Attending Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Rehearsals


Enjoy glorious live music and a behind-the-scenes look at the
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO)

The interactions between the conductor, the members of the orchestra, and the audience add to the fun!

This is the best deal in town. For only $10.00 you can experience the enjoyment of a wonderful concert by world class musicians from the best seats in the house.

The CPO designates a number of concert rehearsals throughout the year to which they invite an audience of senior and student groups.

As a participant in “Attending CPO Rehearsals”, you can expect to:

  • Enjoy a variety of between 6 to 8 concerts offered in Calgary’s excellent musical venue by Calgary’s best orchestral musicians, guest artists and conductors.
  • Develop a heightened appreciation of classical and orchestral works and their composers.
  • Pay a fraction of the price of attending an evening concert.
  • Choose to sit wherever you want in the concert hall.
  • Enjoy the interaction between conductor and musicians in a working rehearsal.
  • Have opportunities to socialize with other CALL members at intermission and after at an informal lunch nearby, usually at Capuccino’s.

As a member of the CALL “Attending CPO Rehearsals” group, you arrive at the Jack Singer Hall in the Arts Commons downtown at 9:30 am, identify yourself as a CALL member and pay the $10.00 concert fee directly to CPO staff.

The concert rehearsals promptly start at 10 am and finish at 12:30 pm, usually with a short intermission.

The 2017-2018 Senior Open Rehearsals calendar consists of the following 7 concerts:

1.    Friday, 13 October, New World Symphony & Kronos Quartet 
Conductor – Rune Bergmann; Guest Artists – Kronos Quartet 

2.    Thursday, 23 November, Blockbusters You Know and Love 
Conductor – Karl Hirzer; Guest Artist – Andrew Brownell piano        

3.    Friday, 26 January, From Russia with Love: Tchaikovsky 
Conductor -- Tania Miller; Guest Artist – Maciej Kutakowski cello

4.    Friday, 16 February, Romantic Rachmaninoff with Luca Buratto 
Conductor – Hans Graf; Guest Artist – Luca Buratto piano

5.     Friday, 2 March, Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff 
Conductor – Rune Bergmann; Guest Artist – Nina Feng violin

6.     Friday, 11 May, Mozart & Bruckner 
Conductor – Rune Bergmann; Guest Artist – Fei-Fei Dong piano

7.     Friday, 1 June, Take Flight: The Firebird & Cantus Arcticus 
Conductor – Rune Bergmann; Guest Artist – Sharon Kam clarinet

More information about the concert pieces can be found on the CPO website:

The facilitator for this group is W. (Bill) Barclay.

Registering for the group this year is not required.  *Before you participate in the group, you must be a member of CALL. 

**Image usage under Creative Commoms by ABC Informatica, “Orchestra of the 18th Century”


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