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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Calgary Pro Musica Society Announces 2011/2012 Season

Calgary Pro Musica Society Announces 2011/2012 Season

Line-up includes two Canadian classical music premieres

(Calgary, Alberta – July 18, 2011) Some of the world’s most exciting chamber music ensembles will make their way to Alberta during the Calgary Pro Musica Society’s 2011-2012 Season starting on October 2, 2011. This year’s lineup includes artists from France, England and the United States – as well as not one, but two, Canadian premieres!

France’s Quatuor Ébène (or “Ébène Quartet” in English), Britain’s Stile Antico, New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre and Trio Solisti, and Canada’s St. Lawrence String Quartet are among the featured performers. This year’s lineup also includes a new Special Event Concert by Banff International String Quartet Competition winners, the Cecilia String Quartet – and the debut of works never heard before in Canada.

“The St. Lawrence String Quartet will perform a new work by composer Osvaldo Golijov, commissioned by the Quartet. This is a big deal because he’s such a well known and respected composer. Our other premiere is the Stacy Garrop composition, Quartet No. 4: Illuminations, that the Cecilia String Quartet is playing,” says Calgary Pro Musica Society Artistic Director Dean O’Brien.

“We’ve got music from the 1500s to the 21st century this season, so we’ve got a huge range of music, and a good mix of woodwinds, string quartet and voice. The range of repertoire is astounding. We’ve got Canadian premieres, jazz and pop standards from Quatuor Ébène, and more traditional pieces. It’s a huge historical coverage, probably a 600 year span of music,” says O’Brien.

Calgary Pro Musica Society’s upcoming 2011-2012 concerts:

Sunday October 2, 2011 at 7 p.m. and Monday October 3, 2011 at 8 p.m.

  • Trio Solisti – New Yorker Magazine calls them “the most exciting piano trio in America.” Trio Solisti is comprised of three brilliant instrumentalists - violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff. The New York group will bring their exciting program of Schumann, Beethoven and Chausson to Calgary.

Monday October 24, 2011 at 8 p.m.

NEW Special Event Concert in partnership with the Banff Centre of the Arts

  • Cecilia String Quartet – The 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) winners help Calgary Pro Musica Society kick off this new collaborative series. Toronto’s Cecilia String Quartet won Second Prize at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, and is the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. This new series will happen every three years.

Sunday November 6, 2011 at 7 p.m. and Monday November 7, 2011 at 8 p.m.

  • St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) – Always a big draw in Calgary, Canada’s SLSQ has established itself among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation. The SLSQ continually delights audiences with its spontaneous, passionate, and dynamic performances. The SLSQ is both Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University, and visiting artists at the University of Toronto.

Sunday February 5, 2012 at 7 p.m. and Monday February 6, 2012 at 8 p.m.

  • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre (CMS) - The Society is one of twelve constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. In 2012, CMS returns to Calgary, but will feature something new this tour: a piano and woodwind quintet. This year’s program is called “Winds of France” and features works by Poulenc, Emmanuel, Maresz, Francaix and Ibert.

Sunday March 11, 2012 at 7 p.m. and Monday March 12, 2012 at 8 p.m.

  • Quatuor Ébène (Ébène Quartet) - Distinguished by its youth, open-mindedness, and versatility, France’s Ebène Quartet has had a meteoric rise to the top. Now among the world’s most sought-after quartets, Quatuor Ébène made its U.S. debut tour in March 2009 to widespread, dazzling critical acclaim. The evenings’ program combines Mozart, Borodin, and jazz and pop standards reimagined by the Quartet

Sunday April 15, 2012 at 7 p.m. and Monday April 16, 2012 at 8 p.m.

  • Stile Antico Stile Antico is an ensemble of young British singers, now established as one of the most original and exciting new voices in its field. Prize winners at the 2005 Early Music Network International Young Artists’ Competition, the group is much in demand in concert, performing regularly throughout Europe and North America.

Sunday April 22, 2012 at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

  • Family Concert: The Snow Queen – Director Alon Nashman draws us into the captivating magical landscape of Hans Christian Anderson’s chilling fairytale in this gorgeous multimedia production. Nashman animates a world in which a brave little girl must face her fears and defy the odds to rescue her best friend from a malicious, icy monarch. The atmospheric music of composer Patrick Cardy is performed on stage by Calgary’s Lily Quartet. Ideal for kids aged 5-15 and their families.

[Tickets $15 (adult) and $12 (child/student/senior)]

Monday April 30, 2012 at 8 p.m.

  • Young Artists Development Program Debut Concert intended to discover, nurture and promote young Calgary musicians. Participants in the program receive exclusive instruction from the Pro Musica visiting artists. Come hear Calgary’s finest young talent showcased in this special event concert.

[Tickets $10 (adult) and $5 (child/student/senior)]

All performances will take place at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall in the Rozsa Centre at the University of Calgary.

Annual subscriptions are $145 (adults) and $110 (students/seniors). Tickets for individual concerts are $40 (adults) and $30 (students/seniors) unless otherwise posted.

Subscriptions and tickets can be purchased from the Calgary Pro Musica Society by calling (403) 244-8277.

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