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New Symphony Orchestra Debuts in Okotoks

Conductor says it makes high calibre music accessible and affordable.

Rocky Mountain Symphony logoOKOTOKS, AB – A new symphony orchestra out of Calgary is making its way to Okotoks in the coming weeks in its mission to make excellent orchestral music accessible to everyone.

The Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Carlos Foggin, began its activities earlier this year, and is making its debut performance for its touring series in Okotoks on September 23, 2016 at the Okotoks United Church.

“Classical music has a tendency to seem elitist and snobbish,” said Foggin.

“We’re challenging that misconception by bringing excellent music to the communities outside of Calgary, starting in Okotoks and Strathmore.”

The orchestra is made up of about 50 highly professional musicians, all from the Calgary region including 3 musicians who call Okotoks home. They will be featuring Beethoven’s popular Fifth Symphony, along with other selections they expect concert goers to be familiar with.

“We guarantee we have something there for everyone,” said Foggin.

Foggin says he is working on organizing more tours later this year, including concerts in Turner Valley and High River, as well as many other communities all around Calgary.

“We recognized the economic downturn this year might make it more difficult for some to get to the Jack Singer to hear professional orchestral music, much less at a ticket that doesn’t force you into the third balcony,” said Foggin.
“Bringing the music to you at a ticket price of $25 is something every musician in this orchestra wants to do.”

For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit www.rmso.ca.

Rocky Mtn Orchestra program

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