After 60 years, the Calgary Wind Symphony continues to entertain Calgarians
Calgary, AB – Tracing back to 1947, the Calgary Wind Symphony (formerly The Calgary Concert Band) was a prominent staple within Calgary, performing in the Calgary Stampede Parade as well as numerous free concerts in the parks. In 1952, the group accepted an invitation to join 403 Reserve Squadron RCAF as the squadron band and functioned concurrently as a civilian band, under the direction of Norm Draper. The following years, the band, under various music directors, grew to become one of Calgary’s premiere wind ensembles.
Cpt. F. M. (Ray) McLeod conducted the band from 1963 to 1989. From 1989 to 1997 Stephen Franse, principal bassoonist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, assumed the role of music director. Following Franse, Dr. Jeremy Brown, Professor of Saxophone and Music Education at the University of Calgary became artistic director/musical director/conductor, touring the group throughout Europe in 2004 and 2011.
In the summer of 2012, the name of the ensemble was officially changed to the ‘Calgary Wind Symphony’ to better represent the vast selection of repertoire the ensemble performed.
The Calgary Wind Symphony is celebrating an incredible 60-year milestone as one of Calgary’s longest standing ensembles. Some musicians have been with the group for over 45 years, making the wind symphony a home in which to continue their love of music.
The Calgary Wind Symphony will perform their final concert of their 60th season on June 11th at 2:30 p.m. at the University of Calgary Rosza Centre. “It is going to be an incredible concert, titled Around the World in 80 Minutes,” said Dr. Jeremy Brown, musical director. “The ensemble will take the audience on a trip around the world, exploring musical influences from many countries, including works by Grainger, Gorb and Cable. We’re thrilled to have the Cantaré Children’s Choir join us as well as former musical director Stephen Franse to conduct the famous American in Paris by American composer George Gershwin. It will be a fantastic concert and a great way to close off such a monumental season,” says Dr. Brown.
For more information on the Calgary Wind Symphony, please visit www.calgarywindsymphony.com.
Media inquiries may be directed to:
403 836 2635
The Calgary Wind Symphony will be presenting an evening of chamber music on Sunday, February 12, 2017. This will be a bit of a change from the sound of the usual 50-odd membership. But fear not, for we still won’t be letting any of those pesky string instruments play!
The chamber music concert will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 3704 37 St SW, Calgary, at 7pm.
Admission is $20 for adults; $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door.
Come join us for our 2016-2017 season with an exciting line-up of concerts and guest artists.
SUBSCRIPTIONS: Buy three, get one free – Adults: $60, Seniors/Students: $45
SINGLE TICKETS: Adults $20, Seniors/Students: $15
Individual concert tickets can be obtained from online through the links below, directly from members or at the door on concert day.
Please be advised that season tickets are only available through mail order or directly from members at this time.
German Masters on Sunday November 20, 2016: here
Mistletoe and Mischief on Sunday December 11, 2016: here
Wind Symphony Masterworks on Sunday March 12, 2017: here
Around the World in 80 Minutes on Sunday June 11, 2017: here