Bringing exceptional music closer to you
Engaging concerts that feel like you're among friends
Discover how incredible music is inspired, composed and played
Get closer to the music that inspires you. At High River Gift of Music, we share exquisite, world-class music through concerts, masterclasses, school clinics and outreach performances. Our goal is to give our audience access to incredible music, while providing insight into how it is envisioned, composed and played.
Relax and enjoy engaging concerts by renowned local, national and international vocalists and classical musicians, in a comfortable atmosphere that feels like you’re among friends.
Sunday September 10, 2023
Jon Kimura Parker, Illia Ovcharenko and Ladom Ensemble
Honens in the Park Open Air Concert – A FREE family-friendly event!
Narrator, cello, piano, accordion and percussion
Join us as we launch our 15th season with what is becoming an annual event – a free outdoor concert at George Lane Park. This year’s concert highlights Honens artistic director Jon Kimura Parker, along with Ukrainian pianist Illia Ovcharenko, the 2023 winner of the Honens International Piano Competition. Ladom Ensemble adds to the fun with their distinct combination of diverse global styles blended within a classical framework.
Presented in collaboration with Honens
Friday October 20, 2023
and Marie-Éve Scarfone
Vigour and Tenderness Unite
Cello and piano
Imagine cello and piano performed with an expertise and intensity that venture into the sublime. Stéphane Tétreault’s playing has been described as “astonishingly mature not merely in its technical attributes but also in its warmth, brilliance and subtlety of colour and inflection” by Gramophone Magazine, while MyScene calls Marie-Ève Scarfone “one of the most versatile pianists of her generation.” The contained chemistry of this remarkable combination is not to be missed.
Presented in collaboration with Prairie Debut
Saturday December 2, 2023
Trumpets, horns and trombones
Montreal-based artists Buzz Brass get the holiday season off to a rousing start with an exuberant Christmas concert. Brass takes on a fresh shine with dynamic performance and fresh, stimulating interaction, as classics you know and love are reinterpreted through trumpet, horn and trombone. Since 2002, this ensemble has captivated classical music lovers across the globe, establishing a reputation for innovative programming, praiseworthy recordings, and a unique repertoire and vision. This is brass at its best, delivered with intelligence, whimsy and skill.
Presented in collaboration with Prairie Debut
Sunday March 10, 2024
Calgary Girls Choir
Young Musicians Extraordinaire
Brava vocal ensemble
Artistic Director – Elaine Quillchini
Each year, High River Gift of Music is pleased to play a small role in helping to showcase Canada’s finest talented young artists with our Young Musicians Extraordinaire concert. Brava, meaning capable, commendable and courageous, is the name the Calgary Girls Choir uses to describe this group of young singers who are just beginning to come into their own. The Brava choir explores a passion for creating beautiful sound while pushing the boundaries of choral excellence. We invite you to join in applauding the promise and potential of these rising young musicians.
Friday April 26, 2024
Elinor Frey with Rosa Barocca
Directed by Claude Lapalme
Early Italian Cello Concertos
cello and baroque orchestra
Step back to a flamboyant moment in musical history with cellist Elinor Frey and the Rosa Barocca ensemble under the direction of Claude Lapalme. This program featuring their 2023 Juno award-winning album highlights the spectacular flair of early Italian cello concerts from the Baroque era.
We love to share the gift of music with you.
High River continues to support our audience by doing what we do best – sharing the extraordinary gift of music, which has such power to elevate, comfort and inspire.
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A season of musical storytelling!
Dress circle access. No bow tie required.
Part of bringing our audience members closer to classical music involves making everybody feel at home. At a High River Gift of Music concert, the faces are friendly, the conversation is casual, and you can wear what makes you feel comfortable.
(Well, maybe not your pajamas.)
Our relationships are instrumental.
There’s nothing that makes us happier than fostering a love of music! That’s why we work with our artists to present music education and outreach activities including school concerts, band clinics, masterclasses, and community performances.
Showcasing local talent
Each year, we select promising local artists to feature in our Young Musicians Extraordinaire event. We're proud of the role we play in placing these fine performers in the public eye, and of what they accomplish once they leave our stage.
Jacques Forestier and Luka Coetzee, April 2023
Help us make music accessible
We can’t thank our incredible group of members, sponsors and donors enough for all that they do in helping us to present excellence in musical performance. Want to learn more about them – and how you can help?
Visiting High River
It may come as a surprise to discover that High River is just a short drive away. For instance, travelling from south to north Calgary can take longer than driving to High River. Our local community is people-focused, vibrant, and friendly – a fantastic place to spend time. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, High River is a warm and vibrant community offering gorgeous trails and parks, family and fine dining experiences, comfortable accommodations, and one-of-a-kind shops.
Music and relaxation
Make a night of it!
As you arrive in High River, spend some time exploring this lovely little town and the local services and amenities on offer.
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