Greatest Classical Hits
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s new Music Director Rune Bergmann | Photo: Courtesy of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Greatest Classical Hits

Maestro Rune Bergmann steps up to the podium as CPO’s new Music Director

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons  205 8th Ave. SE
  • Price $20 - $80
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Norwegian conductor Rune Bergmann is ready to shine as he takes to the podium for his official Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra debut as Music Director.

Known for his larger-than-life personality, he will be presenting Greatest Classical Hits this Saturday.

“We have an exciting and promising conductor on the cusp of emerging as a major musical voice in North America,” says President and CEO of the CPO Paul Dornian, in a statement. “We believe Maestro Bergmann will take the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to wonderful places over the next few years.”

Maestro Bergmann’s past performances as a guest conductor left a lasting impression on the orchestra’s musicians, leading him to be the successful selected candidate for the role.

“Some of the best talents I have worked with in recent years are at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and I am honoured to be selected as the incoming Music Director,” says Maestro Bergmann in a statement. “I am also excited to grow with them as we take our performances to a global stage, digitally and live. Together with the dedicated and hardworking musicians, we will make this Orchestra an important destination on the world’s musical map.”

The concert will feature Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 in A major, and many more. Classical music novices and connoisseurs alike should recognize every work.

Greatest Classical Hits takes place at 8:00pm on October 22, 2016 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons (205 8th Ave. SE). A pre-concert chat is slated for 7:05pm with afterthoughts to follow.