Xenia Concerts: A New Way to Listen? Apr12

Xenia Concerts: A Ne...

by Carey Rutherford and Paul Verhaegh Performance seen 09 September 2017, Studio Bell (National Music Centre), 850-4 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta Sarah Nematallah is a violinist in the Cecilia String Quartet, and she and her ensemble are also the founders of Xenia Concerts Inc., for which she...

Happily Hectic: Vincent is Composing His Brains Out! Jan06

Happily Hectic: Vinc...

by Carey Rutherford Vincent Ho is an Ottawa-born classical composer who currently teaches at the University of Calgary and, incidentally, has works being performed and premiered ALL OVER the place, in a happy demonstration of how it’s Good to be Busy. While having lunch at The Palomino, at...

True North: Strong Breathtaking and Free Livestream Dec03

True North: Strong B...

by Carey Rutherford “True North Canada 150th Celebration World Premiere” is a title evocative enough to slow most interested Canadian listeners for at least a moment or two, and the additionally interesting bit is “The CPO offers a fully immersive, digital concert experience for audiences...

Drummers and Cellists and Beethoven, Oh My: Asian Heritage and the CPO Jun21

Drummers and Cellist...

by Carey Rutherford May was Asian Heritage Month in Canada, did you know that? Well, you missed it! Unless you actually took in one of the events they organized around the city through the Asian Heritage Foundation, who describe themselves on their website as: “a non-profit, non-governmental...

The Feast of Sound and the Human Spirit May18

The Feast of Sound a...

by Carey Rutherford Erin Thrall, strangely, is a vocalist with a non-singing organization. This is not so unusual, though, as she explains that “My role is the Director of Education & Outreach for the Instrumental Society of Calgary. When I first moved here (about 15 years ago) people...

A Hendrix Experience, via  the Turtle Island Quartet Apr08

A Hendrix Experience...

by Carey Rutherford Your faithful Writer can’t help but ask, right off the start, if orchestras, or other musicians the Turtle Island Quartet encounter, harbour a strong dislike for the freedom which the TIQ exhibit in their choices of music in the quartet’s repertoire. “Because,” I say with...

The CPO shoots . . . it scores!!! Pt. 1 Jun24

The CPO shoots . . ....

by Carey Rutherford Well, a musician’s life in the classical world must have improved in the last century, because Michael has a Cadillac. Of sorts… “I play the bassoon: a 5000 Series Heckel instrument that was made in Germany in 1920. It’s considered the Cadillac of bassoons.” So,...

Lunch with a Pipe Organ Aug02

Lunch with a Pipe Or...

by Carey Rutherford I’m learning from Tim Pyper, Concert Co-Director of the Organ a la Carte Series: If you’ve been in the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in downtown Calgary (perhaps for one of the many excellent concerts it’s been putting on with different musical series over the past...