Season at a Glance

Jupiter Quartet with Phillip Ying, viola & David Ying, cello

Sunday, October 6, 2024
Monday, October 7, 2024

Vox Luminis

Sunday, November 3, 2024
Monday, November 4, 2024

“Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition Winners” – Rilian Trio

Saturday, November 16, 2024

Horszowski Trio & Todd Palmer, clarinet

Sunday, January 12, 2025
Monday, January 13, 2025

“Masterworks” – Akropolis Reed Quintet

Friday, February 7, 2025

Pavel Haas Quartet

Sunday, March 9, 2025
Monday, March 10, 2025

“Late Night with Leonard Bernstein”

Saturday, April 5, 2025

Ehnes Quartet

Friday, April 25, 2025
Saturday, April 26, 2025

Family Concert | Tough Turkey in the Big City

Sunday, May 4, 2025

Young Artist Development Program Debut Concert

Monday, May 5, 2025

2024/2025 Calgary Pro Musica Subscriptions on Sale Now.

May 5, 2024

Calgary Pro Musica is proud to welcome you to our 48th season!  It is always a thrill to bring a the finest chamber ensembles to our Calgary audiences in the beautiful Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. We have an exciting series of ensembles from Canada and around the world. Highlights include the return of the Pavel Haas Quartet with two different programs as well as a co-production with Early Music Voices to present Vox Luminis and a “multi-media cabaret” entitled Late Night with Leonard Bernstein. The season ends with the Calgary premiere of the James Ehnes String Quartet. We are thankful for the loyal support of our many subscribers and sponsors who make Calgary Pro Musica’s inspiring concerts possible.

Our subscriptions series will begin in October 2024 with a full season of concerts (5 Masters Series concerts and 3 Horizons Series concerts).   Enjoy!

Click here for a preview of the 2024/2025 Season

Ariel Quartet ends the 2023/2024 Season with High Energy Performance!

May 7, 2024

Thank you again to the @Ariel Quartet for stepping up to give our season finale concerts on May 5 & 6, 2024! We are pleased to share Dr. Kenneth DeLong’s favorable review in the Calgary Herald of the Ariel Quartet’s exciting performances.

Here are some highlights from Dr. DeLong’s Calgary Herald review:

“The Quartet offered high-energy music making presented with impeccable clarity and impressive virtuosity.” 

“Always there was that technical security and precise tuning that are the hallmarks of the best quartets, qualities that informed the final work on the program, the well-known Beethoven String Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3… This was a performance of striking brilliance, the virtuosity of the players evident at every turn, with the climaxes milked for over-the-top excitement.” 

“That the Ariel Quartet could step up to the plate with a concert of this quality and refinement on such short notice is a testament to their maturity as an ensemble and their stature in the crowded world of professional string quartets. They will be welcomed when they return.”

Click Here to read the full review.

Violist Wesley O’Brien’s Week with the Danish String Quartet

Jan. 30, 2024

Violist Wesley O’Brien (carrying a Calgary Pro Musica tote bag) with members of the Danish String Quartet at the Danish String Quartet Academy in Kerteminde, Denmark in August 2023

Wesley O’Brien, the son of Calgary Pro Musica’s Artistic Director Dean O’Brien, had the extraordinary opportunity to attend the 2023 Danish String Quartet Academy. He was the only participant from Canada! From concerts and chamber music coachings to soccer matches and tree planting, Wesley shares his experiences and his insights into what makes the Danish String Quartet so special. 

Musically, this was the most amazing week of my life. The members of the Danish String quartet had an amazing energy that I felt so lucky to be a part of… With its musical variety and unbelievable talent, it is a group unlike any other. Not to mention the musicians are wonderful human beings who are truly doing music out of love and passion, and this is abundantly clear through their performing. – Wesley O’Brien

Read Wesley’s full article with photos here

Upcoming Events

The Jupiter Quartet is joined by Phillip and David Ying, violist and cellist of the Ying Quartet, for a program of remarkable string sextets. Founded in 2001, the Jupiter Quartet is a tight-knit ensemble which is firmly established as an important voice in the world of chamber music. 

The Jupiter String Quartet, an ensemble of eloquent intensity, has matured into one of the mainstays of the American chamber-music scene.”

— The New Yorker

Brought together by their shared passion for chamber music and musical narrative, the Rilian Trio was awarded the first prize, the audience prize, and the prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned piece at the 12th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition. 

Former Calgary Pro Musica Young Artists Development Program violinist returns to Calgary with his prize-winning trio

The Horszowski Trio has quickly become a vital force in the international chamber music world. Since their debut performance in New York City in 2011, they have toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, the Far East and India, traversing the extensive oeuvre of traditional piano trio repertoire.. 

Destined for great things.

— The New Yorker

Celebrating their 15th year as “a sonically daring ensemble who specializes in performing new works with charisma and integrity” (BBC Music Magazine), the Akropolis Reed Quintet has “taken the chamber music world by storm” (Fanfare). The untamed band of 5 reed players delivers 120 concerts and educational events each year and has premiered over 130 works.

“Pure gold, shot through with tenderness and grace.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

The Pavel Haas Quartet is revered across the globe for its richness of timbre, infectious passion and intuitive rapport. They were included in BBC Music Magazine‘s 10 greatest string quartet ensembles of all time and were described as “stylistically powerful and richly sonorous, [and] known for its passionate and fearless performances.”

“The Pavel Haas Quartet is one of the truly outstanding ensembles of our time.”

— Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich

Late Night with Leonard Bernstein is an affectionate portrait of the personal side of one of the 20th century’s most charismatic and public figures. Hosted by his daughter Jamie and featuring three stellar performers – soprano Amy Burton and pianists John Musto and Michael Boriskin – this acclaimed “multi-media cabaret” celebrates Bernstein’s non-stop creativity and the entertaining he did at all hours at home.

First rate fare … the audience filled the room with lusty laughs and applause.

— New York Times

Apr 25 & 26, 2025

Hailed as “an important force in the chamber music arena” with a “dream-team line-up” (Strings), the Ehnes Quartet is comprised of four internationally renowned string musicians: violinists James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti, violist Che-Yen Chen and cellist Edward Arron. Formally established in 2010 at the Seattle Chamber Music Society, where they maintain a yearly residency, the members of the Ehnes Quartet have played chamber music together in various formations for more than 20 years.

Celebrated Canadian violinist James Ehnes brings his famed string quartet to Calgary.

What happens when a turkey from the sticks meets a Park Avenue pigeon? With the feel of an old-time radio show, Tough Turkey in the Big City follows the comic blunders of Tom Turkey, who leaves the farm to try his luck in the big city. With music by Bruce Adolphe, the story is brought to life by some of Calgary’s finest musicians and the puppet wizardry of Green Fools Theatre Company. 

Recommended for children aged 5 to 12 but created with the entire family in mind.

The Young Artists Development Program is intended to discover, nurture and promote young Calgary musicians. The resources of Calgary Pro Musica allow us to offer unique opportunities for emerging musicians in Calgary. Participants in the Program receive exclusive instruction from the prestigious CPM visiting artists, prepare and perform a series of school concerts, receive career development instruction and scholarship support. Many of our alumni are already enjoying successful music careers of their own.

Come hear Calgary’s finest young talent showcased in this special event concert.

Past Events

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