The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to mix mountains and music in Banff

Classical Banff: A Symphony of Taste - A Premiere Event in a Spectacular New Outdoor Venue

BANFF, AB, May 17 /CNW/ - The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra heads to Banff on September 17 for an afternoon of music in the mountains, set in the spectacular new outdoor performance venue, the Shaw Amphitheatre at The Banff Centre.

Classical Banff: A Symphony of Taste places a world-class musical performance as the centerpiece to a culturally rich, mountain weekend getaway combined with extraordinary local culinary experiences. Overlooking the town of Banff and the breathtaking mountains of the Bow Valley, audiences will experience the stunning beauty of Banff National Park and the majestic natural acoustics of the new Shaw Amphitheatre.

Led by resident conductor Mélanie Léonard, the CPO will present a popular program of music including Tchaikovsky's Finale from Symphony No. 4, Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral," and Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. The performance will also feature one of Canada's most acclaimed and award-winning cellists, Shauna Rolston, as she returns to her hometown to accompany CPO musicians on works by Saint-Saëns and Fauré.

"Banff National Park is clearly one of the most spectacular destinations in the world," says Julie Canning, president and CEO of Banff Lake Louise Tourism. "The Banff Centre's new amphitheatre is a truly amazing and unique setting to experience one of the finest orchestras in North America".

Special dining and cultural packages are available for the visiting audience to make a day or weekend of the event. Featured packages include a special pre-show reception with CPO Music Director Roberto Minczuk, special VIP seating, and post-show dining experience. The weekend's activities are presented in partnership by The Banff Centre, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and Banff Lake Louise Tourism.

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                 CPO Concert - Saturday, September 17, 4 p.m.
                     Shaw Amphitheatre - The Banff Centre
                       Adult $49 / Senior/Student $45
                   Banff Centre Box Office: 1-800-413-8368
                       CPO Box Office: 1-403-571-0849
                   www.banfflakelouise.com/classicalbanff
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About The Banff Centre - Our mission is Inspiring Creativity. In The Banff Centre's powerful mountain setting in the heart of Banff National Park, exceptional artists and leaders from around the world create and perform new works of art; share skills and knowledge in an interdisciplinary environment; and explore ideas and develop solutions in the arts and leadership.

About The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra - Led by internationally renowned Music Director Roberto Minczuk, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has been a cornerstone of Calgary's multi-faceted arts community since 1955 and is one of North America's finest and most versatile live music ensembles. A repertoire that is extensive and broad in scope consistently attracts acclaimed guest artists and conductors. From classical giants to rock and roll hits and family favourites, the CPO offers an average of 85 concerts per Season designed to fit all musical tastes.

About Banff Lake Louise Tourism

Banff Lake Louise Tourism is a destination marketing organization for the Town of Banff, Community of Lake Louise and Banff National Park. Supporting over 800 businesses, our mission is to engage visitors in unrivalled, remarkable experiences with our membership.

SOURCE Banff Lake Louise Tourism

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact Tricia Woikin, Media Relations at 403.762.0276 or tricia@banfflakelouise.com

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