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National Music Centre’s Afternoon Classical Music Series at the King Eddy Returns on April 10

NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE'S AFTERNOON CLASSICAL MUSIC SERIES AT THE KING EDDY RETURNS ON APRIL 10

WEEKLY CLASSICAL MUSIC AND SUNDAY BRUNCH SERIES TO FEATURE JENS LINDEMANN, KEVIN CHEN, PEAKS + PRAIRIES ENSEMBLE, NEW WORKS CALGARY, AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED 

(Calgary, AB — March 17, 2022) The National Music Centre (NMC) is pleased to announce the return of its Sunday afternoon classical concert series at the King Eddy, starting on April 10. The series will feature some of Canada's brightest classical talents alongside a delicious brunch menu.

The concert series, NMC Presents: King Eddy Classical, will happen at the historic venue every Sunday afternoon at 12:00 pm from April 10 to June 26. Each ticket includes admission and a prix-fixe brunch. Tickets are $40 (+GST and applicable fees) per person. A 20% gratuity will also be added during online checkout, so you can leave your wallet at home.

“After piloting our afternoon classical series at the King Eddy in 2020, we received such an overwhelmingly positive response that we knew we had to bring it back,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of NMC. “This weekly series will once again bring together world-class musicians in an intimate setting with a brunch menu that can’t be beat – it’s the perfect combination!”

NMC Presents: King Eddy Classical schedule

  • April 10 – Jens Lindemann
  • April 17 – Kevin Chen
  • April 24 – Peaks + Prairies Ensemble
  • May 15 – New Works Calgary

Jens Lindemann is the first classical brass player to ever receive the Order of Canada and the leading trumpet soloist in Canada’s history. An internationally recognized virtuoso, his work has garnered him multiple Juno Award and Grammy nominations. Hear repertoire from the Juno-nominated and Vienna International Music Gold Medal-winning recording, "Bach and Brahms Reimagined," as well as Brahms trio Op. 40, and Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. Also works by Astor Piazzolla, "Fats" Waller, and more.

Classical pianist and composer Kevin Chen is a winner of multiple international piano competitions, including the youngest ever of the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition at 16 years old.

Founded in 2021, the Peaks + Prairies Ensemble is an Alberta-based artist collective featuring a large and diverse roster of performers. For this concert, Ensemble musicians Lev Nesterov (violin), Anna Stube (viola), Ine Coetzee (cello), and Christine Sul (piano) will present a program of masterpieces written for piano quartet, which will include established repertoire paired with unjustly forgotten compositions and more modern avant-garde works.

Through its concert series, New Works Calgary supports the creation and performance of contemporary concert music and brings together a confluence of creative energies from composers, musicians, and adventurous listeners.

Tickets for the first four NMC Presents: King Eddy Classical events are on sale now. Head to studiobell.ca/whats-on to purchase your tickets in advance, and stay tuned for more shows in the series to be announced soon.

NMC Members receive discounted admission to all King Eddy Classical events, so purchase your membership online today! Details at studiobell.ca/members.

Special thanks to the Viewpoint Foundation and Irene and Walt DeBoni for their support of this series.

About National Music Centre | Centre National de Musique
The National Music Centre (NMC) has a mission to amplify the love, sharing, and understanding of music and is preserving and celebrating Canada’s music story inside its home at Studio Bell in the heart of the East Village in Mohkinstsis (Calgary) on Treaty 7 territory. A registered charity with programs that include exhibitions, artist development, performance, and education, NMC is inspiring a new generation of music lovers. For more information about NMC’s onsite activities, please visit studiobell.ca. To check out the NMC experience online, including video-on-demand performances, made-in-Canada stories, and highly entertaining educational content, visit amplify.nmc.ca.

About the King Eddy
Founded in 1905, the King Edward Hotel was one of the first built in Calgary along 9 Avenue (known as “Whiskey Row”), and throughout its history was a home and destination for travelers, settlers, musicians, music fans, and citizens from all walks of life. From the early 1980s until it closed in 2003, the “Eddy” had a respected local, national and international reputation for great live music and was affectionately known as “Calgary’s Home of the Blues.” After a careful restoration of the historic building, the revitalized Eddy reopened for good as a bar, restaurant and live music venue in 2018. While the King Eddy stage was previously known for attracting blues greats like Buddy Guy and Pinetop Perkins, the new Eddy stage presents all music for all people. In addition to a stellar roster of local and out-of-town touring acts, the Eddy’s kitchen serves up new Canadian-inspired dishes and comfort-food classics for lunch, brunch, and dinner. For more information, please visit kingeddy.ca.

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