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Coming events

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08/09/2018 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm – The ever popular Open Air is back to wrap up the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition & Festival! Bask in the warmth of the September sun while listening to an outdoor chamber music concert. Bring your sunglasses, picnic basket, and blanket … and don’t forget the kids!

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07/09/2018 @ 10:00 pm – Honens’ Bison Noir fuses performances of classical and post-classical music in a cabaret setting and removes formal traditions, allowing audiences to feel comfortable wearing casual clothing, getting there when they can, and not worrying about small noises made during the concert. This event is 18+

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07/09/2018 @ 6:30 pm – he Honens International Piano Competition awards the largest prize of its kind—$100,000 CAD and an Artist Development Program valued at a half-million dollars. Finals Sessions are preceded by pre-concert chats at 6:30 pm featuring Honens’ Artistic Director Jon Kimura Parker. On the second of two nights of Finals, the three Finalists perform their choice of […]

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06/09/2018 @ 6:30 pm – The Honens International Piano Competition awards the largest prize of its kind—$100,000 CAD and an Artist Development Program valued at a half-million dollars. Finals Sessions are preceded by pre-concert chats at 6:30 pm featuring Honens’ Artistic Director Jon Kimura Parker. On the first of two nights of Finals, the three Finalists perform a quintet with […]

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05/09/2018 @ 8:00 pm – A rare opportunity to hear two international piano competition winners perform together with the CPO! 2015 Honens Prize Laureate Luca Buratto and Szymon Nehring, winner of Israel’s Rubinstein 2017 Competition, perform a program of Mozart, Prokofiev, and Strauss with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Karina Canellakis.

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03/09/2018 @ 12:30 pm – Ten pianists advance from the Quarterfinals in Berlin and New York to perform a solo recital and a collaborative concert with Phillip Addis (baritone) and Jonathan Crow (violin). Semifinals sessions include one of each recital and take place twice daily.

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04/09/2018 @ 8:00 pm – Mr. Ohlsson has been long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Chopin and commands an enormous repertoire ranging over the entire piano literature and he has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire.

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02/09/2018 @ 12:30 pm – Ten pianists advance from the Quarterfinals in Berlin and New York to perform a solo recital and a collaborative concert with Phillip Addis (baritone) and Jonathan Crow (violin). Semifinals sessions include one of each recital and take place twice daily.

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03/09/2018 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am – Xenia Concerts are a series of accessible concerts that are designed to appeal to, and be welcoming of, children on the autism spectrum and their families.

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01/09/2018 @ 12:30 pm – Ten pianists advance from the Quarterfinals in Berlin and New York to perform a solo recital and a collaborative concert with Phillip Addis (baritone) and Jonathan Crow (violin). Semifinals sessions include one of each recital and take place twice daily.

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03/09/2018 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am – Storytellers concerts are for the whole family. The popular children’s story The Hockey Sweater is set to music as a way to encourage kids to read and exposes them to classical music.

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31/08/2018 @ 12:30 pm – Ten pianists advance from the Quarterfinals in Berlin and New York to perform a solo recital and a collaborative concert with Phillip Addis (baritone) and Jonathan Crow (violin). Semifinals sessions include one of each recital and take place twice daily.

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30/08/2018 @ 12:30 pm – Ten pianists advance from the Quarterfinals in Berlin and New York to perform a solo recital and a collaborative concert with Phillip Addis (baritone) and Jonathan Crow (violin). Semifinals sessions include one of each recital and take place twice daily.

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07/09/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Formed in 2013, the Montrose Trio is a collaboration stemming from a long and fruitful relationship between pianist Jon Kimura Parker and the Tokyo String Quartet. Mr Parker was the quartet’s final guest pianist, and a backstage conversation with violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith led to the Montrose Trio’s creation.

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10/09/2017 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm – Explore Calgary’s newest music hub in the heart of the East Village. Honens Day at Studio Bell brings you music from morning to night in the new Home of the National Music Centre.

