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Concerts & Events

Experience the best at MRU! Artists, speakers and ensembles take the stage in our award-winning Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts. Experience performances by emerging student artists and well-established masters from here and around the world.

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We are proud to announce this year's line-up of featured performers and speakers coming to the Mount Royal University Conservatory. Music To Your Ears offers over 22 concert events in 7 different series.

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Soundscape Series:
Jan Lisiecki, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Bella Concert Hall in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Calgary-born Jan Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age. In 2013 he received the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and was also named as Gramophone magazine’s Young Artist of the Year.

Recent highlights include his 2013 performance with Claudio Abbado and Orchestra Mozart, his BBC Proms debut with Sir Antonio Pappano, and engagements with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. To rave reviews, Jan Lisiecki made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in January 2016.

Please note we no longer offer rush-seating options to our concert season events. Please purchase tickets well in advance to secure your seats.


 

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Spotlight Series:
Brett Gunther & Friends, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, 2 p.m.

Venue: TransAlta Pavilion in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Admission by donation ($15 suggested). 

 

 


 

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Travelers Series:
Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Bella Concert Hall in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Easily one of the most versatile and soulful musicians in jazz, drummer and composer Brian Blade moved to New Orleans at age 18 to study and perform with Crescent City stars, including Ellis Marsalis, Johnny Vidacovich and Harold Battiste. As Blade was developing his own musical identity as a bandleader, he formed The Fellowship Band in New Orleans with Jon Cowherd and Chris Thomas.

In 2000, Blade became a member of jazz legend Wayne Shorter’s all-star quartet, touring the world and recording four albums with the saxophonist, including the GRAMMY® Award-winning 2013 release, Without a Net. 

Please note we no longer offer rush-seating options to our concert season events. Please purchase tickets well in advance to secure your seats.

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Northern Lights Series:

Canadian Guitar Quartet, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Bella Concert Hall in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Since its debut in 1999, the Canadian Guitar Quartet (CGQ) has toured extensively in North and South America, from one standing ovation to the next, establishing a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. The CGQ has appeared with orchestras across Canada, and has recorded three critically acclaimed CDs. Their mix of dynamic original music and classical masterpieces make a CGQ concert an unforgettable experience.

Presented in partnership with The Classical Guitar Society of Calgary. 

Please note we no longer offer rush-seating options to our concert season events. Please purchase tickets well in advance to secure your seats.


 

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Wyatt Series:
Zukerman Trio, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Bella Concert Hall in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

A prodigious talent recognized worldwide for his artistry, Pinchas Zukerman has been an inspiration to young musicians throughout his adult life. In a continuing effort to motivate future generations of musicians through education and outreach, the renowned artist teamed up with cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng to offer trio repertoire to their worldwide audiences.

The ensemble has appeared in Japan, China, Spain, Italy, France, Hungary, South Africa, Istanbul, Russia and throughout the United States.   

Please note we no longer offer rush-seating options to our concert season events. Please purchase tickets well in advance to secure your seats.


 

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Salon Series:
Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble,
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 8:00 p.m. 

Venue: TransAlta Pavilion in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts


 

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Soundscape Series:

Wu Man & Friends, Friday, Mar. 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Bella Concert Hall in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, GRAMMY® Award-nominated musician Wu Man has carved out a career as a soloist, educator and composer giving her lute-like instrument—which has a history of over 2,000 years in China—a new role in both traditional and contemporary music.

Through numerous concert tours Wu Man has premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa, while spearheading multimedia projects to both preserve and create awareness of China’s ancient musical traditions.  

Please note we no longer offer rush-seating options to our concert season events. Please purchase tickets well in advance to secure your seats.

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Travelers Series:
Antigona Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca, Friday, Mar. 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Bella Concert Hall in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

The story of Sophocles’ classic play Antigone resonates with the roots of flamenco, which is based not in any one culture or region, but on the strength of family. Noche Flamenca’s Artistic Director Martín Santangelo was inspired to create a flamenco interpretation focusing on her humanity and her quest to bury her brother, regardless of the circumstances.

The mission of Noche Flamenca is to create a diverse theatrical body of performance through song, music and dance that expresses a rigorous, spell-binding aesthetic in the form of flamenco.  

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Travelers Series:
Avital meets Avital, Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Bella Concert Hall in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Avital meets Avital is a dialogue between two musicians who come from different worlds but share a common richness of musical heritage. GRAMMY®-nominee mandolinist, Avi Avital, comes from a classical tradition whilst award-winning bass virtuoso and oud player, Omer Avital, is an acclaimed jazz performer and composer.

In Avital meets Avital, these two musicians, joined by Omer Klein on piano and Itamer Doari on percussion, draw on the diverse influences of Moroccan and North African sounds, folkloric and classical traditions, Israeli harmonies and Mediterranean rhythms creating a musical melting pot where the finesse of chamber music meets the raw emotional energy of jazz.  

