November 22 to December 3, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra presents Virtuosity! A Festival of Extreme Classics. As befits any orchestral festival worthy of the name, the CPO event (intriguingly sponsored by The Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary) blends orchestral performances, distinguished Canadian and international soloists, lectures, a film, and plenty of pre- and post-concert activity as well. Many of the festival activities are taking place in concert with the Classical Calgary partnership, a consortium that includes Honens International Piano Competition, Mount Royal Conservatory, Irene Besse Keyboards Ltd, the National Music Centre, Tourism Calgary, Fairmont Palliser and Downtown Calgary.
Featured soloists include no fewer than six laureates of the Honens Competition, Calgary’s own Jan Lisiecki, soprano Erin Wall, guitarist Yamandu Costa, and violinists Yi-Jia Hou and Nina Feng. Major works include Strauss’s Four Last Songs, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, and Liszt’s Hexaméron. For more information about the festival, and a detailed schedule, please visit cpo-live.com.