Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra conductor returns for ‘Ladies Rock’ – Calgary


Because the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s first solely feminine affiliate conductor, Melanie Leonard made CPO historical past in 2012.

Now, Leonard is again to steer the orchestra in its newest live performance, Women Rock.

“I believe it actually is sensible girl conductor would conduct a program that honours girls in music,” Leonard stated throughout a rehearsal on the Jack Singer Live performance Corridor this week. “Actually I’m joyful to be right here and to be performing this music.”

Ladies Rock options the work of a number of feminine artists who’re credited with altering rock and roll eternally.

“It’s a program that highlights the skills of singers and songwriters that had been all girls,” defined Leonard. “So singers like Tina Turner, for instance.”

“Ladies Rock” options the work of a number of feminine artists who’re credited with altering rock and roll.

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Vocalists Tamika Lawrence, Katrina Rose and Cassidy Catanzaro sing quite a lot of well-liked hits accompanied by a small rock band and a a lot bigger orchestra.

“It’s a must to keep grounded,” Lawrence stated, “as a result of in any other case the music can turn out to be overwhelming and also you get caught up within the rapture so it’s important to keep that rather more grounded.”

The efficiency is more likely to take just a few concert-goers without warning — Lawrence, who’s new to the present, simply asks that individuals preserve open minds.

“I believe it’s actually superior when one thing that’s thought of heightened and classical can come along with one thing that’s extra up to date,” she stated.

“Ladies Rock” options the work of a number of feminine artists who’re credited with altering rock and roll.

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Katrina Rose has been with the manufacturing because it’s inception in 2017 and stated she loves how audiences reply to it.

“A number of these symphony audiences that we’re going into don’t know what they’re in for,” Rose stated with fun. “I type of joke throughout the present that you simply assume you’re going to have a cultured night time on the symphony after which we’re screaming rock and roll songs at you.”

Rose stated the orchestra supplies an “superb vitality” to the songs.

“To have these thrilling new string traces that you simply’ve by no means heard or [a] horn part that’s actually loopy — it comes out of nowhere — there’s only a actual pleasure to it,” she stated.

“Ladies Rock” options the work of a number of feminine artists who’re credited with altering rock and roll.

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Cassidy Catanzaro has additionally been with Ladies Rock because the starting.

“It wasn’t till I received to our first symphony present that I spotted, I believe, the magnitude of this factor and the way you type of should carry your ‘A’ recreation [because] you’re with one of the best of one of the best throughout the land — actually, all these symphonies are on the high of their recreation,” stated Catanzaro, who can also be the lead singer of the all-female rock band Antigone Rising.

“It’s so stunning and it’s so highly effective and it’s such an enormous duty,” she added. “I imply all these songs imply a lot to so many individuals. Individuals grew up listening to those songs they usually had been accomplished by one of the best artists in our enterprise.”

Ladies Rock performs on the Jack Singer Live performance Corridor on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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