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Festival Italiano

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, filmmakers 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.
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Festival Italiano Symposium

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 – 7pm
The Plaza Theatre
Roberto Minczuk, CPO Music Director
Katherine Duncan, Host
Kenneth DeLong, Music Historian
CPO Musicians

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 this fascinating country on classical music and popular culture.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 – 7pm Buy Tickets


Tosca: The Complete Opera in Concert

Friday, October 25, 2013 – 8pm
Saturday, October 26, 2013 – 8pm

Jack Singer Concert Hall
Roberto Minczuk, Conductor
Angela Brown, Soprano
Jay Hunter Morris, Tenor
Richard Zeller, Baritone
Bruce Kelly, Baritone
Daniel Okulitch, Bass-Baritone

An all-star cast including superstar tenor Jay Hunter Morris leads you through this gripping operatic tale of torture, murder and blackmail. This complete performance features timeless classics E lucevan le stelle and Vissi d’arte.

Friday, October 25, 2013 – 8pm Buy Tickets
Saturday, October 26, 2013 – 8pm Buy Tickets


La Dolce Vita
Film Screening

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 – 7pm
Engineered Air Theatre: EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts

Federico Fellini’s Academy® Award-winning 1960 film La Dolce Vita (“The Sweet Life”) is resplendent with Italian fashion and style. Depicting a tabloid journalist in decadent post-war Rome, the film coined a new word paparazzi, and remains an influential must-see in world cinema.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 – 7pm Buy Tickets

If you love Italian film as much as we do, please also check out The Calgary International Film Festival’s screenings of:
Amarcord
Me & You
The Venice Syndrome


Italian Film Music
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 – 7:30pm
Jack Singer Concert Hall
Roberto Minczuk, Conductor

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, and Nicola Piovani’s delightful Life is Beautiful. This concert celebrates Italian film music at its finest.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 – 7:30pm Buy Tickets

If you love Italian film as much as we do, please also check out The Calgary International Film Festival’s screenings of:
Amarcord
Me & You
The Venice Syndrome


Roman Trilogy featuring Lara St. John

Saturday, November 2, 2013 – 8pm
Learn More with Charles Foreman - 7:10pm

Jack Singer Concert Hall
Roberto Minczuk, Conductor
Lara St. John, Violin

Canada’s enthralling Lara St. John captivates with Paganini’s fiendish “La Campanella”, alongside a rare interpretation of Roman Trilogy, including the CPO’s first ever performance of Roman Festivals.

Saturday, November 2, 2013 – 8pm Buy Tickets


Postcards from Italy
Mozart, Mendelssohn & Tchaikovsky

Thursday, November 7, 2013 – 8pm
Learn More with Kenneth DeLong - 7:10pm

Jack Singer Concert Hall
Alastair Willis, Conductor
Adam Zinatelli, Trumpet


Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Friday, November 8, 2013 – 8pm
Saturday, November 9, 2013 – 8pm
Learn More with Kenneth DeLong - 7:10pm

Jack Singer Concert Hall
Alastair Willis, Conductor
Diana Cohen, Violin
John Lowry, Violin
Donovan Seidle, Violin
Lorna Tsai, Violin

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.

Friday, November 8, 2013 – 8pm Buy Tickets
Saturday, November 9, 2013 – 8pm Buy Tickets


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.

Includes delicious Italian pastries and coffee.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 – 2pm Buy Tickets

Message from Philip Hansen, Phil's Café:

It is with great joy that I welcome you to "A Tour of Baroque Italy: Music and Art" in partnership with the CPO, Glenbow Museum of Art, and Leighton Art Centre. Vital to the Phil's Café mission (Music For Good) is that we partner with the worthiest organizations in our community for events that serve to highlight and enhance their own valuable work. Since 2010 we have performed to the good of Chidren's Hospital, Inn from the Cold, MEOW Foundation, and several more.

Music of the Baroque has stood the test of time perhaps more than any other. My own special pleasure in performing baroque music is that I often play the role of continuo, which literally helps to "continue, rhyhmically and harmonically speaking, the melody that soars above.

My colleagues first gathered with me last summer at the Discovery Islands Festival of Chamber Music, where we performed the same program. It is an enormous pleasure to be with them again here in Calgary for this tribute to the Italian Baroque.

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