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08/09/2017 @ 10:00 pm – 12:00 am – This edition of Bison Noir shines a spotlight on Sri Lankan-born, Canada-based composer-performer Dinuk Wijeratne, who has been described by the Toronto Star as “an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future”, and by The New York Times as “exuberantly creative”. Mr Wijeratne made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 as a composer, conductor, and pianist performing […]

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08/09/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – The Toronto-based Cecilia String Quartet (CSQ) is applauded for their “powerful” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “dauntingly perfect” (Berliner Zeitung) performances. To celebrate the start of their second decade as an ensemble, the Quartet has initiated Celebrating Canadian Women in Music—a spotlight on a ‘quartet’ of immensely talented female Canadian composers from which it commissioned the creation of four […]

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07/09/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Formed in 2013, the Montrose Trio is a collaboration stemming from a long and fruitful relationship between pianist Jon Kimura Parker and the Tokyo String Quartet. Mr Parker was the quartet’s final guest pianist, and a backstage conversation with violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith led to the Montrose Trio’s creation.

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10/09/2017 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm – Explore Calgary’s newest music hub in the heart of the East Village. Honens Day at Studio Bell brings you music from morning to night in the new Home of the National Music Centre.

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08/09/2017 @ 10:00 pm – 12:00 am – This edition of Bison Noir shines a spotlight on Sri Lankan-born, Canada-based composer-performer Dinuk Wijeratne, who has been described by the Toronto Star as “an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future”, and by The New York Times as “exuberantly creative”. Mr Wijeratne made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 as a composer, conductor, and pianist performing […]

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08/09/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – The Toronto-based Cecilia String Quartet (CSQ) is applauded for their “powerful” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “dauntingly perfect” (Berliner Zeitung) performances. To celebrate the start of their second decade as an ensemble, the Quartet has initiated Celebrating Canadian Women in Music—a spotlight on a ‘quartet’ of immensely talented female Canadian composers from which it commissioned the creation of four […]

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10/09/2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm – Open Air brings the world’s best chamber music to Calgary. Bring your sunglasses and your picnic blanket to soak up the final notes of the 2017 Honens Festival under the warmth of the September sun.

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09/09/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm – In 2000, Katherine Chi became the first woman and only Canadian to win the Honens Piano Competition. She is now firmly established as one of Canada’s foremost pianists, having performed throughout Europe and North America to great acclaim.

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09/09/2017 @ 3:30 pm – 5:45 pm – It’s hard to think of any musician who captivates and fascinates audiences more than Glenn Gould. 2017 marks 35 years since the enigmatic musician’s early passing. Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, casts light on a man whose ideas were as controversial, and his private life as passionate, as his music.

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09/09/2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:45 pm – The Cecilia String Quartet’s Xenia Concerts are designed to appeal to, and be welcoming of, children on the autism spectrum and their families. This series embodies the Quartet’s philosophy that everyone should have equal access to quality chamber music performances.

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09/09/2017 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Tess loves the prairie, but her parents do not. Coming from an easier life, far, far away, they resent the bitter cold winter and the poverty that means burning cow dung for fuel. Based on a true incident, Tess combines authenticity with drama. Set during the 1930s in the Canadian West, it is a remarkable […]

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09/09/2017 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am – Visiting pianist Katherine Chi instructs and inspires music students and teaches from across Alberta.

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08/09/2017 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm – This edition of Bison Noir shines a spotlight on Sri Lankan-born, Canada-based composer-performer Dinuk Wijeratne, who has been described by the Toronto Star as “an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future”, and by The New York Times as “exuberantly creative”. Mr Wijeratne made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 as a […]

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08/09/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm – The Toronto-based Cecilia String Quartet (CSQ) is applauded for their “powerful” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “dauntingly perfect” (Berliner Zeitung) performances. To celebrate the start of their second decade as an ensemble, the Quartet has initiated Celebrating Canadian Women in Music—a spotlight on a ‘quartet’ of immensely talented female Canadian composers from which it commissioned the creation […]

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07/09/2017 @ 9:15 pm – Formed in 2014, the Montrose Trio is a collaboration stemming from a long and fruitful relationship between pianist Jon Kimura Parker and the Tokyo String Quartet. Mr Parker was the quartet’s final guest pianist, and a backstage conversation with violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith led to the Montrose Trio’s creation.