Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

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Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO)
Orchestra
Founded 1955
Concert hall Jack Singer Concert Hall
Principal conductor (post vacant)
Website www.calgaryphil.com

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is a Canadian orchestra, based in Calgary, Alberta. The orchestra gives the majority of its performances in the Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons. It is also the resident orchestra for the Calgary Opera, Alberta Ballet Company, and the Honens International Piano Competition.

History[edit]

The Orchestra has a relatively short history, which began in 1910 with the founding of the First Calgary Symphony by violinist A.P. Howell. In 1947, the New Calgary Symphony was formed by Clayton Hare with members of the Mount Royal Orchestra and the previous Calgary Symphony.

In 1955, the Dutch conductor Henry Plukker created the Alberta Philharmonic, which in the same year merged with the Calgary Symphony. The new name for the combined orchestra was the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Prelude, the orchestra's program magazine, began publication in October 1975 and continues to be their official concert programme. The Orchestra often features the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, a chorus of over 120 members.

In 2001, management of the orchestra initiated a lockout and salaries of the players were cut by an average of 20 percent. In 2002, the orchestra had declared bankruptcy. In 2003, the orchestra came out of receivership, and Mike Bregazzi became their CEO and president. He retired from these posts in 2005.[1] Ann Lewis Luppino became the orchestra's next CEO.[2] Lewis Luppino retired in June 2015, and Paul Dornian was named the new President & CEO.

Hans Graf, music director from 1994 to 2003, is currently music director laureate of the orchestra. The most recent music director of the orchestra was Roberto Minczuk,[3] who was named to the post in July 2005 and served as music director from 2006 to 2016. Minczuk now has the title of music director laureate, shared with Graf.

In March 2016, Rune Bergmann made his first guest-conducting appearance with the orchestra. Based on this appearance, in July 2016, the orchestra named Bergmann its next music director, effective with the 2017-2018 season. Bergmann is to hold the title of music director designate for the 2016-2017 season.[4]

Music directors[edit]

Recordings[edit]

The orchestra has made over 10 recordings for CBC Records, including the following works:

  • Franz Liszt Piano Concertos (Janina Fialkowska, Piano)
  • Cello Concerti of Elgar & Saint-Saëns (Shauna Rolston, Cello)
  • Mozart – 12 Overtures (Mario Bernardi, Conductor)
  • Mendelssohn – Symphonies 1 & 5 (Mario Bernardi, Conductor)
  • Schumann – Symphonies No. 1, 2, 3 & 4 (Mario Bernardi, Conductor)
  • Mahler - Symphony No. 1 (Hans Graf, Music Director)
  • Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 with Pavel Kolesnikov (Roberto Minczuk, Music Director and Pavel Kolesnikov, piano)
  • Rhapsody in Blue: The Best of George Gerswhin (Roberto Minczuk, Music Director)
  • Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (Roberto Minczuk, Music Director)
  • Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8 (Roberto Minczuk, Music Director)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Emily Quinn (2005-08-04). "President and CEO of Calgary Philharmonic Announces Retirement". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  2. ^ Ben Mattison (2006-01-06). "Calgary Philharmonic Names CEO". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  3. ^ Ben Mattison (2005-07-20). "Calgary Philharmonic Names Roberto Minczuk Music Director". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Conductor Rune Bergmann Named Music Director of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra" (PDF) (Press release). Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-12. 

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