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War & Peace: A Music Festival for Our Time

For hundreds of generations, music has expressed the inexpressible – to soothe, celebrate, reflect, make a statement, or distract in times of great turmoil. Some of the greatest music for orchestra and the human voice, was born out of the need to help us come to terms with war. Maestro Roberto Minczuk leads this two-week Festival exploring the music of war and peace. The cornerstone is a musical monument to Canada's soldiers, the world premiere of the largest commission in the CPO’s history, Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation.

The CPO has partnered with many organizations to enhance the festival experience, from engaging displays in our lobby to activities throughout the city.

Save with the War & Peace Festival Pass - access to all festival concerts and events. Limited quantities available.

SECTION Adult/Senior/Student You Save!
A $447 $113
B $367 $93
C $317 $93
D $237 $73
E $197 $23

  • To order the War & Peace Festival 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 Virtuosity Festival concerts and events.
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Speaking of War & Peace

Monday, October 29, 2012 – 7pm
The Plaza Theatre
1133 Kensington Rd NW

Katherine Duncan, Host
Roberto Minczuk, CPO Music Director
Jeffrey Ryan, Composer
Suzanne Steele, War Poet
Kenneth DeLong, Music Historian
CPO Musicians

Join special guests for an evening of thought provoking discussion that explores how war and peace have shaped artistic expression throughout history.

Monday, October 29, 2012 – 7pm Buy Tickets


1812 Overture
The 25th Anniversary of the Carthy Organ

Thursday, November 1, 2012 – 8pm
Pre-concert Chat - 7:10pm
Afterthoughts - Post-concert

Jack Singer Concert Hall
Roberto Minczuk, Conductor
Nancy Maultsby, Mezzo-Soprano
Neil Cockburn, Organ
Calgary Philharmonic Chorus

Hear the cannons sound! Tchaikovsky's triumphant 1812 Overture crowns this evening that includes Prokofiev's thrilling orchestral and choral score for the film Alexander Nevsky and Saint-Saëns' organ showcase, Lauriers, which celebrates the end of WWI and marks the 25th Anniversary of our mighty Carthy Organ.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 – 8pm Buy Tickets


Leningrad Symphony & the Warsaw Concerto

Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 8pm
Pre-concert Chat - 7:10pm
Afterthoughts - Post-concert

Jack Singer Concert Hall
Roberto Minczuk, Conductor
Rolf Bertsch, Piano

The stirring Warsaw Concerto, composed in the midst of WWII, moves through the emotions of love, pain and hope. Written during the siege of Leningrad, Shostakovich’s powerful Seventh Symphony is one of his most dramatic works – an unforgettable examination of war and the search for peace.

Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 8pm Buy Tickets


Songs of the War Years:
A 1940s Musical Revue

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 – 7:30pm
Learn more – 6:40pm

Jack Singer Concert Hall
Mélanie Léonard, Associate Conductor
Five by Design

Take a sentimental journey back to the golden days of live radio, when the music of Glenn Miller and friends ruled the airwaves, providing a diversion from the world at war. With authentic 1940s costumes, this revue features hits like The Trolley Song, Moonlight Serenade and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy mixed with retro radio jingles.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 – 7:30pm Buy Tickets


Passchendaele: The Film

Friday, November 9, 2012 – 7pm
The Plaza Theatre
1133 Kensington Rd NW

Take your seat at a special screening of the award winning film, Passchendaele, featuring Canadian star Paul Gross. Set during the height of WWI, this is a story of the passion, courage and dedication of the heroes who fought in battle, and the ones who loved them.

Filmed on location in Calgary, Fort MacLeod and Belgium.
Viewer discretion is advised.

Friday, November 9, 2012 – 7pm Buy Tickets


Cenovus Energy and TransCanada Present Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation

Saturday, November 10, 2012 – 8pm
Learn more - 7:10pm

Jack Singer Concert Hall
Roberto Minczuk, Conductor
Zorana Sadiq, Soprano
Rebecca Hass, Mezzo-Soprano
Benjamin Butterfield, Tenor
Tyler Duncan, Baritone
Calgary Philharmonic Chorus
Cantaré Children's Choir

In commemoration of the end of Canada’s combat mission in Afghanistan, the CPO has embarked on the largest commission in its history – a Requiem written to capture the profound loss, heartbreak and hope experienced in the struggle for peace. This distinctly Canadian event incorporates war art with historical and contemporary military imagery and serves as a monument to the sacrifices made by our Canadian servicemen and women.

Created in partnership with One Yellow Rabbit.

This work includes material of a graphic nature. Audience discretion is advised.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 – 8pm Buy Tickets

Gala Reception
Post-show join us in the lobby for food, drink and songs of the WWII era. Meet military and government dignitaries, guest artists and creators of the Requiem. Gala tickets: $250 includes priority concert seating and helps send Afghanistan veterans to the concert (portion tax receiptable).

Call 403.571.0849 for tickets.


There Will Be Rest: Choral Recital

Monday, November 12, 2012 – 7:30pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer
218 7 Avenue SE

Timothy Shantz, Founder and Artistic Director
Luminous Voices

The beauty and power of the human voice will move you in this evening of Remembrance featuring vocal gems from the Renaissance to the present day. This premiere performance of Calgary’s first professional choir, Luminous Voices, includes some of the finest ensemble singers from the province and throughout Canada.

Monday, November 12, 2012 – 7:30pm Buy Tickets


Ode to Joy

Friday, November 16, 2012 – 8pm
Pre-concert Entertainment - 7:10pm

Jack Singer Concert Hall
Roberto Minczuk, Conductor
Dominique Labelle, Soprano
Meg Bragle, Mezzo-Soprano
Benjamin Butterfield, Tenor
Brett Polegato, Baritone
Adam Zinatelli, Trumpet
Calgary Philharmonic Chorus

Beethoven’s profound Ninth Symphony evokes humanity’s continuous search for peace and hope. Paired with John Adams’ The Wound Dresser – a tender portrait of compassion during war – this performance is an exploration of the human spirit.

Friday, November 16, 2012 – 8pm Buy Tickets

Festival Closing Celebration
Celebrate the Festival finale as you enjoy food and drink with Maestro Minczuk, CPO Musicians and the Chorus. Tickets included with your Festival Pass or only $50.

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 10:00 pm Buy Tickets

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