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From the Beauty to the Pragmatics of Performance: Karl Hirzer and the Calgary Philharmonic

MUSICAlive caught up with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s newest Associate Conductor, Karl Hirzer. After some back and forth, the conversation started with the absolute basics.
“What is your job as a conductor?” we ask.

Joshua Jones meets The Esther Honens: The Percussionist and the Pianos

In their efforts to expand the diversity and reach of the piano competition performances, the Honens stretched it’s possibilities in 2012 with Bison Noir (a nod to New York’s cool, adventurous Le Poisson Rouge). Here’s what Honens says:

Xenia Concerts: A New Way to Listen?

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 is the executive and artistic director. Her performance experience is not limited to the expected carpeted venues, that’s for sure:
“Throughout my career as a violinist, I’ve had the opportunity of performing in incredible concert halls all over the world: in Berlin, in A

Happily Hectic: Vincent is Composing His Brains Out!

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 the heart of Calgary’s downtown, MUSICAlive! congratulated him on this achievement.

True North: Strong Breathtaking and Free Livestream

“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 around the world.”

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

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… Continue Reading →

The Feast of Sound and the Human Spirit

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… Continue Reading →

A Hendrix Experience, via the Turtle Island Quartet

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… Continue Reading →

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

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… Continue Reading →

Lunch with a Pipe Organ

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… Continue Reading →

The Honens’ Andrew Raeburn : July 22 1933 – August 24 2010

[feedburner name=”name”] by Carey Rutherford Most of the readers who look at MUSICAlive! on a regular basis are unlikely to know who Andrew Raeburn was, or why he should merit the headline of this space. But anyone who was in… Continue Reading →

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