The Calgary Civic Symphony and the Alberta Music Teachers Association have partnered for more than 30 years to provide the Calgary Concerto Competition open to aspiring young classical musicians between the ages of 11 and 18. In 2018 they were joined by the Rotary Club of Calgary and the Rotary Calgary Concerto Competition was born. On June 10th, the Civic will bring the winners of the 2018 competition to the Stage of the Jack Singer Concert Hall as we present “RISING STARS”. These are exceptional young musicians and this is not a concert you will want to miss! Past winners include Will Fedkenheuer (professional violinist and member of the Miro Quartet), Arnold Choi (principal cellist for CPO), Estelle Choi (Cellist and member of the Calidore String Quartet), Jan Lisiecki (internationally renowned concert pianist) .
The Civic will bring our “Music of the Americas” season to a close featuring the music of two composers, one Canadian and one American. “Fall Fair” by Canadian composer Godfrey Ridout is said to be “a tour-de-force of a piece. So many emotions and imagery being portrayed: boisterous revelry, ho-down country fiddling, nostalgic look back to summer, and maybe even a little love theme in there too”. Finally, you will want to fasten your seatbelts for “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” - 4 ½ minutes of the most adrenaline-packed “pedal to the metal” music in the repertoire by American composer John Adams.
Our pre-concert chat will be packed with more incredible music as we present the runners-up from the 2018 Rotary Calgary Concerto Competition. These young musicians will set the stage for the ultimate performance the Civic Symphony featuring the winners from the Rotary C3.
The Calgary Civic Symphony was founded in 1975 as Calgary’s volunteer orchestra. Over the years, the Civic has swelled to over 80 musicians. With an interesting diversity in professions, its members come together each week to rehearse complex orchestral works. Under the baton of Artistic Director and Conductor Rolf Bertsch, the Symphony shapes and polishes performances that are truly brilliant! In fact, the Civic is often confused with Calgary’s other—but professional—orchestra.
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