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Spotlight Series:

Mike Schuett, Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017, 2 p.m.

Venue: TransAlta Pavilion in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Admission by donation ($15 suggested). 

 

 


 

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Wyatt Series:
Kronos Quartet, Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Bella Concert Hall in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

For more than 40 years, the Kronos Quartet—David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience.

In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 50 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world’s most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers and commissioning more than 850 works and arrangements for string quartet.  

Please note we no longer offer rush-seating options to our concert season events. Please purchase tickets well in advance to secure your seats.


 

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Salon Series:
MRU Composer Collective,
Saturday, Mar. 25, 2017, 8:00 p.m. 

Venue: TransAlta Pavilion in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts


 

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Cowtown Opera presents:

Guilty Pleasures, Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017, 2 p.m.

Venue: Bella Concert Hall in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Everyone has a guilty pleasure.  Whether it’s watching reality TV or singing your favourite Disney hits in the shower, it’s time to turn off the water and let your guilty pleasure shine.

Calgary’s English-language opera company, Cowtown Opera invites you to laugh at their musical parody of the ABC show The Bachelor, then sing along to hits from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Frozen, The Lion King and many more! All the magic of Disney… with all the comforts of home! 

Please note we no longer offer rush-seating options to our concert season events. Please purchase tickets well in advance to secure your seats.


 

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Travelers Series:
Pedrito Martinez Group, Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Concert & Dance Party

Venue: Bella Concert Hall in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba. A consummate master of Afro-Cuban folkloric music, he plays the monumentally complex Oru seco exquisitely on each drum, or on all three at once. He’s also the world’s first-call rumbero – playing, singing and dancing with dozens of groups and on over 100 recordings and contributing to or appearing in several important films, including Calle 54 (2000) and Chico & Rita (2010).

Pedrito has recorded and/or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Bruce Springsteen, Edie Brickell, Sting, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and more. 

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Family Portrait Series:
The Queen, the Bear and the Bumblebee, Sunday, Apr. 22, 2017, 2 p.m.

Venue: Bella Concert Hall in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

The Queen, the Bear and the Bumblebee is an original, collaborative stage production for multi-generational audience that combines storytelling, chamber music, song and dance (with choreography by Yukichi Hattori).

Based on the award-winning CD with story by Dini Petty and music by Canadian composers Andrew Homzy and Mark Goldman, Erin Thrall’s stage production is a Calgary-born production where she could find these amazing artists to bring this vision to life.  

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Spotlight Series:
Leon Leontaradis, Sunday, Apr. 30, 2017, 2 p.m.

Venue: TransAlta Pavilion in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Admission by donation ($15 suggested). 

 


 

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Salon Series:
International Jazz Day,
Saturday, Apr. 30, 2017, 8:00 p.m. 

Venue: TransAlta Pavilion in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts


 

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Soundscape Series:
Journey Live! , Saturday, May 6, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Bella Concert Hall in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Never the same each time it is played, Journey is an interactive parable, an anonymous online adventure to experience a person’s life passage and their intersections with others. In this unprecedented collaboration, live musicians respond to the actions of game players in real time on stage.

The Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble teams up with composer Austin Wintory to present an original, interactive live performance of his GRAMMY®-nominated score to the video game Journey.

Please note we no longer offer rush-seating options to our concert season events. Please purchase tickets well in advance to secure your seats.


 

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Wyatt Series:
Andrés Cárdenes and the Calgary Youth Orchestra, Sunday, May 14, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Bella Concert Hall in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, GRAMMY®-nominated Andrés Cárdenes parlays his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. An intensely passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling performances as a violinist, conductor, violist, chamber musician, concertmaster and recording artist.

Andrés Cárdenes is delighted to be sharing the stage with Mount Royal University Conservatory’s Calgary Youth Orchestra.  

Please note we no longer offer rush-seating options to our concert season events. Please purchase tickets well in advance to secure your seats.


 

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Soundscape Series:
Land’s End Ensemble 20th Anniversary Celebration with guest percussionist Evelyn Glennie, Friday, May 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Bella Concert Hall in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

JUNO®-nominated Land’s End Ensemble of Calgary (John Lowry, violin; Beth Root Sandvoss, cello; Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano; Vincent Ho, Artistic Director) is dedicated to introducing audiences to new music by Canadian and international composers, and to performing landmark chamber works of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Land’s End Ensemble is proud to be celebrating their 20th Anniversary as a part of the Soundscape Series.

Presented in partnership with the Land’s End Music Society.  

Please note we no longer offer rush-seating options to our concert season events. Please purchase tickets well in advance to secure your seats.


 

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Spotlight Series:
Looking Glass Duo (Lucie Jones and Gianetta Baril), Sunday, May 28, 2017, 2 p.m.

Venue: TransAlta Pavilion in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Admission by donation ($15 suggested). 

 


 

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