This brilliant and amazing opera is brought to life by the great composer Giuseppe Verdi, with Calgary Opera celebrating his 200th anniversary this season. Falstaff is a hilarious and hearty adventure that is acclaimed to be one of Verdi’s greatest music achievements. It’s a masterpiece that would be Verdi’s last and only successful comedy. Verdi had become a celebrated symbol [...]
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British music is great and does not disappoint! The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, with international rising superstar, Callum Smart, enraptured the Jack Singer concert hall with English sophistication, elegance and majestic sound. Callum Smart, the shining crown jewel of this evening’s performance, heralds from England and gave an awe-inspiring performance for someone so young! The patriotic line-up of the concert included: [...]
I just love Prezi. It’s a great tool to share ideas and thoughts through stylish, creative and animated presentation. You can create a free account on the Internet and test drive already designed templates. The templates allows the addition of Powerpoint slides, videos and pictures quite easily with a click of button. The application creates a poster image and you can zoom [...]
Music can uplift downtrodden souls and the 12th Annual “Music for a Winter Evening” benefits concert went to benefit the Calgary Dream Centre, which graduates of this program shared their stories of hardship and overcoming personal obstacles. I was fortunate to be able to attend this concert two years ago and witness the glorious melodies performed by two times Juno [...]
It’s one small step for Youth Are Awesome and one giant leap for a youth blogger- I’m the first Youth Are Awesome blogger to reach one hundred blogs! Yay! Youth Are Awesome has opened unimaginable opportunities in my life and experience what a vibrant and wonderful city Calgary is. I believe it was just last summer that the I remember [...]
First of all, the soul of any fundraiser is that it’s all about the heart. A fundraiser has to be from the heart and to the heart for it to work. Having pulled off my own, out-of-the-blue fundraiser raising the awareness of children affected by war for the Canadian Red Cross, many months of predicted and unpredicted hard work, and [...]
It was on a small pin that I intently focused my churning emotions of joy: the powerful and uplifting emblem of the Red Cross.
The Advocacy award finalists, From left to right: Myself, Tori Stosky, Connor Johnson and Loraleigh Kovacik from Rogers I love the Red Cross and all the volunteer work I do for the Red Cross, because volunteering has helped me realized that “the smallest act of kindness is never wasted.” The feeling I get when someone smiles after I have mentored [...]
I love music composed in Austria because it is usually known as warm, heartfelt and extremely moving. My favourite Austrian composer Beethoven was celebrated for his music that sensationally captured the spirit of Vienna. The Night in Vienna concert was performed by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) and incredible solo violinist Jonathan Crow, which created a truly unforgettable and magical [...]
Let’s begin with a poem… Roses are #FF0000, violets are #0000FF, and all your base are belong to us. (In a concert hall full of fellow nerds, geeks, and gamers alike, I wasn’t at all embarrassed to find this phrase funny.) What Video Games Live is all about Two words: PURE EPICNESS. Myself being an enthusiastic gamer and my friend, [...]
Highlighting two cultures, China and Canada, and two fantastic dance companies, Wen Wei Dance and The Beijing Modern Dance Company, Under the Skin brings dancers from Canada and China to explore the questions of personal identity, culture, and gender roles. Through the invigorating and abstract movements of dance, the powerful and expressive dancers reveal that it is human experience that [...]
“When James Ehnes played an A in rehearsal on his Stradivarius, he was louder than the whole orchestra while tuning…” James Ehnes, the guest artist for this concert, plays a very special instrument: the “ex-Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715. The Stradivarius is a household name among violinist, and these violins are renowned for their unsurpassed sound and craftsmanship. At a time [...]
The ConocoPhillips Youth of Distinction Awards recognize awesome youth ages 13-18 for the remarkable ways in which they have chosen to live. This year, there were 118 finalists spread across 7 categories, so the selection period was tough with 13 hours of deliberation. We’ve managed to narrow it down to three finalists in each category. The recipients of each award [...]
“Is it true that the greatest composers of music all had names that started with the letter B ?” Of course, these classical giants that Andeas Delfs, guest conductor, and Michael Hope, one of the bassoonists in the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra smilingly refered to in the pre-concert chat were none other than Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Hope and Delfs both delved [...]
The magicial tale of Scheherazade, and the collection of her stories from One Thousand and One Nights, captures the exotic and mysterious aura of the Middle East and South Asia. The story goes that the Sultan Shakriar, fearfully distrustful of the inconstancy of women, had sworn to execute every single one of his wives after the first night of the one thousand [...]