Sneak Peek: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Turns 60

Festivals, Mahler and Eclectic Programming Highlight Anniversary Season

Amy Jo Espetveidt, Calgary Culture
September 30, 2015

In 1955 Calgary was in the middle of a major boom, doubling the population in just eight short years. It also saw a massive trial evacuation to test Cold War readiness, Home Oil had become one of the largest independent Canadian producers of oil and gas, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra was born.

Now celebrating its 60th Anniversary Season, it’s hard to imagine a time before we as Calgarians had season after season of great musical performances to choose from, both classical and non-traditional alike.

“It has really become a world-class orchestra in the 60 years of its history,” says Heather Slater, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Director of Artistic Planning. “We’ve had several different music directors over those 60 years and each one has brought a new quality and a new approach to what the orchestra is doing. It has become a very versatile ensemble as well and our programming has diversified a great deal. We’re now performing everything from classics to traditional pops to rock concerts to video games—you name it. This is the kind of orchestra that can play anything at a very high level.” 

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InvestYYC Spotlight: Arden of Faversham

Alice was a dame who liked the good things in life, the sort of things a wealthy husband could buy. But when she fell for a young up-and-comer, this sweetheart decided to take matters into other people's hands.

You might think Artists' Collective Theatre's production of Arden of Faversham is something out of 1950s Hollywood. But in truth, it was first printed in 1592. The author is unknown, but it (or parts of it) has been attributed to Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, and even the bard himself, William Shakespeare.

Help support this production, set to run October 22 to 30 at Festival Hall (1215 10th Ave. SE).

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