Concerts & Events

Taylor Centre concerts and events
Taylor Centre concerts and events

Experience the best at MRU

Artists, speakers and ensembles take the stage in our award-winning Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts. Experience performances by emerging student artists and well-established masters from here and around the world.

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Wednesday, Sept. 27; Thursday, Sept. 28; and Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Leslie Feist was raised in Calgary and developed an interest in music after joining a youth choir. Before becoming a Juno Award-winning international pop sensation, she was a part of the Canadian alternative music scene with her Calgary-based punk band Placebo, which won a local Battle of the Bands to earn a spot to open for the Ramones.

A key member of Broken Social Scene, she released the solo projects Let It Die (2004), Open Season (2006), The Reminder (2007), Metals (2011) and this year’s Pleasure.


Israeli Chamber Project (Wyatt Series)

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall

Tickets: buy online or 403.440.7770

Founded in 2008, the Israeli Chamber Project is composed of distinguished musicians Yehonatan Berick (violin), Mark Holloway (viola), Michal Korman (cello), Tibi Cziger (clarinet) and Assaff Weisman (piano). Based in Israel and New York, the ensemble was created so its members could give back to the community and showcase Israeli culture. The Israeli Chamber Project gathers for chamber music concerts, and educational and outreach programs around the world.

Cariboo Express

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall

Tickets: coming soon

Experience the sense of community Barney Bentall has created with The Cariboo Express. The one-of-a-kind event brings together a dozen or more of Canada’s finest roots and country musicians in an evening that hearkens back to a simpler, down-home good time. The Cariboo Express is about laughter, storytelling and the timeless sound of contemporary songwriters with great respect for tradition. The show is a heartfelt set of roots, folk and rock favourites performed by an exceptional roster of friends and guests, including Ridley Bent, Dustin Bentall, Wendy Bird, Kendel Carson, Leeroy Stagger and more. Backed by The Gold Rush All Stars, each song is performed by a different lead or collaboration, and introduced with a unique monologue scripted by Bentall and co-host Matt Masters.


Calgary Youth Orchestra

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall

Tickets: coming soon

The Calgary Youth Orchestra (CYO) is the flagship orchestra in Mount Royal Conservatory's Orchestral Program. Internationally recognized as one of Canada's leading youth orchestras, the CYO provides solid training in orchestral playing with professional coaching from some of the best local, national and international clinicians and conductors. The CYO will be performing under the direction of conductor Edmond Agopian.


Tanya Tagaq

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall

Tickets: coming soon

Experimental vocalist Tanya Tagaq’s music is a game-changer. The Arctic-born artist is an improvisational performer, avant-garde composer and experimental recording artist who won the 2014 Polaris Music Prize for her third album, Animism. The album disrupted the music world in Canada and beyond with its powerfully original vision. Her critically acclaimed follow-up, Retribution, is an even more musically aggressive, more aggressively political, more challenging, more spine-tingling and more powerful masterpiece.

Recently appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, Tagaq challenges static ideas of genre and culture, and contends with themes of environmentalism, human rights and post-colonial issues in her work.

Winter Fantasia

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at 2 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall

Tickets: coming soon

Winter Fantasia is a showcase of the work of the MRU Conservatory choral ensembles, including Arietta, Aria and Arioso, with the Conservatory Strings and a performance of "A Christmas Wish" by Lori Evert (author) and Per Breiehagen (illustrator), courtesy of the MRU Speech Arts performers. Calgary's own Heebee-jeebees will host this seasonal event.

Sounds of the Season

Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall

Tickets: coming soon

Come celebrate the festive season in song. The MRU Conservatory ensembles — including the Calgary Youth Orchestra, Mount Royal Zhi-Yin Choir, Mount Royal Kantorei and Artio choirs — take the stage at the Taylor Centre in a yuletide event that also features an appearance by Calgary’s own comic a cappella group, the Heebee-jeebees.

Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Wyatt Series)

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall

Tickets: buy online or 403.440.7770

“Pompa-Baldi knew how to suspend time, letting a phrase hover and expand in poised inner stillness… (He) relied on warmth, exquisite taste and… arresting technique.” The Los Angeles Times (Chris Pasles)

Born and raised in Foggia, Italy, Antonio Pompa-Baldi won the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 1999 and embarked on a career that extends across five continents. He is an award-winning concert pianist and a beloved professor of music at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Maestro Pompa-Baldi’s talent is powered by boundless technical prowess and a genuine love of music.

Johannes Moser & Andrei Korobeinikov (Wyatt Series)

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. — Bella Concert Hall

Tickets: buy online or 403.440.7770

Hailed by Gramophone magazine as "one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists," German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world’s leading orchestras. He is becoming renowned for his efforts to expand the reach of the classical genre and new music. Andrei Korobeinikov gave his first professional solo recital at the age of eight at the Great Hall of the Baku State Academy of Music in Azerbaijan. Since then, he has performed in more than 45 countries and won countless prizes. Andrei is a soloist, but also adores performing chamber music recitals with fellow artists.