Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra cancels 2021 performances

Oct 28 2020, 6:34 pm

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has cancelled its in-person concerts for the 2020/2021 season.

A release from the organizations states that, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it has elected to cancel any in-person performances for the foreseeable future.

However, the band will still be getting back together to bring music to Calgarians (and anyone else who cares to listen) with free virtual concerts throughout the fall.

These concerts can be viewed online either live or within 30 days of the performance.

“Thousands of people from the community have tuned in to enjoy the first concerts in our series and we’re excited to have so many loyal subscribers and new classical music fans joining us online,” said Music Director Rune Bergmann in the release.

“We continue with chamber music ensembles featuring our own musicians performing a combination of contemporary and classical works, then as the holidays approach, we have some special projects lined up to fill your homes with seasonal music.”

Those hoping to listen in will be able to do so at CPO’s shows on November 21, November 28, and December 5.

All shows will begin at 7:30 pm and can be found at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s website.

November 21 will feature the music of Ticheli, Nielsen, and Mendelssohn, November 28 will be Böhme and Tchaikovsky, and December 5 will be Walker and Beethoven.

Paul Dornian, the president and CEO of Calgary Phil, said in the release that the cancellation of in-person performances was due largely in part to the gathering restrictions still being imposed by the Province of Alberta.

“Although we hoped to resume our Season in the new year, it’s simply not physically or financially feasible due to the ongoing limits on the size of indoor gatherings, combined with travel issues affecting our guest artists. We continue to monitor the situation and when the time is right we’ll start opening our doors to small, physically distanced audiences,” he said.

“We’re still hopeful that we will be able to offer some very special events for our community before the end of the season. Meanwhile, we’re committed to bringing music to our community online.”

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