Honens International Piano Competition: Finals II & Awards Show

Fri September 7, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Honens International Piano Competition: Finals II & Awards Show

Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons
Friday 7 September 2018
7:30 pm

This summer, Honens brings the world's finest emerging pianists to Calgary for an internationally renowned piano competition and ten days of extraordinary music-making. The Honens International Piano Competition awards the largest prize of its kind—$100,000 CAD and an Artist Development Program valued at a half-million dollars.

The Competition comes to an adrenaline-charged close over two evenings of performances of chamber music and orchestra. Plan to attend both evenings! The three finalists each perform a program with the Azahar Ensemble and a concerto with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and guest conductor Karina Canellakis. Finals Sessions are preceded by pre-concert chats at 6:30 pm hosted by Honens Artistic Director Jon Kimura Parker

On the second of two nights of Finals, the three Finalists perform their choice of post-Classical piano concerto with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and guest conductor Karina Canellakis. The evening builds to the announcement of the 2018 Honens Prize Laureate, presentation of awards, and a special farewell performance by 2015 Honens Prize Laureate Luca Buratto.

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Karina Canellakis conductor

Luca Buratto piano

Semifinalists and their order of performance will be announced 8 May 2018. Finalists will be announced 3 September 2018.

To purchase a pass for all 2018 Honens International Piano Competition & Festival events, please contact the Honens Box Office at 403 299 0140. To purchase your Finals pass online, click here.

The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Music, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED talks and National Geographic speakers, to wedding dinners on the stage and rock stars on tour.

Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception 
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep. 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats

Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.

Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the future replacement of all of its seats to be completed by fall 2017.

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