Starting with a solo, CPO works toward crescendo with concerts

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Calgary violinist Donovan Seidle is one of five Canadians chosen to play in the world's first online collaborative orchestra thanks to the thousands of people who voted for his audition video on YouTube. Seidle will fly to New York next month to play a show at Carnegie Hall with fellow winners from around the world.n/a
Calgary violinist Donovan Seidle, who is also the CPO assistant concertmaster, will play the first pre-recorded concert for the CPO in October. SunMedia

To allow for flexibility in the program as social distancing guidelines evolve, details for each concert will be announced one month at a time. All of the October performances have been announced and can be found at calgaryphil.com.

The first recorded concert features two Calgary musicians — CPO assistant concertmaster Donovan Seidle on violin and principal cellist Arnold Choi. The program includes music from Bach, Chan, Eckhardt-Gramatté andHalvorsen.

Viewers need to register in advance at calgaryphil.com beginning Sept. 22, and those able are encouraged to make a donation to the orchestra.

“We have heard over and over again how much comfort music has brought people over the past six months and how much they appreciate our virtual performances,” said Paul Dornian, CPO president and CEO. “In return, we have received tremendous support from our loyal audience and the community. We want to honour that contribution by making these concerts accessible to everyone — we don’t want anyone to miss out due to financial hardship or because they have to remain in isolation.”

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