The music hasn’t entirely been silenced as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has been busy for the past year with online events. But nothing replaces a live performance as the sounds of cellos and violins and trumpets reach across the Jack Singer Concert Hall.
The 2021/2022 season will be released in three parts — Fall, Winter, and Spring. The Fall Season will begin with smaller, physically distanced audiences and masking and will include 10 concerts between September and November. There will be a mix of classics and new music, movie and musical hits, and Canadian guest artists including fiddler Ashley MacIsaac and soprano Anna-Sophie Neher. In addition, the CPO will continue some virtual programming, including a collaboration with Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society.
The first concerts, led by associated conductor Karl Hirzer, on Sept. 10 and 11 are for frontline workers who kept essential services running during the pandemic. People are invited to nominate someone who made a difference to have a chance to attend the concert with a guest.
“I can’t wait to be with our musicians in front of a live audience after more than a year apart,” says music director Rune Bergmann. “This period has not been easy for any of us, and a lot of changes have taken place in our lives and in our world, but I believe we have all found an even greater appreciation for music and how it can bring us together.”
Bergmann will also mark his return to the stage on Sept. 17 and 18 to conduct Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. “I’m thrilled to be back to conduct Beethoven’s Eroica. This was the last symphony we performed on stage in March 2020, so it’s only fitting to celebrate our return with this triumphant work.”
To see a list of all the concerts, go to calgaryphil.com/concerts/whats-on/fall-2021. Tickets go on sale Aug. 17.