Mark your summer calendar for a month of classical music concerts and recitals at Mount Royal University.
The 18th annual Morningside Music Bridge is Mount Royal Conservatory’s annual international summer training school. The prestigious performance program offers a musical and cultural bridge between Canada and top students from China, Poland and North America. Only a select group is invited to Calgary this summer to study with the best classical music teachers in the world.
The intensive training school focuses on performance. Numerous recitals throughout July are free of charge for the public in the university’s Leacock Theatre. There are also affordable concerts starring leading musicians from the world’s best symphonies and music schools, including Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and 1st concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Noah Bendix-Balgley, Krzysztof Jablonski, Tian Bonian, Wei Yu, Na Mula, David Moroz, Zhang Jin, Jonathan Crow, Teng Li, Fan Lei, and more.
“Morningside Music Bridge is Calgary’s premiere summer classical music festival — world-class artists in unbuttoned summer mode,” says Conservatory Director Paul Dornian.
“July at the Mount Royal Conservatory is where you can find it. High energy music making in the cozy environs of the Leacock Theatre make this festival the perfect place to chill on warm summer evenings,” he said.
During July, the annual music training school experience will see more than 80 international students ages 12-18 living with Calgary host families for the month. It gives them a home away from home as they delve into intense private lessons, masterclasses and chamber music recitals centered on piano, violin, viola, cello and clarinet. The program is tuition-free — all students are admitted on full scholarships.
Illustrious alumni include world piano superstars Yuja Wang and Calgary’s own Jan Lisiecki.
Morningside Music Bridge is internationally recognized for its excellence. An independent evaluation conducted by the Department of Canadian Heritage described the program as being “without peer in Canada and among the very best in the world.”