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Living through the Holocaust

By Andrew Tomilson

There are pieces of history that leave an enduring footprint on those who survive. On Fri., Oct. 26, Auschwitz survivor Sigmund Sobolewski came to the University of Calgary to deliver a lecture titled "Implications of the Holocaust." Clad in an Auschwitz-style prisoner’s uniform, Sobolewski explained how he survived for several years as a political prisoner… Continue reading Living through the Holocaust

The symphony, cheap

By Andrew Tomilson

Students with an extra $50 in their pockets can now witness the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Holst’s The Planets from the Jack Singer Concert Hall’s choir loft. A special offer from the CPO will allow students to enjoy the last five concerts of this season’s Classics Series. The upcoming concerts present an eclectic repertoire… Continue reading The symphony, cheap

Verdi’s fat scoundrel

By Andrew Tomilson

In 1893, shortly after the release "Falstaff", which was to become his most celebrated comic opera, Verdi admittedly reported that "Certain passages are so droll that the music has often made me laugh while writing it." Over 100 years later, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra helped me appreciate Verdi’s claim. Regarded by some as the pre-eminent… Continue reading Verdi’s fat scoundrel