Van Cliburn and his MMB connection

Van Cliburn and Morningside Music Bridge

Yesterday, February 27, pianist Van Cliburn had passed away.  The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is the most prestigious competition in the world, and this year, they have commissioned Christopher Theofanadis to compose a piece for their competitors to perform in the semi-final round of the competition in April.

Christopher Theofanidis, composer

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From my seat… why I enjoyed the New York Polyphony

Last month, one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles landed on our stage in the Leacock Theatre. The New York Polyphony shared a program of sacred and secular music, most of it either written in the 15th century.

Dr. Kenneth DeLong, noted musicologist and reviewer for the Calgary Herald, was in attendance and shared his thoughts on the performance. Dr. DeLong has a strong affinity for polyphonic music, and he notes that it’s a special and small group who will be drawn to and properly appreciate this “special niche.”

Stephania Romaniuk, BMus, Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music, and administrative assistant to the Director here at the Conservatory, was in the audience as well. I asked what she thought. Continue reading

A Director of note – Paul Dornian

Twenty years ago, Paul Dornian was named director of the Mount Royal Conservatory. In this article, faculty members and staff reflect on the leader they have known and his achievements over the past two decades.

“Paul is immensely supportive of our activities, and he has a great understanding and empathy for the needs and idiosyncrasies of our area. I am particularly thankful for the independence his leadership style allows me, and equally grateful for his words of wisdom when I ask for guidance.” Neil Cockburn, Director of Organ Studies

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A month of Concerts

It’s a month of concerts…

It’s a month of concerts, beginning with the New Music concert performed last Sunday night, featuring the Calgary Youth Orchestra, the Conservatory Strings and Elasticus, John Abram’s new music group. The concert was very well attended, including composer John Burge, who came to Calgary to work with the CYO who performed his piece, Four Violins Concerto.

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Summer at the Conservatory…

Summer at the Conservatory…

Each summer the Conservatory is a hub of activity, with classes, workshops and programs filling our studios and rehearsal spaces, as well as our theatres. This year’s line-up of summer classes is growing and we’re very excited to present it to you.

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