The most common definition of “chamber music” is music written for a small group of musicians – usually from two to eight – with one performer to a part and generally without conductor. At Calgary Pro Musica, we embrace a broad definition of chamber music that includes not just the most common chamber ensembles – the string quartet (two violins, viola and cello), the piano trio (violin, cello, and piano) and woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon) – but spanning many combinations that can include strings, piano, wind instruments, voice and even chamber orchestras.
We also try to represent the music of many eras from the Baroque masters and earlier to compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. The heart of chamber music is the spirit of collaboration. The democratic essence of the music engages the performers in a close musical dialogue and invites the audience to listen actively and thoughtfully. These qualities have led many of history’s greatest composers to choose it as the medium to express their most profound and intimate musical thought.
We invite you to join us and experience this compelling art form first hand.