Since 1979

About Us

Welcome to the Instrumental Society of Calgary!

For almost 40 years, we have been working to bring together professional musicians from the Calgary area together with the music loving community. Through our seasonal concerts and various community outreach programs, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment for chamber music enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

Join the Instrumental Society of Calgary in our 38th Season to hear the best local musicians in Calgary perform exceptional chamber music.

For the 2018-19 season, the Instrumental Society of Calgary is proud to present Words and Music, on exploration of how music has been inspired by or has generated writings. Our concerts are performed by the best of Calgary’s artists in one of the most welcoming and acoustically beautiful venues in our city, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church.

We hope to see you soon!

What’s On

Upcoming Events Presented by ISC

Mallarmé and French Impressionism

October 14, 2018  Join us for this exciting season opener featuring one of Canada’s most outstanding singers, Norine Burgess, mezzo-soprano. Norine joins conductor and pianist, Rolf Bertsch, and an all-star ensemble of ISC musicians in works by Debussy, Ravel, and Fauré inspired by the French décadents, Verlaine and Mallarmé. Performers Norine Burgess, Mezzo-Soprano Rolf Bertsch, […]

Radio Hour

November 18, 2018  Calgary’s own CBC radio personality, Katherine Duncan hosts Radio Hour with musicians Nan Hughes, mezzo-soprano, Beth Root Sandvoss, cello and Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano. The programme takes the listener through the playful and capricious sounds of Debussy, the lyric expressions of Schumann, and Janáček’s Fairy-tales, with humour, intrigue and sophistication. Katherine Duncan will […]

Family Matters 3

December 9, 2018  They’re back! This amazing family of outstanding musicians has enchanted and moved audiences around the world. This is their third appearance in our series and will include a work especially commissioned for the ISC. A concert not to be missed! Performers Diana Cohen, violin Franklin Cohen, clarinet Alex Cohen, percussion Roman Rabinovich. […]


January 20, 2019  The cello is one of the most lyrically expressive instruments. Olena Kilchyk, cellist extraordinaire, and Kathleen van Mourik, pianist and co-Artistic Director of The Mountain View Festival of Song and Chamber Music, making her debut appearance at the ISC, will enchant you with this rich and exotic program of songs without words. […]

Inner Worlds

February 24, 2019  These two rarely heard quartets offer a glimpse into the personal crises of their respective composers. Sibelius, struggling with his alcoholism and cancer scare, inscribed the words “Voce intimae” in a friend’s copy of this score. Janacek composed this quartet, originally entitled “Love Letters”, while mired in a lengthy and one-sided obsession […]

I Close My Eyes in Order to See

March 24, 2019  “Je ferme les yeux pour voir.” – Paul Gauguin Just as Paul Gauguin’s famous quote has inspired artists throughout modern history to explore inner meanings beyond visual images, this beautiful program encourages listeners to close their eyes and experience evocative stories and images through words and music spanning five centuries. Each of […]

Voices From The North

April 28, 2019     Presented in collaboration with Wordfest, this unique and extraordinary concert presents three brothers from northern Alberta – a composer, an author, and a playwright – sharing the stage for the first time. Giller-winning author Will Ferguson shares images and stories of growing up in northern Alberta. Leacock medal winner Ian Ferguson […]

The Rite and The Carnival

May 26, 2019 Join pianists Akiko Tominaga and Rolf Bertsch with ISC friends in the ever-popular Carnival of the Animals. Helping to celebrate Spring, this star-studded season finale includes Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and tangos by Piazzolla. Performers Akiko Tominaga, piano Rolf Bertsch, piano Friends of the ISC Programme Igor Stravinsky                         Rite of Spring […]

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