuja wang. âYuja has captivated audiences around the world with her talent and energy and the Orchestra is delighted to welcome her to our stage,â said Bergmann. Yuja wang has strong ties to Calgary – the Beijing-born classical music superstar completed the Morningside Music Bridge program and studied at the Mount Royal University Conservatory. This concert is presented with the generous support of a local philanthropist Heather edwards.
In February, the Calgary Phil celebrates the results of two unique collaborations involving multiple artists. In the summer of 2021, as part of the Black Lives Matter Murals Project with Pink Flamingo, mural artists were invited to respond to a new work by Canadian composer Laura Hawley, written for the Calgary Phil Chorus and based on the poem by LR Knost I Rise. This commission will premiere on February 5 during a concert conducted by conductor Leslie Dunner which will showcase the mural and also present music by Duke Ellington and Florence Award.
âWorking with other artists and organizations helps us showcase exciting new projects and perspectives,â said Marc Stevens, President and CEO of Calgary Phil. âLaura’s creation with the gorgeous Calgary Phil Chorus – originally recorded in their cars due to COVID-19 restrictions! – and her inspiration and challenge for the Black Lives Matter Murals Project, is the start of a friendship of vital beauty with the incredible artists of Pink Flamingo as we learn together through dialogue and art. “
The second collaboration is a free four-part online series, The Bear and the Wild Rose, which is directed by much-loved and well-respected musician and humanitarian Tom Jackson and includes new works by four Indigenous composers: Cris Derksen, Sonny- Ray Day Rider, Jessica McMann and J. Alex Young. A new episode focusing on one of the four themes (Love, Home, Magic and Resilience) will be released online every Sunday afternoon in February – each episode features the Orchestra performing new work, stories and original songs. by Tom Jackson, and illustrations by Rita Wildschut.
âWe are incredibly fortunate to have singer-songwriter Tom Jackson as our guide for this special project featuring Indigenous stories, perspectives and musicians,â Stevens said. âMy heart broke when I heard Tom Jackson say to the Calgary Phil players as we started recording together, ‘The most important thing I can say to you today is: I love you. “The results are magical and worked with love by these four good composers.”
Other highlights this winter include: a concert with the Calgary Phil Concertmaster headlining Diana cohen and the famous conductor Karen Kamensek with the fifth violin concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; an evening of romantic music by Italian composers conducted by musical director Rune Bergmann and featuring dynamic Canadian soprano Marie-JosÃ©e Lord; Ludwig van Beethovenof Symphony No. 4 paired with her Piano Concerto No. 4, performed by famous pianist Katherine Chi – the only Canadian and the only woman to win the prestigious Honens Prize – as well as the debut of a new work by the composer Canadian Jocelyn Morlock inspired by the Fourth Symphony; a tribute to Queen, one of the greatest rock bands in history, with Jeans’ n Classics and the Revv52 Calgary choir; and the return of Calgary Phil’s popular Family Mornings with The Caboose That Got Loose, a new commission from composer Scott Good that brings this beloved children’s story to life.
âThe return to performing arts has been powerful and moving,â says Stevens. “We look forward to having more of you in the room as we rebuild the Calgary Phil experience together – the audience is a critical part of a performance. Thank you for trusting us for your safety and for your continued passion for superb concerts. orchestral performances. “
The 2021/2022 season is released in three parts to allow flexibility as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Tickets for the winter concerts go on sale to the public on Tuesday, November 16 (subscribers will have early access November 4) and will be sold in groups of one to four. Capacity is limited to leave space between each group. If capacity increases as the season progresses, ticket holders will be notified in advance and will have first access to purchase additional tickets. The spring concert schedule, from mid-March to June 2022, will be announced at the end of January 2022.
For full winter concert details and digital brochure, visit calgaryphil.com/hiver-21-22.