Learn with MPI: Behind the Curtain at Arts Commons

February 21, 2017
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Arts Commons
205 8 Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0K9
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       This event is brought to you by MPI GCC in partnership with ILEA.

A backstage experience at Arts Commons, in collaboration with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (event not included in Annual Event Pass).


Location: Jack Singer Rehearsal Hall (entry from Arts Commons’ stage door entrance on 220 9th Avenue SE)



5:00 - 6:00pm Registration & Mingling in the Jack Singer Rehearsal Hall

6:00pm Event starts


Speaker: CPO’s Resident Conductor, Karl Hirzer


What can we learn from the CPO Resident Conductor about directing and shaping the sound of an orchestra where every musician is playing their own part? How do we apply it to the business world?

Have you ever wondered what it takes to have 60 people create the perfect harmony, without saying a word? Take a peek behind the curtain to see what goes on at an Arts Centre, learn about the close connection between people and music management, and get a different perspective on what it takes to combine teamwork, role definition, goal setting, execution and much more into creating one desired outcome.




Speaker Bio: Originally from New Westminster, British Columbia, Karl Hirzer has performed across Canada, as well as in the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. He completed his graduate studies in 2015 at the McGill University Schulich School of Music, studying piano performance with Ilya Poletaev, and orchestral conducting with Alexis Hauser. He was subsequently accepted into the prestigious Menuhin Festival Gstaad Conducting Academy, where he worked over the summer following with the Gstaad Festival Orchestra and Neeme Järvi, Leonid Grin, and Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Upon returning to Montreal in the fall, he ?lled the role of Assistant Conductor to the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble under the direction of Guillaume Bourgogne.


Beginning piano lessons at the age of six, Karl Hirzer played numerous instruments in various ensembles throughout his youth, eventually obtaining his ARCT diploma at the age of seventeen. He then relocated to Victoria, British Columbia to pursue undergraduate studies in music at the University of Victoria, where he studied piano with Bruce Vogt, and was introduced to the art of conducting by Ajtony Csaba. In 2011, he won the Johann Strauss Scholarship Competition, enabling him to travel to Salzburg, Austria and study with renowned Mozart scholar Robert Levin as part of the Mozarteum Sommerakademie. He has been the recipient of many scholarships and awards from McGill University and the University of Victoria, the latter of which he graduated from with distinction. He has played or conducted in masterclasses for Zsolt Nagy, Olivier Gardon, Eitan Globerson, Walter Prossnitz, and Colin Tilney.



Malcolm Lim, Bio: Malcolm Lim, Maestro and CEO of Rhythm Mastery, uses artistic processes and drumming to facilitate change in work culture. Grounded in neuroscience, his techniques help teams think creatively, improve collaboration, and stay calm under pressure. Malcolm has a Postgraduate Certificate in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University, UK. He performs regularly with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as a percussionist and teaches at the Mount Royal University Conservatory of Music. He has worked with IBM, The Pembina Institute, Conoco Phillips, MacLean and Partners, Treaty 8 First Nations, and The Banff Centre.







$40.00 Member Registration

$55.00 Non-Member Registration

$55.00 Guest Registration