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 39th Season to hear the best local musicians in Calgary perform exceptional chamber music.

For its 2019-20 season Beethoven Plus, the ISC is celebrating the mighty Ludwig’s 250th birthday with programming featuring many of his greatest chamber works performed with passion and world class quality by the best of Calgary’s professional musicians.

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

Alex Klein & Friends

October 13, 2019 – 3PM Recognized as one of the world’s leading oboists, legendary former principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony and CPO’s new principal, Alex Klein, makes his ISC debut in a concert filled with music of Beethoven and his contemporaries. Experience his brilliance up close with his new music friends from his new home […]

Trio De Moda

November 17, 2019 – 3PM CPO cellist Kathleen de Caen introduces her Edmonton-based string trio to ISC audiences. Trio De Moda continues to attract converts with its style, flair and stimulating choices of delightful and familiar pieces as well as hidden gems. This concert explores string trio music spanning three centuries, including works by Beethoven, Dohnányi […]

Penny Sanborn Trio & Laura Hynes

December 8, 2019 – 3PM Penny Sanborn is one the most beloved artists in Calgary. Her warmth and easy connection with both audiences and music makes this another not to be missed happening. The Penny Sanborn Trio, with Jamie Philp and Rubim de Toledo, takes you on a tour of French musette, Italian, tango and classical […]

The Mozart Effect

January 12, 2020 – 3PM The Perfect Cadence Woodwind Quintet joins us again this season for a program of works that are inspired by Beethoven’s predecessor, Mozart. In this concert, Briccialdi’s Woodwind Quintet has a Mozartian light and Italianate Bel Canto style, Lansky’s Quintet was inspired by the third movement Adagio of Mozart’s Serenade for Winds, […]

Music, Words & Technology: The Impact

Feburary 9, 2020 – 3PM Right up to his death, Beethoven never ceased pushing music to its limits. After Beethoven, it was impossible to go back to the time when music was regarded as a soporific for wealthy patrons who could doze through a concert and then go home quietly to bed. Fast forward 250 years, […]


March 15, 2020 – 3PM Rodolphe Kreutzer, a remarkable 18th century violinist whose own compositions have largely been forgotten, but whose name lives on through the works of others, provide the inspiration for this program. Beethoven’s heroic Sonata for Violin and Piano, and Janacek’s intensely descriptive and often frenetic string quartet are linked by the same […]


May 24, 2020  – 3PM The 2019-20 season closes with a concert featuring CPO assistant principal cellist, Josué Valdapeñas, and his father, Joaquin, legendary principal clarinettist of the Toronto Symphony performing a program of two of the greatest works in the chamber music repertoire.   Peformers Maria van der Sloot, violin Alejandro Valdepeñas, violin Laurent […]

Great Quartets

April 26, 2020 – 3PM Featuring a superb quartet of CPO musicians, this program pairs two of the most dramatic and weighty quartets ever written. Bartok wrote his Second Quartet in the midst of World War I. The work has a sense both of concentration and dramatic drive throughout its three movements. The progression of […]

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