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Friday, January 30, 2009

Honens and CPO present North American premiere of Mendelssohn's Third Piano Concerto

Honens International Piano Competition and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra present North American Premiere of Mendelssohnĺ─˘s Third Piano Concerto

CALGARY, AB January 30, 2009 ĺ─ý Honens International Piano Competition and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra celebrate Mendelssohnĺ─˘s 200th birthday with the North American premiere of his Piano Concerto No. 3 in E minor. The concert takes place on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at Jack Singer Concert Hall, EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts (205 Eighth Avenue SE).

Left unfinished at the prolific composerĺ─˘s death in 1847, the score was completed and reconstructed by composer/conductor Marcello Bufalini for exclusive performance by Italian pianist Roberto Prosseda. Prosseda came across the incomplete manuscript at the Bodleian Library in Oxford in 2006 and urged Bufalini, a respected Mendelssohn scholar, to bring his considerable knowledge of the composerĺ─˘s style to the task of assembling a reconstruction from the sketches. The process involved deciphering the manuscript which consisted of the solo piano part and the piano sketch of the orchestra score; completing the orchestration, and writing the Finale based upon the autograph melodic sketches.

Julian Kuerti conducts the all-Mendelssohn program, which also includes the Hebrides Overture Op. 26 (Fingalĺ─˘s Cave) and Sinfonia for String Orchestra No. 10 in B minor. Roberto Prosseda will be joined by his wife Alessandra Maria Ammara (2000 Honens Laureate) to perform the Concerto for Two Pianos in E major.

Tickets are $28 to $85 and are available by calling (403) 571-0849 or online at For more information visit or

Honens Concerts Presenting Sponsor: TD Waterhouse

Calgary Philharmonic Season Sponsors: Calgary Herald and Nexen Inc.


About Honens

Honens, Canadaĺ─˘s leading presenter of music for piano, produces more than 100 concerts and events across Canada and internationally each year. The triennial Honens International Piano Competition, founded in 1992, is ranked among the worldĺ─˘s greatest music competitions. It is unique in its mission to find the ĺ─˙complete artistĺ─¨ ĺ─ý one who possesses technical mastery as well as expressiveness in a wide range of musical forms and style, and whose music-making possesses imagination, innovation and relevance in todayĺ─˘s world. The sixth Honens Competition takes place in Calgary from October 22 to November 6, 2009.

About the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) was formed in 1955 through the amalgamation of the Calgary Symphony and the Alberta Philharmonic. Today the CPO is one of North Americaĺ─˘s finest and most versatile orchestras presenting world leading artists and a wonderful range of genres. The CPOĺ─˘s innovative style excites, entertains and inspires music lovers of all ages.

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