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Festival Italiano

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Revel in the magnificent sounds and beautiful style of an irrepressible nation and people, as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra pays tribute to Italy's musical and cultural heritage in Festival Italiano.

Inspired by the region's creative forces - the composers, artists, filmakers and designers that form a complex tapestry throughout Italy's spectacular history - Music Director Roberto Minczuk leads the CPO through a vibrantly themed celebration of music. Indulge in the sweet life - la dolce vita, and join the CPO for Festival Italiano.

Enjoy big savings with the Festival Italiano Pass, up to $70 off regular pricing
(Includes access to all Festival concerts, Symposium and Film Screening)

SECTION Adult/Senior/Student You Save!
A $415 $70
B $320 $65
C $275 $60
D $175 $60
E $125 $10

  • To order the Festival Italiano Pass call the CPO Box Office at 403.571.0849.
  • Classics Masterworks, Serenade and Destination subscribers get even more savings -
    call 403.571.0849 for details!
  • View single ticket prices for the Festival Italiano concerts and events.
  • Refer to the seating map to select your Price Section.

Festival Italiano Symposium
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 7pm
The Plaza Theatre

Join the CPO's Music Director, Maestro Roberto Minczuk and celebrity guests as we launch Festival Italiano in an evening of lively discussion exploring the impact of Italy on classical music and popular culture.

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Tosca in Concert
Friday, October 25, 2013 - 8pm
Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 8pm

An all-star cast leads you through this gripping tale of torture, murder and blackmail. Feel the emotion of the opera's hits like E lucevan le stelle and Vissi d'arte, presented to feature Puccini's inventive orchestration like never before.

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Roberto Minczuk


La Dolce Vita: Film Screening
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 7pm
The Plaza Theatre

Federico Fellini's Academy® Award-winning 1960 film La Dolce Vita ("The Sweet Life") is resplendent with Italian fashion and style, and remains an influential must-see in world cinema.

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Italian Film Music: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 7:30pm

Explore decades of popular cinema in this reverent nod to classic Italian film scores. Featuring Ennio Morricone's ubiquitous The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Cinema Paradiso, Nino Rota's haunting The Godfather, Nicola Piovani's delightful Life is Beautiful and other essential Italian scores. This concert celebrates Italian film music at its finest.

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Italian Gala

Exclusive Fashion Show
Friday, November 1, 2013
Devonian Gardens, The CORE Shopping Centre

Entrepreneur philanthropist W. Brett Wilson hosts the VIP Reception, at this exclusive Holt Renfrew runway-style fashion gala showcasing the hottest Italian fashion and accessories in support of your CPO.
For more information, click here.

Roman Trilogy
Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 8pm

Zesty and vibrant – Respighi’s trilogy of symphonic poems from Rome paints vivid images of the Eternal City. This concert marks the much anticipated return of enthralling Canadian violinist Lara St. John, performing Paganini’s fiendish “La Campanella”.

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Postcards from Italy: A Musical Travelogue
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 8pm

Experience Italy through the eyes of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and more, who were all captivated as tourists by the region's beauty and charm. Grammy®-nominated conductor Alastair Willis guides the Orchestra through a travelogue of melodies inspired and influenced by the composers' personal voyages.

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Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 8pm
Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 8pm

One of the most popular classical works of all time, Vivaldi’s must-hear concertos still deliver the ‘wow’ factor nearly 300 years later. Brilliant violinists from the CPO create colourful musical images from nature, bringing the sounds, textures and sensations of the revolving seasons vividly to life.

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A Tour of Baroque Italy: Music & Art

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 2pm
Glenbow Theatre, Glenbow Museum

Presented by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, in partnership with The Glenbow Museum, Phil's Café and Leighton Art Centre, embark on a rich cultural tour of Baroque Italy.

Experience authentic Baroque music with Phil's Café – a four musician ensemble featuring the CPO's principal cellist Philip Hansen, two violins and lute, while guest speaker Tony Luppino, Executive Director of Leighton Art Centre explores the era's vibrant music and art history.

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Festival Italiano Restaurant Partners

Make sure you check out our partner's
exclusive Festival Italiano menus:

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Special Offer from Fairmont Palliser

Attendees to Festival Italiano can take advantage of a Special Rate Offer from our Hotel Partner Fairmont Palliser.

Valid: Friday & Saturday Night Stays between:
October 25th – November 10th, 2013

Guestroom Daily Rate (excluding applicable taxes): $129
(For additional room types and prices please contact Fairmont)

At their leisure, guests may contact the Fairmont Global Reservations Office by calling 1-800-231-0644 or emailing our In House Reservations Department at and asking for
Festival Italiano Rate Offer or referring to the reservations FEST1013.

Please note, guests may book accommodation on a space available basis only. The rate will be guaranteed based on availability up until
November 8th, 2013.


Thank You To Our Festival Partners



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