Concerts & Events

Conservatory - Bella Concert Hall
Conservatory - Bella Concert Hall

Concerts & Events

Experience the best at MRU. Artists, speakers and ensembles from here and around the world take the stage in industry-leading venues including the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts' TransAlta Pavilion and the Bella Concert Hall. Be educated and entertained with performances by emerging student artists to well-established masters.

The 2016/2017 Concert Season program is hot off the press and now ONLINE! 

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016

Spotlight Series:
Tamas Rozsos & Tomoko IImura, Sunday, Sep. 18, 2016, 2 p.m.

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

Admission by donation ($15 suggested).    

 


 

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Northern Lights Series:
Raghav, Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

Raghav is an independent Canadian singer/songwriter. He has released three studio albums: Storyteller (2004), Identity (2009) and The Phoenix (2012). His most known commercial success was with “Angel Eyes” which peaked at #7 in the UK in 2005.

His singles “So Confused”, “Can’t Get Enough”, and “It Can’t Be Right” also reached the UK top ten in 2004. Raghav continues to have success on Canadian charts hits like “So Much” with Kardinal Offishall, “Fire”, “Top of the World”, “Woohoo” and “Until the Sun Comes Up” (featuring Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan and US artist Nelly).


 

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Travelers Series:
Ziggy Marley, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

Throughout the course of his three-decade career and 16 albums, Ziggy has built a music legacy worthy of his legendary family name.

With seven GRAMMY® Awards and an EMMY® to his credit, the humanitarian, singer, songwriter and producer continually progresses at every turn. Ziggy’s musical history dates back to ten-years-old when he would watch his father Bob Marley record in the studio. Ziggy remains receptive to the countless muses and magnetic flurries of creativity surrounding him on his musical journey. 


 

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Northern Lights Series:
Wild West New Music Ensemble, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

Calgary’s newest professional chamber music ensemble, The Wild West New Music Ensemble is comprised of some of Calgary’s top professional musicians, most of whom occupy positions in the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Their mandate is to promote and perform innovative contemporary classical repertoire of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as well as the works of contemporary Canadian composers. Led by emerging conductor Mélanie Léonard, The Wild West Ensemble is sure to intrigue, entice and entertain even the most skeptical of listeners.

Presented in partnership with The Wild West Music Ensemble.


 

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Spotlight Series:
Duo Polaris - Kirill Kalmykov & Julia Haager, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, 2 p.m.

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

Admission by donation ($15 suggested). 

 


 

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Family Portrait Series:
The Secret Life of Suitcases, Wed - Sun, Nov. 2 - 6, 2016, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Venue: Leacock Theatre, S Wing Mount Royal University

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying and generally putting things in order. Everything in its place, a place for everything. But one day, a suitcase suddenly appears at his door. A suitcase with a tiny label with Larry’s name on it.

Originally co-produced by the Unicorn Theatre, London ‘The Secret Life of Suitcases’ invites you to join Larry as he discovers the thrill of adventure and the joy of coming home again.  


 

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Spotlight Series:
Peter Jancewicz Duo featuring Frank Ho, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, 2 p.m.

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

Admission by donation ($15 suggested).

 


 

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Soundscape Series:
Chantal Kreviazuk , Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 7:30 pm

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

Chantal Kreviazuk is a Canadian-born singer and songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba who began playing piano from ear at the age of three. Now a multiple JUNO® Award winner, Chantal Kreviazuk has become one of Canada’s most beloved artists. Offstage, Chantal and her husband, Raine Maida, frontman for Our Lady Peace, have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to human rights causes.

In recognition of Chantal and Raine’s longstanding dedication to the world community, they received the 2014 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award in addition to being jointly appointed to the Order of Canada.  


 

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Spotlight Series:
Shakespeare Ensemble Grant Paterson & Speech Arts Collective,

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, 2 p.m.

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

Admission by donation ($15 suggested).


 

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Northern Lights Series:
Chris Hadfield, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

Astronaut & First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station

“Good morning, Earth!” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield—writing on Twitter—woke up the world every day while living for five months aboard the International Space Station. Through his 21-years as an astronaut, three spaceflights and 2600 orbits of Earth, Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon. Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters. 


 

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Festive Favourites:
Winter Fantasia 26, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, 3 p.m.

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

Featuring: Mount Royal Arietta, Mount Royal Arioso, Calgary Boys’ Choir and Conservatory Strings

Join the Mount Royal Conservatory’s music and speech arts performers as we take a festive musical journey as part of our Winter Fantasia concert. This heart-warming concert features many of our young ensembles who are eager and ready to sing, play and tell stories about the magic of the season. 


 

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Festive Favourites:
Sounds of the Season, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, 7 p.m.

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

Featuring:

  • Calgary Youth Orchestra,
  • Mount Royal Artio,
  • Mount Royal Kantorei,
  • The Heebee-jeebees‰

Sounds of the Season celebrates the season with a variety of music selections presented by the diverse and talented choral and instrumental ensembles of Mount Royal University Conservatory. Get in the spirit of the season with a mix of exciting selections along with well known holiday classics including a few sing along carols and the long-standing tradition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. Featuring special guests, The Heebee-jeebees‰.


 

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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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

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 


 

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

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

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. 


 

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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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

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. 


 

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Wyatt Series:
Zukerman Trio, Friday, Feb. 17, 20176, 7:30 p.m.

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

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.   


 

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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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

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.  


 

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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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

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: TansAlta Pavilion in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

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.  


 

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Northern Lights Series:
Instrumental Society of Calgary featuring Neil Cockburn, Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017, 2 p.m.

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

To help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the ISC presents Calgary’s brilliant Neil Cockburn and the ISC Virtuosi, 16 of Calgary’s finest musicians, all conducted by Rolf Bertsch, in this programme of works for winds featuring a brand new Canadian work especially composed for the occasion, Schafer’s youthful and exuberant harpsichord concerto and Richard Strauss’ powerful and most substantial work for winds.

Presented in partnership with Instrumental Society of Calgary.  


 

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

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

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: TansAlta Pavilion in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

Admission by donation ($15 suggested). 

 


 

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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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

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.  


 

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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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

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.  


 

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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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

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.  


 

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

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

Tickets for all events in our 2016-17 Concert Season will go on sale June 1st, 2016.

Admission by donation ($15 suggested). 

 


 

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CYO in Concert

Sunday, May 29, 2016 7:30 p.m.
Venue:
Bella Concert Hall in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Performances by winners of the 2016 Frank Simpson Concerto Competition: Jeanel Liang, violin, and Peter Wang, Piano

Ralph Vaughan-Williams – Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus; John Thompson, conductor

Admission Free


 

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Invocations: Cries in the Dark

1st Performance: Saturday, May 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
2nd Performance: Sunday May 29, 2016 7:30 p.m.

Venue: MRU Nickle Theatre

Artio’s choral theatre artists in collaboration with Mark Ikeda and the Lily String Quartet will present "Invocations: Cries in the Dark". This work explores humanity’s reliance and historically turbulent relationship with fossil fuels.


Tickets: $20 Adults $15 Students/Seniors

Call 403.440.7770 of buy online at tickets.mtroyal.ca


 

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Performance Outreach from MRU Conservatory

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
Venue: St. Marys Cathedral, 219 18th Avenue SW

Combine Performing Experience with Community Outreach

4 masterclasses and 4 community performances in casual, interactive community environments

Open to all ages, all instruments, and all genres of music - including voice and speech arts

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For more information on any of our upcoming concerts, contact the CYO Orchestra Manager