MEETING CANCELLED: Calgary Philharmonic (CPO) Presentation
Apr 23, 2020
MEETING CANCELLED: Calg. Philharmonic Presentation
MEETING CANCELLED: Calgary Philharmonic (CPO) Presentation

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is a pillar of Calgary’s vibrant arts community and since 1955, has grown to be one of Canada’s most celebrated live music ensembles. Each Season, the CPO presents classical masterworks, pop favourites, bold collaborations, and cutting-edge new works. Led by Music Director Rune Bergmann, the CPO consistently attracts world renowned guest artists and dynamic conductors. The Orchestra welcomes over 100,000 visitors annually and, in 2017, launched its live-stream initiative — an immersive, digital concert experience for audiences around the world.

At the start of the 2017/2018 Season, the CPO welcomed a new era of leadership with Maestro Rune Bergmann stepping into the role as Music Director after a decade of leadership under Grammy and Emmy Award-winning conductor Roberto Minczuk.

Norwegian conductor Rune Bergmann is considered among today’s most talented Scandinavian conductors. His elegant interpretations and reputation as an inspiring and profound musician continue to attract the attention of orchestras around the world. He has been Principal Guest Conductor of Lithuania’s Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra since 2013 and Artistic Director of Norway’s innovative Fjord Cadenza Festival since its inception in 2010. Maestro Bergmann enters this role with prominent vision to showcase the CPO on the world stage.

The CPO was created in the 1955 merger of the Alberta Philharmonic and the Calgary Symphony. Performing in Calgary’s Grand Theatre to a small but enthusiastic audience at first, the Calgary Philharmonic gained wider attention in 1957 with the completion of its first home, the Jubilee Auditorium. As the audience grew and public acclaim heightened, in 1985 the Calgary Philharmonic moved to its permanent home in Arts Commons’ (formerly EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts) Jack Singer Concert Hall, one of North America’s most acoustically acclaimed venues.